Turtle Creek Mileage Chart

This Turtle Creek Mileage Chart will help you plan your trip! Click to download PDF

Our Facebook Community

Friends of Turtle Creek is a community group on Facebook where you can share tips, photos and safety concerns. This is where most of our community communication happens. We encourage you to join the group at this link. 

Due to rapid growth of this group and user pressure on Turtle Creek, we have recently added “Group […]

History Along Turtle Creek

Whether you’re paddling or hiking along Turtle Creek you are moving along the same waters and trails that ancient peoples have also traversed for thousands of years. Below you can learn about these ancient peoples and the clues they left behind about their lives. 
The Mound Builders – The area around Turtle Creek was home to humans during the Woodland period […]

Be A Safe Paddler!

Nature At The Confluence in South Beloit recently held a “Safe Paddling 101” program so paddlers can learn how to be better prepared and stay safe on the water. We’ve seen quite a few days of high water on Turtle Creek and Rock River this summer and more than a few people have had some tip […]

Earth Day Work Day planned for Tiffany Bridge property

A final spring volunteer work effort clearing County Road J sightlines to the Five Arch Bridge over Turtle Creek will take Place on Saturday April 22nd (Earth Day) from 9 AM – Noon.

We will be meeting at Turtle Creek Parkway located at 6598 South Smith Road Clinton, WI 53525. Dress for the weather and bring […]

Turtle Creek Wildlife Area Paddle Trip Report

On Labor Day a  few friends tried a section of Turtle Creek that we hadn’t explored before – paddling through the Turtle Creek Wildlife Area. We put in at Cty Hwy C and took out at the bridge on Carvers Rock Road (see map). It’s a 6.60 mile paddle, which under normal conditions would take about 2 hours and […]

Howl at the Moon Group Paddle Trip Report

Friends of Turtle Creek gathered for the first annual “Howl At The Moon” paddle trip on August 18, launching at sunset (8pm) with a moonrise that night at 8:05pm.  We had 14 people join us on the trip, 7 got out at Tiffany Bridge and 7 continued to Sweet Allyn Park. Weather was clear an hour before launch […]

Marking Bridges to Aid Paddlers

At the last meetings of Friends of Turtle Creek it was suggested by Dean Paynter that it would be easier to plan and enjoy your paddle trip if you knew which bridge you were going under. Also, the marking adds a layer of safety, as it helps paddlers identify better where they are, and if […]

Friends of Turtle Creek -Minutes from June 7 Meeting

Friends of Turtle Creek
Meeting Minutes
Turtle Township Town Hall 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
June 7, 2016

Attendees: Dean Paynter, Tom Presny, Richard Stenstrom, Tom Holmes, Hank Woodard, Marline Holmes, Carl Lange, Bob Blakely, Sandy Thorpe, Dave Hoffman, Terry Meyers, Carol Mankiewicz, Kathy Fernan, Steve Johnson, and Therese Oldenburg,

Staff: Dave Hoffman, Community Coordinator – […]

Large blockage removed from Turtle Creek

Through efforts of the Friends of Turtle Creek, a large blockage that was causing a safety and flooding issue on Turtle Creek was removed.

On June 24-26, 2013 Turtle Creek flooded due to a week of heavy rains. It crested on June 26 at 11.76 ft, the second highest level since April 21, 1973 when heavy rains caused Turtle […]

Work Day helps clear brush from Tiffany Bridge

On December 8, 2015, on 41 degree day, about 15 Friends of Turtle Creek volunteers participated in the clearing of vegetation at the Tiffany Bridge in partnership with Rock County Parks. This historic 5-arch limestone railroad bridge that spans Turtle Creek is one of Rock County’s most photographed icon. Over the years it has been overgrown […]