This first trip from the Dam to the River Road Landing runs the gamut from narrow but passable (be prepared for beaver dams and deadfalls) through twists and turns (may need to walk through a stretch of low hazard rapids) to broad floodplain with occasional oxbows and moderately fast current. There are some portages (by the dam, across the road, and some beaver dams). There are also several landings suitable for take-out or put-in. There are also two campsites (one night only) along the route.
From Hwy 45 and County Highway E (about 2 miles south of Land O’ Lakes) turn east on County Hwy E and continue about 3 miles to W. Shore Rd.. Turn north on West Shore Road about ½ mile to Starlite Lane. Turn east on Starlite Lane and continue about ¼ mile to a parking area for the dam.