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Blackhawk River Runs

"The Best Kept Secret On The Lower Wisconsin River"

About Us

Blackhawk River Runs, in Mazomanie, WI, is the lower Wisconsin Rivers family owned and operated canoe rental company and sandbar camping experience. We are centrally located between Mazomanie and Sauk City. For canoeing, kayaking, sandbar camping and more, give us a call! Were the best-kept secret on the Lower Wisconsin River since 1970! Certifications: CDL Fully Licensed Bus Drivers. Associations: Better Business Bureau, Sauk Prairie Chamber of Commerce.

Areas Served

Spring Green, WI | Dodgeville, WI | Middleton, WI | Portage, WI | Wisconsin Dells, WI | Baraboo, WI | Okee, WI | Waunakee, WI | Lodi, WI | Lower Wisconsin Riverway

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On 8/17/2023 Jessica Riphenburg had this to say:
These guys are the best! I've taken about 20 trips down the Wisconsin River using Blackhawk River Runs equipment and shuttle service. The family that owns the business is so warm, friendly and accommodating, and the location is the perfect starting point if you want to soak in gorgeous scenery in a quiet, peaceful setting.

On 8/15/2023 Michael Winger had this to say:
The website is somewhat helpful, but I’ll fill in what was missing and helpful to me to know for my day-trip to Arena Landing yesterday. All black hawk river runs start upstream, which means you paddle down river and get picked up by their shuttle service. Day Trip ($60 - canoe) You are only able to paddle to Arena Landing for day-trips. You cannot get picked up at any other landing same-day. If you leave by 10, you can select a 3PM or 5PM pickup at Arena Landing. If you leave by noon, you can select only the 5PM pickup at Arena Landing. Overnight - Arena ($85 - canoe) Same as above, but you’re able to pick 1PM as an additional shuttle pickup time in addition to 3PM and 5PM. Overnight - Spring Green/Peck’s Landing ($95 - canoe) Pickup options are for overnight only. You cannot day-trip to Spring Green (Peck’s Landing) Pickup time options are noon, 2PM and 4PM the next day. The paddle is probably 20 miles but I don’t know for sure. Pets Allowed on the shuttle. Must be leashed and have control over them. Allowed in canoes. A note about the Arena Landing: this landing is landlocked which means it involves a 100-foot portage over the sand, then getting back in the water and canoeing another 100 feet to the sandy landing. Do not use the paved landing, that is for the public. Get out on the beach since that's where the bus is - it's a separate road. It can be a little hard to see but google maps GPS and an explanation by the owner will ensure you don’t miss it. This service is only 25 minutes away from my home and I’m definitely going to use them for day-trips where I don’t want to drive multiple cars. I found everyone to be helpful, kind and enthusiastic.

On 8/14/2023 Juan Monterrey had this to say:
Wonderful friendly service! Their car shuttle service really made our trip. We unloaded our gear at their put in then paid $55.00 (must be cash or check), signed waiver forms, and handed our second copy of keys to the staff. After a weekend on the river, we landed at Peck's point and our car (that was dropped off by the staff) was waiting for us. We didn't feel rushed to be at a location and we appreciate the service. Will use again in the future.

On 8/6/2023 Melissa Lundquist had this to say:
This group has been nothing but accommodating to our FUGAWI tribe. As long as you respect their facility they will do everything they can to help you out.

On 5/26/2023 Shaun Garner (MightyMouse) had this to say:
I love this place let the dog run wild all kinds of woods and nature it's just awesome spot

Contact Us

Blackhawk River Runs
10032 CR Y Mazomanie, WI 53560
Phone: (608) 643-6724

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Our Hours

Holiday Hours May Vary. Please Call For Details.

Monday: By reservation for overnight trips and car shuttles after 12:30
Tuesday: By reservation for overnight trips and car shuttles after 12:30
Wednesday: By reservation for overnight trips and car shuttles after 12:30
Thursday: By reservation for overnight trips and car shuttles after 12:30
Friday: By reservation for overnight trips and car shuttles after 12:30
Saturday: final departure time for day trips is 12:30
Sunday: final departure time for day trips is 12:30


We are excited to share this story of Amy and Jay, who first met on a Blackhawk River Runs canoe trip, and who are now engaged to be married! Amy shared:

“We met on a canoe trip in 2008. My closest guy friend, Justin, brought his best friend, Jason, along on our second annual canoe trip to be his canoe partner and that is how Jay and I met. The day he proposed had been incredibly hot, I think upper nineties all day and absolutely no cloud cover at all.

Just as Jay was figuring out how to make his move, it began to rain, but not just a little rain, oh no, we got a deluge! Wind whipping, black clouds overhead, lightning flashing and just a massive amount of rain coming down.

Jay and I climb into our tent. However, he is unusually quiet, so I look over at him and ask if he wants to watch a movie or something to pass the time.

…Then he pulled the ring from his pocket and asked me to be Mrs. Kuffel. It was kind of perfect. It's looking like we're aiming for the weekend before our wedding for this year's canoe trip, which is pretty perfect in my mind!”

Thank you for sharing your story with us, and we are honored to be a part of it!


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