2020 Heritage Paddle Series
Special Update - As we all work together to safely navigate the COVID-19 crisis, it's important to make safe decisions in all that we do. We will strictly follow the regulatory guidance that applies to group activities. If we are not able to hold the public paddle event on the scheduled date, we will reschedule it for 2021. Once regulatory guidance is relaxed, we will proceed with the scheduled events, but with appropriate accommodations to limit risk for participants. We will update this page with the status of each scheduled event as we confirm it. Stay safe!
Join us for any or all of our public paddles. You don't have to be a club member, but you might discover that you want to be. Most events cost $10 for adults, free for kids under 16 with an adult. You can just show up at the put-in with a $10 bill in your hand, but we would like to know to expect you. And while you're at it, be sure to show up with your PFD (life jacket) - it's an absolute requirement for enjoying our sport!
Here is a list of our planned 2020 paddles. Further details to come.
2020 Public Paddle Schedule!
COVID-19 Update - We are monitoring current pandemic conditions and paddle sport guidance as well as requirements for hosting public paddle events. We intend to continue hosting public paddle events when conditions allow - please check below for the status of individual paddles. We will maintain our paddle event notes and maps for your use individually; please paddle safely!
Our 2020 paddle events include a new evening paddle and an earlier Appleton Locks Paddle, in an attempt to avoid the high flows that have dogged us in recent years. Favorites like Park-to-Park and the Peshtigo Flowage weekend are back. Let us know what you think of our lineup.
CANCELED May 2, Waupaca Chain: This out-and-back paddle from Knight Road Landing takes you through a number of the lakes in the beautiful Waupaca Chain. This one is worth repeating. Last year's trip drew 50 paddlers.
CANCELED May 16-17, Upper Fox River: We'll do Berlin to Omro on Saturday and Omro to the Buttes des Morts boat landing Sunday. The weatherman robbed us of a day last year but we're due for better luck.
CANCELED June 20-21, Peshtigo Flowage: This will be our 6th annual weekend tour of Caldron Falls and High Falls reservoirs. Friday night fish fry, camping at Governor Thompson State Park and a shared meal at the Woods Lake shelter Saturday evening all come with the beautiful paddle venue that makes this a continuing favorite. We're doing out-and-back paddles on both reservoirs this year.
July 18, 20th Annual Park-to-Park Paddle: Shattuck Park, Neenah, to Lutz Park, Appleton. 8.5 miles. A couple hundred of your closest paddling buddies. It's all there.
August 1, Appleton Locks Paddle: We've done our research. This date historically has lower flows than Octoberfest weekend so we're giving up the street party afterwards to have a better shot at actually going through all four Appleton locks.
September 11, Night Lights of Oshkosh Paddle: We will launch as the sun draws low to enjoy the lights on the buildings and bridges of downtown Oshkosh. Remember a deck light. We launch from the landing on Puhnoqua Street, east of the new Oshkosh Corp. headquarters and paddle through downtown to the landing across from Ardy and Ed's Drive-In with genuine car hops on skates. Do you sense a burger and a malt in your future?
Public Paddle Planning
NEWP's public paddle events have roots in the Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance Special Places Program that featured public paddle events from 2000 through 2008. Starting in 2009, NEWP partnered with the Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Parkway to host a series of paddles along the Fox and Wisconsin Rivers, and their tributaries. Currently, paddle events are hosted by NEWP throughout north east Wisconsin to offer paddlers a variety of paddling experiences and venues.
Many individuals have voluntarily provided their time and talent to plan and host these events. The current core planning committee is David Horst, Tom Young, Scott Thomson and Jeff Mazanec. Several other individuals provide essential Input to event planning and support of the actual public paddle events. Contact any of the above with questions or if you are interested in lending your expertise and support!