I have done both rivers. There are a lot of stainers and fences across both rivers. The best stretch on the South Fork is from Oliver Road to Bad Axe Road. It's only a couple of miles and not too exciting. The best stretch on the North Fork is from Highway 56 to the Mississippi River landing. This stretch is about 4 or 5 miles, but takes a while due to portaging strainers and fences.
The various options are all fairly small drainage areas: 10, 15, and 30 square miles. It will take significant rain or spring snowmelt to find sufficient water to make these anything more than a scrape down a drainage ditch (if they are ever anything more than that). The 'window of opportunity' is likely quite short after a good rainfall, meaning that trying to attach these reaches to any 'reference gauge' (USGS gauge on any nearby river) is probably futile. (The nearest gauge on anything of near comparable size is the S.Br.Baraboo River, nearly 40 miles east, with drainage of 39 square miles.)
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