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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 beautiful Rock Island State Park will be held Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1-4, 2017. Join us for camping at one of Wisconsin's most beloved state parks, where no vehicles or bicycles are allowed. You will need to provide your own sea kayak with water-tight compartments fore and aft (sorry, no recreational kayaks or canoes), kayak gear, camping equipment and food. Cost for the weekend will be $10 per person regardless of how many nights you stay. All participants will need to notify Ken  and pay your $10 per person to Ken. An ACA membership (daily or annual) is also required.

  • Long Paddle - Bill Merrick is leading a long paddle  Friday morning. For those interested, meet at the Northport ferry at 9 a.m. Friday. Depending on conditions we can:
    1.  Put in there, paddle to Rock Island and no ferry.  Approximately 16 miles, paddle time 4 to 5 hours. Need minimum of 4 paddlers, all must have suitable kayaks, all safety gear and practiced rescues.
    2.  Once we have gathered and figured out any possible carpooling to save money on the ferry, we will take the next available ferry to Washington Island. Same requirements as 1.  Approximately 12 miles, paddle time 3 to 4 hours.  Overnight parking is available close to the ferry landing.
    3.  Bail-out option. Take ferry over and drive to Jackson Harbor. Paddle across from Jackson Harbor, 1 1/2 miles. This gives you more time to set up camp and explore Rock Island.
    If you are interested in one of these "long paddle" options please email Bill Merrick so he knows to expect you Friday morning,
  • Short Paddle - Ken is leading the short paddle. Drive to the northern tip of Door County and meet at the Northport parking lot no later than 1:30 p.m. Friday. We will gather and take the next available Washington Island Ferry. Drive across Washington Island to Jackson Harbor. From there, paddle approximately 1-1/2 miles to Rock Island State Park. We have a waterfront campsite #29 reserved for beaching our kayaks. This is the campsite nearest the boathouse. Camping will be on group site GS II.
  • If you wish to arrive on your own later or on Saturday, that's fine too but you must check in with Ken prior to the weekend to be approved for this event.

2016 Apostle Islands Trip - NOT CONFIRMED FOR 2017

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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

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. ALERT: Beginning Tuesday, Oct 3, the meet time at the Red Put-in will be moved up to 4:30 due to fall's shorter days. Correspondingly, the meet time at Maplewood's Shell has been moved to 3:30. For more information, contact Mike Brown at (920) 629-0184 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: