Saturday's route will change somewhat to avoid the smelly results of warm temperatures combined with the closed Menasha lock. We will launch at Shattuck Park at 9:20 a.m. and land at Lutz Park in Appleton as planned, but the planned route through Menasha has changed to avoid a channel chocked with algae and weeds. Rather than following the lock canal through downtown Menasha, paddlers will stick to the left bank and enter the Lawson Canal, land under the Racine Street bridge and portage over the former site of Gilbert Paper -- with the permission of the City of Menasha -- to a spot well downstream of the dam. The detour increases the trip slightly to 9 miles.
The portage is about a quarter-mile, but participants won’t have to carry their boats that full distance. North East Wisconsin Paddlers club trailers will haul the canoes and kayaks most of the way and volunteers from the Menasha High School soccer team will be available to carry them the rest of the way. Tips are encouraged to support the soccer program.
The granddaddy of our paddle series, Park-to-Park gives paddlers a taste of river paddling and the open water of a small piece 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.
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.
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 may be available at the Appleton Yacht Club.
Land: Lutz Park, Appleton, ETA 12:30 p.m. Restrooms available.
Difficulty: Intermediate for distance and open water. Early takeouts available. Rescue boat support.
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.