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2018 Heritage Paddle Series

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 2018 paddles. Further details to come.


2018 Public Paddles!

Our 2018 paddle events combine some tried and true favorites with a few new adventures in new locations. Here's our lineup!
  • May 5, Waupaca River: County Q to Brainard's Bridge Park. This segment includes a number of rock gardens and Class 1 rapids, and with spring flows may not be a great choice for beginning paddlers. It may also be the day to dust off your plastic boat and leave the wood and Kevlar at home.
  • May 19-20, Upper Fox River: White River Dam to Riverside Park in Berlin (Saturday); Berlin to Miller Park in Omro (Sunday) -- tried and true popular weekend trip on the venerable Fox River.
  • June 16-17 Peshtigo Flowage: 4th annual weekend tour of Caldron Falls and High Falls reservoirs. A shared meal at the picnic shelter Saturday evening and camping available at Tommy Thompson State Park. 8 miles Saturday. 6 miles Sunday.
  • July 21, 17th Annual Park-to-Park Paddle: Shattuck Park, Neenah, to Lutz Park, Appleton. 8.5 miles.
  • August 4, Manitowoc River: Manitowoc Harbor upstream to Manitou Park and back, with lunch to follow at Tony's Pizza.
  • September 29, Appleton Locks Paddle: Lutz Park in Appleton to Sunset Point in Kimberly, with Octoberfest in downtown Appleton to follow!
CANCELED The kayak portion of this event will not tale place. You can still join our friends from the Ice Age Trail for an invigorating hike. BONUS PADDLE! TRY-Athlon, Sept. 15, Manitowoc -- In cooperation with the Lakeshore Chapter of the Friends of the Ice Age Trail, NEWP presents an opportunity to TRY three outdoor activities at a combination hike-yoga demo-paddle. The event is to take place Sept. 15, starting at 9 a.m. in Manitowoc's Schuette Park with a hike. Yoga instructors will lead participants in a demo after the hike. That will be followed by a kayak demo in the Manitowoc River at the park. More details to come.

2019 Public Paddle Preview!

We are beginning to plan our 2019 paddle events, again to combine some tried and true favorites with a few new adventures in new locations. Here's our tentative lineup - let us know what you think! Keep in mind, our public paddle events must begin and end at locations where we can legally and safely stage a large group launch and land, as well as parking and preferably with restroom facilities!

  • May 4 (?) TBD: Our early May trips generally take advantage of higher spring runoff to visit upstream areas that may not float our boats later in the summer season.
  • May 18-19 (?), Upper Fox River (?): For the past several years, this has been a two-day weekend paddle adventure somewhere along the length of the Upper Fox River (between Pardeeville and Oshkosh). Again, spring runoff helps make the upper reaches of the river a bit more accessible.
  • June 15-16 Peshtigo Flowage: This will be our 5th 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 on top of a beautiful paddle venue make this a continuing favorite. If we stick to our past paddle plan, count on 8 miles for Saturday and 6 miles on Sunday.
  • July 20, 19th Annual Park-to-Park Paddle: Shattuck Park, Neenah, to Lutz Park, Appleton. 8.5 miles. 2018 saw a substantial change in route due to continued closure of the Menasha Lock. 2019 route will likely repeat that change, unless the lock can be opened.
  • July 27, Tall Ships Paddle: We have enjoyed paddling down the Fox River from De Pere through the tall ships in Green Bay for their last three visits. This would mean paddling back-to-back weekends...so, consider tentative for now!
  • September 28, Appleton Locks Paddle: Lutz Park in Appleton to Sunset Point in Kimberly, with Octoberfest in downtown Appleton to follow! Nothing to change here!

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!