My girlfriend and I are planning our first kayak excursion into the wilderness. We are looking at spending some time on the Kickapoo river in Southwestern Wisconsin. It's a fairly easy river offering plenty of primitive campsites.
I was looking for some tips and suggestions on planning the trip. Being our first time I don't want to set unreal expectations as to our daily distance traveled. Would it be a better idea to set up a base camp to return to in the evening, or bring all of our gear with us? We will be in two Potomac Catalyst 100 kayaks.
I would like to traverse the entire river, but my biggest fear with that approach is arriving at the charted campsites and finding them all occupied and being stuck with nowhere to spend the night.
I'd like to start in Ontario and travel to a campsite in the reserve to spend the night, with a return trip the following day. Another option would be to park in the reserve, find a camp, and head out exploring. This would limit the amount of the river we would get to see.
A map of the waterway with campsites and trip times can be seen here: http://kvr.state.wi.us/docview.asp?docid=10916&locid=115
Any help, tips, or suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!