The parking area is just north of Highway 38 off of Rapids Drive and North Green Bay Road. Since you've already paddled upriver, you essentially already scouted out the fast sections for jambs or other obstacles so you really fly. This is especially true in the fall when the salmon are running. Waterfowl Area Quarry Lake Park The map also shows the parks along the river. This is a limestone, spring creek that for the most part, flows through pastures. The southern section runs through a series of city parks and urban areas. The river lies within Minnesota's Driftless Area, a region which missed being glaciated during the last ice age, i.e., the Wisconsinian glaciation. From Mapcarta, the free map. The river gradually deepens over the next mile or so and basically turns into a long harbor. There is another developed put-in in a small city park (I believe the sign by the park says Clayton Park, but it's listed as Cedar Bend Park on one of the Racine Maps) a little less than 2 miles downriver from the Steelhead Facility. The Root River & Harmony-Preston Valley state bike trail system combine to create over 60 miles of paved, DNR-maintained trail. Root River is a river in Rushford Village, MN in Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. About 2 miles downriver from Horlick Dam there is a canoe launch located just above the Root River Steelhead Facility Dam in Lincoln Park. Do more with Bing Maps. There is a small county park on 5 Mile Road where you can launch or take out. The last mile is lined with boat slips and has no noticeable current. The reality is, if there were any serious obstacles in any of the fast moving sections, you probably would not have gotten past them going upriver anyway. You could optionally put-in or take out just a little further upriver in Colonial Park off of West High Street. It's actually kind of fun because the current gradually increases as you head west from the Highway 31 bridge so you can challenge yourself by seeing how far you can get upriver against the ever increasing current. River Bend Boat Launch 1 mile 1.5 miles 2 miles HWY 31 Bridge 2.14 miles 0.5 miles 1 mile Horlick Dam 1.3 miles The Root River 0.5 miles [Distances are calculated from launch at River Bend.] The Root River tends to fill up and empty rather quickly so you can often see the levels go up several feet within a few hours of a heavy rain and then drop back to normal (low) levels within a day or two. In addition, I have included a separate map image (further down this page) that is an enlarged version of the popular section from 5 Mile Road to the developed canoe launch above Horlick Dam. This is a somewhat low water level and you will find many shallow sections (less than a foot deep) at this level. Once you get to the point where the speed of the current surpasses your paddling capacity (or you just get tired), you turn around and enjoy a fast ride back to the launch. I believe this is public land, so maybe they will eventually put in a developed launch there. Another route would take you south on Hwy 38 (see the second map) to Spring Street. The 3.1-mile section between Highway 31 and 4 Mile Road becomes faster because of sections of narrower channel and shallower rocky bottom sections. The time I paddled this section there was a rather significant accumulation here that took some doing to work my way through. There are a total of 117 miles of rivers and streams in the Root River watershed. Root River is an English…. This page is authored and maintained by Dave Piasecki, Overview of All Routes and General Information, 5 Mile Road to developed landing above Horlick Dam - 7.50 Miles, High Resolution PDF version of Root River Overview Map, http://trailville.com/w/index.php?title=WI_Racine_Root_River&oldid=2770. I don't believe there is an easy portage around Horlick Dam (see photo above), but even if there were I'm not sure it would get a lot of use. About a half mile below the steelhead facility, the channel splits creating a large island (Island Park). It's important to catch the right water levels when paddling certain sections of the Root River. There are quite a few bridges over each channel in this area. On this page you will find an overview map showing the entire Racine County portion of the Root River. I think at levels of 6 feet or below, you can generally expect it to be open, and at levels above 8 or 9 feet it will likely be closed, but at those levels between 6 and 8 feet ??? 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