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Enjoying the Rock River

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Greg Peck
April 22, 2013

What’s your favorite recreational pursuit on the Rock River (other than watching the current flooding, of course)? Have you ever paddled a canoe or kayak on it? Have you enjoyed fishing on Lake Koshkonong, which is a flowage of the river? Have you enjoyed watching the Rock Aqua Jays perform their tricks at Traxler Park? Have you considered all the recreational opportunities that the Rock offers?

Lately, sightseers have been streaming to the river to watch another flood that—absent more heavy rains in coming days—should fall just short of the record spillover of 2008. The flooding is unfortunate. The waters will eventually recede, however, and recreational opportunities will return.

Recent inclusion of the Rock as a National Water Trails System waterway and expected state designation of the Rock River Trail Scenic & Historic Route could stir more tourism interest in the 320-mile river that dissects Janesville. Visitors will come not only to ply its waters but to drive and bicycle and camp and hike and watch birds and enjoy other wildlife that the river naturally attracts.

Who’s behind these designations, and what might they mean for communities up and down the river? We’ll share our perspectives in our editorial Tuesday.

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook

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