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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 Paddle Preview!

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!

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,

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!