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2017 Boat & Gear Swap

More than 150 people and one very large dog wandered through the NEWP Gear Swap Saturday, April 22, at St. Mary's, downtown Appleton (gymnasium of the Early Learning Center). People paid $1 to enter and were able to shop for used gear, listen to workshops and hear about other peoples' favorite places to paddle.



Student Outings

We offer a chance for those who complete the kayaking classes to take part in student outings. NEWP provides the boats and other necessary gear, as well as instructors to go along to lead the trips. See trip details

2017 Women on the Water

Robin N.NEWP Women on the Water

Robin Nelson, ACA Certified Coastal Kayak Instructor, will lead a special coastal kayaking workshop for women, titled WOW (Women On the Water) on Sunday, June 11, 2017, in Kewaunee, WI. This popular open-water adventure is offered most years by our lead women instructors for a group of women and is planned to be a wonderful day on the water with a great group of paddle-divas! A trip on Lake Michigan is usually "Plan A," but, if conditions are not favorable, great "Plan B" opportunities are available on safer waters. In past years, this event has been held in Kewaunee, Two Rivers and Manitowoc. Email Robin for more details.

2017 Rock Island Trip

A kayak camping trip to Rock Island State Park will be held Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1-4, 2017. Save the date! More details to come from Ken.

  • The Route - Drive to the northern tip of Door County (Northport) and take the Washington Island Ferry. Once on Washington Island, drive to Jackson Harbor. From there, paddle approximately 2 miles to Rock Island State Park. We have a waterfront campsite reserved for beaching our kayaks and a nearby group site reserved for camping. This means we will be able to accommodate up to 46 persons.

2016 Apostle Islands Trip - NOT CONFIRMED FOR 2017

Apostles 27

NEWP coordinates and leads group trips from time to time for club members who have demonstrated the skills required to successfully and safely enjoy this particular trip. The 2016 trip to the Apostle Islands National Park was held in August. The group of 8 paddlers camped at a new group site (C) on Sand Island. Full Details

  • Wed. -- - Drive to Ashland, WI (overnight in a local hotel)
  • Thu. -- - Paddle to Sand Island (about 3.5 miles)
  • Sun. -- - Paddle back to the mainland

2016 Isle Royale Trip - NOT CONFIRMED FOR 2017

NEWP coordinates and leads group trips from time to time for club members who have demonstrated the skills required to successfully and safely enjoy this particular trip. In 2016, NEWP coordinated a mid-August trip to Lake Superior's Isle Royale National Park with eight participants. Camping was at multiple group camp sites.

  • Sun., -- - Drive to Copper Harbor or Houghton, MI, (overnight at a local establishment)
  • Mon., -- - Ferry to Isle Royale, then paddle to the first camp - Daisy Farm group camp site
  • Wed., -- - Paddle to the second camp -- Moskey Basin group camp site
  • Fri., -- - Paddle to the final group camp -- Rock Harbor group camp site
  • Sat., -- - Ferry back to Copper Harbor or Houghton (where ever we left the car)

Email Ken for more details.

2016 Chambers Island Visit - NOT CONFIRMED FOR 2017

For each of the past several years there has been an informal "Paddle Across the Bay." In 2016, it was an official NEWP event on June 11. Our destination: Door County's Chambers Island, about 8 miles each way. Each participant signed the ACA waiver and paid the ACA fee. 
Launch: Tennison Bay kayak launch 9:30 a.m. in Peninsula State Park (WDNR daily fee or annual pass required fotennisonbayr each vehicle) and paddle past the Strawberry Islands.
Lunch: Chambers Island Lighthouse in Gibraltar Township Park. (Bring your own lunch!!) June 10-13, 2016 (June 9-11, 2017)  is the annual Door County Lighthouse Festival, so the Chambers Island Lighthouse should be open for tours.
Difficulty: This trip is for experienced coastal sea kayakers with at least ACA level 2 skills, an appropriate sea kayak, gear and safety equipment. Depending on water temperatures, a wetsuit, dry top or dry suit may be required. In the event of wind and waves, we will paddle an alternate wind-protected location in Door County.
Land: Tennison Bay, 4 p.m. or later.

To view photos and video of this trip, check out this page: Chambers Island: A sea kayakers day trip
Lead Paddler: Ken Braband

Looking for other paddle ideas?

We've launched an interactive Google map featuring launch locations throughout northeast Wisconsin. The map is editable if you have a Google (gmail) account. Again, please edit the information directly or contact us with corrections or tips!


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.

Elkhart Lake - Sundays 8:00am

WEEKLY Elkhart LakeLaunch 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.)

Lake Michigan

WEEKLY King Park SheboyganSheboygan - 6:00 Wednesdays - Launch from the south end of King Park at the end of Broadway Avenue; Lake Michigan paddle.

Two Rivers - 4:30 Mondays (or later with prior arrangement) - Launch from Nashotah 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

Red River (whitewater!) - Tuesdays 5:15pm


Red River - Whitewater paddle outing from the Lower Red Lake Powerhouse (near Gresham). Paddlers meet at the Shell Station near Maplewood Meats west of Green Bay on Hwy 29 at 4 p.m. to caravan. For more information, contact Mike Brown at (920) 983-0939 or at Active from paddling season opener until Oct. 1 each  year, weather dependent.

Lake Winnebago - Tuesdays 6:00pm

WEEKLY Oshkosh

WEEKLY HarringtonOshkosh - Launch from Menominee Park; Lake Winnebago paddle (Be sure to confirm with Loon-a-Ticks Club members!)

Harrington Beach State Park - Launch on beach area at end of County Trunk D on the north side of the park. A State Park sticker is NOT required.(Questions? Contact Dave at: