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2019 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 2019 paddles. Further 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 lineup so far - 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, have sufficient parking and preferably access to 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. Back-to-back paddle event weekends...but, too good to miss!
  • 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!

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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!