2020 Paddler’s Gear Swap
Our annual Paddlers (and other) Gear Swap is planned to be held at a new venue – The Bar on Lynndale in Appleton. The date hasn’t been confirmed at this point and will be posted here as available. Bring your spare boats and gear along with your wish list to find a great deal. There will also be paddling-related presentations and a great opportunity to socialize with your paddling friends. More information…
Film Festival Canceled
When we postponed the Paddling Film Festival scheduled for last March 20-21, our hope was that the virus would run its course and we would be able to reschedule the event. Unfortunately, that hasn’t happened. After exploring various other options, including online viewing (Rapid Media nixed that idea), or holding an outdoor film festival, we have decided to cancel the Paddling Film Festival for 2020. We are going to issue each ticket purchaser a refund through Eventbrite, which is the website where we sold tickets. If you purchased a ticket, watch for a refund credited to your credit card. Thank you for your patience!
2020 Apostle Islands trip
August 12-16, 2020
Once again we are hosting a kayak/camping trip to the Apostle Islands! (Our 2020 trip is FULL!) We start with a drive to Bayfield on August 12th, launching to Oak Island on the 13th and returning on the 16th. This trip provides an opportunity for experienced paddlers together with newer paddlers to safely enjoy a few days of great paddling and camping in the beautiful Apostle Islands. This trip is for NEWP members only, but it is easy to become a member of NEWP – membership page. For trip details, see the 2020 Apostle Islands Trip page.
2020 Door County Kayak Encampment
September 24-27, 2020
Peninsula State Park Sept. 24 through 27, 2020 for NEWP members. AS OF NOW (Mid-September) THIS EVENT IS STILL ON! WE WILL OBSERVE SOCIAL DISTANCING AT ALL TIMES. We have the Lakeshore group site reserved (tents only, holds up to 60 people). If you want to camp in a popup, RV or nearby lodging you’ll need to make your own arrangements. NEWP members can come and go all that weekend. Group tours will be arranged that weekend for different paddling distances and destinations. State park admittance requires daily or annual vehicle pass. Register here
We offer open pool sessions while classes are held at the Appleton YMCA. Open pool is available to current NEWP members and current-year students. The cost is $5 per person (current-year students are free).
Open pool is held from 2:00 – 3:30 on those Sundays when our Fox Cities YMCA (Appleton) kayak classes are held from February through April. Classes (and open pools) are not held the weekends of Canoecopia and Easter. Check the classes page on this website for specifics.
Family friendly, free to NEWP members, come and go as you can
Several groups of paddlers around northeast Wisconsin enjoy these social paddles on a weekly basis. Please contact us with corrections or additions to this list. Arrive early enough to unload and be ready to paddle by the listed launch times.
Red River (whitewater) – Tuesdays 5:15pm
Red River – The 2020 weekly Red River Paddles will begin May 26. Meet at the Lower Lake Dam at 5:00 pm on Tuesday. There will be no caravaning from Maplewoods Shell for now. Please bring a mask for the actual river shuttle. Also please check in with Mike Brown (920 629-0184 or MikeB@WisconsinPaddlers.org) if you plan on coming. Active from paddling season opener until Oct. 1 each year, weather dependent.
Elkhart Lake – Sundays 8:00am
Launch from boat landing on County Road P, west side of Elkhart Lake. 8 a.m. “power loop” followed by a 9 a.m. “social loop.” Great opportunity for roll and rescue practice! (Note that a Sheboygan County parking pass is required.)
Sheboygan – 6:00 Wednesdays – Launch from the south end of King Park at the end of Broadway Avenue; Lake Michigan paddle.
Two Rivers – 5:00 Mondays (or later with prior arrangement) – Launch from Neshotah Park. Park at the most southern parking lot. Lake Michigan paddle (river paddle option available). View the harbor cam for current conditions. Contact: Daren at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Occasional paddles are scheduled and published via an email list. Contact Dale for more information.
The Loon-A-Tics have a weekly Tuesday “river” paddle (rivers change each week), scheduled Memorial Day through Labor Day, and some of the members do a Tuesday and Thursday workout paddle (high intensity) to get in shape for Midwest races. Contact Dale for more information.