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Waupaca County Q to Brainard's Bridge Park- Saturday, May 5  

This trip is not recommended for novice paddlers. The Waupaca runs swift and clean and offers many segments for good day trips. We're going to launch west of Waupaca where the river crosses under CTH Q and travel just over 7 miles to Brainard's Bridge Park. Along the way, we will encounter some class 1 rapids and a number of rock gardens. This may be the paddle to take your plastic boat and leave the wood or Kevlar at home. We'll follow U.S. 10 at times and pass under a covered bridge. 

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  1. 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).
  2. Make registration go faster. Fill out this online fillable form for the ACA Adult Waiver or 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 on Cobbtown Road at County Q west of Waupaca (no restrooms available). Shuttle your vehicle (drivers only) to Brainard's Bridge Park. Vehicles that can carry the most people serve as shuttles back to the launch. (The $10 fee will be waived for shuttle drivers.)

Launch: 11 a.m., County Q landing.

Land: Brainard's Bridge Park, ETA 2:00 p.m.

Lunch: After paddle, meet us at the Wheelhouse.

 Intermediate. Some ripples, swift water and rock gardens.


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: