By Jim Umhoefer
The Root River gets a lot of return business. Canoeists come back to paddle in the shadow of forest-carpeted bluffs, and anglers try their luck again for smallmouth bass, channel catfish, rock bass or panfish. Some cast for brown trout in the clearer and colder spring-fed streams as well as at the western end of the South Branch.
If you don't fish, bring your camera and catch a shot of the wildlife along the river. The sandstone and limestone bluffs and the hardwood forests that flank the river are home to over 40 species of birds and a variety of river-bottom and woodland animals. Read more: