Continuing with Heward's journal, matching progress to our Intrepid Four:
Paddle Day 8 Friday Apl 2d 1790. Could not get an Indian to pass the Portage but engaged one to meet us at the Fork of the River to conduct us this Post seems to furnish good small peltrie. Sanscraint seems to have about 12 packs. Wrote to Mr.Robertson & left with Sanscraint to be sent tomorrow. Set off about 10 oClock our Course up the River nearly West Nore West the Current for about 2 Leagues exceeding Strong the banks high but the land dry & barren abounding with Black Oak & Fern our distance about 12 miles.
Campsite: Gallup Park at Ann Arbor?
Paddle Day 9 Saturday Apl 3rd 1790. parted the Weather fine Current not so strong as Yesterday the River much Streighter & the Course West Nore West the banks still high but the Land still of a barren kind being a Stony thin Soil with principally Red Oak to here there seems yet a Great Body of Water & a firm Gravelly Bottom too high yet for setting to advantage thus far to mid Day the course West & by North The River streighter & wider but from hence in the Summer there cannot be much Water there is now a fine gravelly bottom the Width of the River about 45 yds a strong Current but able to traverse with poles any where, our Distance about 25 miles & not yet come to the Forks. Encamped
Campsite: West end of Barton Pond?
Sunday April 4th 1790. Obliged to remain all Day a continual Rain. Went to look above but could not yet see the Forks (that means he walked up the Indian trail that follows the river) the Course at this place nearly West.
Paddle Day 10 - HUNTING FOR THE PORTAGE Monday Apl 5th 1790. Continued our Rout the course nearly West & arrived at a Villiage age at Mid day ( Delhi Mills?) The Water still strong & on a flat Gravelly Bottom the Country nearly as before. about 5 oClock arrived at the Forks which from the River on a West course divides one branch South West & the other North West that of the South West being our Course (bad mistake!) we proceeded about four miles up & encamped near where we were to make a Mark for our Indian. I went up as far as where the Squas from the River Huron had passed where the Mark was to be made but saw no Indian (I have never been able to figure out this entry in his journal...what Squas? He never mentioned squaws before...neither had he said anything about a mark). this Branch is a strong deep Current but narrow the Course nearly South by West & the country barren as before.
Campsite: "About four miles up" Mill Creek would be about where Mill Creek crosses under I 94.
The Wisconsin River flows 430 miles across the state from Lac Vieux Desert in northern Wisconsin to its junction with the Mississippi River ar Wyalusing State Park in southwestern Wisconsin. Known as "the nation's hardest working river," it has many power dams and resevoirs, mainly on its upper and middle portions along the lower stretch with beautiful scenery and numerous islands.