Park-to-Park Paddle - July 20
The granddaddy of our series, the 19th annual Park-to-Park, will give participants a taste of river paddling and the open water of a small section of Lake Winnebago. The Lower Fox displays some of the area's most dramatic houses on the way to the landing at Lutz Park and birders are often rewarded with an eagle sighting.
The Menasha Lock will still be closed and we will need to portage the kayaks around it. The high flows from all the early summer rain has flushed the worst of the algae out of the navigation canal so there will be no need to repeat last year's alternate route. Either way, the stout soccer men -- and still-pumped-from-the-World-Cup soccer women -- of Menasha High School will be waiting to help shuttle your boats. Tips are encouraged to support the soccer program so remember not to leave all the cash in your vehicle.
BEFORE THE PADDLE
- Please let us know! Tap the button above to let us know to count you in. It helps us plan but doesn't commit you to the trip. You will register and pay your $10 per person at the launch (under 16 free with an adult).
- Make registration go faster. Fill out this online fillable form for the ACA Adult Waiver or ACA Minor Waiver in advance and bring it to the landing. This is a good time to become a member of NEWP for $10 per year plus $25 for ACA (American Canoe Association) membership.
At a Glance
Arrive: Starting at 7 a.m., drop off gear and passengers at Shattuck Park and shuttle vehicles to Lutz Park. Take bus back to Shattuck. Shuttles leave Lutz at 7:30, 8, 8:30 and 9 a.m.
Launch: 9:20 a.m., Shattuck Park, Neenah. Restrooms available.
Lunch: Lunch is available at the Appleton Yacht Club.
Land: Lutz Park, Appleton, ETA 12:30 p.m. Restrooms available.
Challenges: Intermediate distance, We'll be out on open water on a small part of Lake Winnebago and the length of Little Lake Butte des Morts. The wind can make things difficult. Rescue boat support provided. BRING SUN SCREEN AND WATER!
NEXT UP: Tall Ships Paddle
For the safety of all, ACA rules require you must wear your PFD (lifejacket) AT ALL TIMES when on the water and no alcohol during paddles, Bring water, sunscreen and select a paddle buddy.
What if there's weather?
We will paddle in rain, but will immediately get off the water if there is lightning. Check here at our webpage or on our Facebook page if the weather threatens to cancel the event. If you have pre-registered, check your email for updates.
High Cliff State Park is the closest state campground.
NEED A Boat?
NEWP members may arrange to borrow club boats.