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Waupaca Chain Paddle-May 4

Knight Road Landing to Clearwater Harbor and back

This quieter section of the Waupaca Chain of Lakes has become a popular spot for kayakers -- perhaps too popular. We're going early when the usage is less and the water is higher. One short section near the start may require that you get out and walk your boat.

We will venture out into the main part of the chain. Our trip takes us from the Knight Lake Landing to Clearwater Harbor restaurant for lunch, and then back again.


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trip. You will register and pay at the launch. This paddle costs $10 per participant; 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 abd bring it to the landing. This is a good time to become a member of NEWP for $10 per year plus $25 for ACA (American Canoe Association) membership.

At a Glance

Miles: 7

Arrive: Starting at 10 a.m., arrive at Knight Lake Landing (N 44° 19.706 W 089° 11.445), unload gear and park on road shoulder.

Launch: 11 a.m., Knight Lake Landing.

Lunch: Mid-paddle at Clearwater Harbor, or pack a lunch. You can also park a vehicle or arrange a ride here for a shorter paddle.

Land: Back at Knight Lake Landing

 We may encounter power boats. The distance is moderate. One passage near the start may require that you get out and walk your boat.

NEXT UP: Upper Fox Weekend


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 nearby Hartman Creek State Park.

Boat rentals

NEWP members may arrange to borrow club boats. Public rentals are available from Adventure Outfitters in Waupaca, 715-258-0775.