Horicon Marsh Paddle

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Green Head Road to downtown Horicon - May 6  

Experience the largest freshwater cattail marsh in the United States as only long-time Horicon naturalist and educator Bill Volkert can relate it. Bill worked for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources at Horicon for 27 years. He and wife Connie are just two years out from a 7 1/2-month, 12-nation wildlife-viewing and birding tour. He will present a 15-minute description and history of the marsh after we shuttle vehicles and before we launch. Stick close to his canoe whenever you can because he will continue to relate stories about Horicon as he leads us through the network of channels.

Our trip takes us from the Green Head landing on the Rock River and into the state-owned southern portion of the marsh. The northern portion, managed by U.S. Fish and Wildlife, is not open to paddle traffic. Horicon has been formally recognized as a Wetland of International Importance by the Ramsar Convention of the United Nations. Some 300 species of birds have been identified there over the years.  

This trip will carry a special fee of $15, rather than the usual $10, to cover the speaker's stipend for Bill.


count me in buttonPlease let us know! Tap the button to notify us. It helps us plan but doesn't commit you to the trip. You will register and pay at the launch. This paddle costs $15 per participant; under 16 free with an adult. Make registration go faster. Fill out your ACA Adult Waiver of ACA Youth Waiver in advance and bring it to the landing. This is a good time to become a member of NEWP for $10 per year. 

At a Glance

Miles: 7 

Arrive: Starting at 9:30 a.m., drop gear and passengers at Green Head Landing on Green Head Road off of CTH TW. Shuttle vehicles to NEW TAKEOUT SPOT the north end of Nebraska Street. Return to launch by bus.

Launch: 11 a.m., Green Head Landing.

Land: Bowling Green Park, ETA 2:30 p.m. 

Lunch: After paddle, meet us at Rock River Tap.

 Beginner, moderate distance, all river and channel paddling. Stay together because it is easy to get lost in this network of channels.


For the safety of all, ACA rules require you must wear your PDF (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. We 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. 


Camping is available at several municipal and private campgrounds near the marsh..

Boat rentals

NEWP members may arrange to borrow club boats. Public rentals are available from these vendors: