Also, please be aware that this is a VERY FLASHY URBAN RIVER! Water levels can rise DRAMATICALLY with rains, easily going from too low, to too high, and back to reasonable flow within the span of just a few hours!
A former USGS gauge at this location lists drainage as 60.64 Sq.Mi.
Somewhere around and above 2400 cfs, you may pass over the bridge with little or no problem.
Just downstream of here you enter Hoyt Park on river-right.
Rubble fill (erosion control) creates a splish-splash rapids. At low water (below 300 cfs), expect to 'grunge out' through here. At moderate flows, a minor wave-train will develop.
The bridge for Harwood Avenue crossing the river has been closed to vehicular traffic (for years) and is a pedestrian mall with tables and chairs (outdoor seating for pleasant weather).
IT IS STRONGLY ADVISED TO LOOK AT THIS LOCATION WHILE SETTING SHUTTLE so that you know whether the river is clear or if there are obstructions, and (if so) to assess whether you can safely get past.
Almost immediately after the Harwood Avenue (pedestrian mall) bridge there is a railroad bridge. At normal and usual flows, this presents no hazard.
At high, flashy flows, I've seen the water up near and into the undercarriage of this bridge! This is an extreme hazard for anyone on the river at high flows.
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Permits are not required for this reach.
Various shorter trips are certainly possible, using various points of access.
Hartung Park "Ledge"
Currie Park GC Bridge
Downtown Wauwatosa Pedestrian Mall/Bridge Hazard
Railroad Bridge can be a hazard!
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