Tribute to the Tributaries: Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Paddles 2014

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The North East Wisconsin Paddlers have partnered with the Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Parkway for the past several years to host several public paddle events each year. The paddle venues are selected to feature specific sections of the waterway with historical, cultural or natural significance.

The Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Parkway is a not-for-profit organization seeking to preserve, promote and celebrate the heritage of our rivers. Visit to learn more about the Parkway and how you can support its efforts. Find general information about these public paddle events on this page and detailed information about each individual event through the links to the right. Access to photos of Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Paddles since 2010 are accessible here:

Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Paddle Photostream


Big Canoeing on Little Lake Butte des Morts

Are you excited to start the spring paddling season? We sure are after this long, cold winter. We’ve been dreaming of all the fun places to paddle when the water starts melting.

One of our favorite paddling destinations in the Fox Cities is Little Lake Butte des Morts. Little Lake Butte des Morts is a nature immersion right in the heart of the Fox Cities.  The Fox River flows through this 1000 acre lake in the middle of homes and industry.  There are beautiful natural places to explore right on the edge of the city.

Nature Current loves taking people out in our voyageur canoe on Little Lake Butte des Morts to enjoy our urban wilderness. What does a paddle on the lake look like? Here are a few photos from a boy scout outing we took last fall.

We started at Lutz Park and paddled up to and through the Strobe Marsh into Mud Creek.


Boys Scout Outing floating and enjoy a beautiful day on Little Lake Butte des Morts.


Enjoying a beautiful day in the Strobe Marsh,  Strobe Island is in the background.


Paddle waves! Boy Scout paddle salute!


Floating along the Fox River between Lutz Park and the Strobe Marsh.

We ready for spring and the opportunity to enjoy our Fox Cities from the seat of a canoe on the Fox River.  Are you ready for paddling season?

For more photos and information about big canoe paddle trips visit the Nature Current website here.

If you would like to take a voyageur canoe trip with Nature Current we start taking groups out in May.  Get in touch with Mark at  for details.


Trip Offers Paddlers Special Views of Tall Ships


Nine historic replicas of tall ships will be joined by an armada of kayaks and canoes and the Nature Current Voyageur canoe when the Fox Wisconsin Heritage Paddle series passes through Green Bay and the Baylake Bank Tall Ships Festival Saturday.


Paddlers will meet at the Bomier Street boat landing in De Pere starting at 7 a.m. They will shuttle their vehicles to the takeout at the Green Bay Metro landing on Bay Beach Drive and be bused back to Bomier for a 9:30 a.m. launch.

The 8-mile trip on the Fox River includes passage through the historic, hand-operated De Pere lock on the way to downtown Green Bay and the tall ships. Paddlers will be instructed to stay in the middle of the river and not approach the ships, as ordered by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Registration is $10 at the launch, with children under 16 free with an adult. Participants are encouraged to go to to print out and complete registration forms and bring them to the launch. Donations to offset a $5 launch fee at Bomier are also encouraged.

The group will include children and mentors from Best Friends of Neenah-Menasha paddling in the Fox of the River, a historic replica of a French fur trader voyageur canoe. This is the second installment of No Child Left on Shore, an effort by the paddle series to introduce young people to the joys of paddling and beauty of the waterway. Their participation is possible thanks to a grant from the Schmerein Family Fund within the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region.

The Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Paddle series highlights the natural beauty and historic importance of the Fox and Lower Wisconsin River waterway, which recently was designated a National Recreation Trail by the U.S. Department of the Interior. The Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Paddle series is cooperative project of North East Wisconsin Paddlers and the Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Parkway. Any proceeds above costs go to support the water trail.

2013 Park to Park Paddle – Neenah to Appleton

Photo by Dave Horst

Photo by Dave Horst

The Park-to-Park Paddle will once again put hundreds of kayak and canoe paddlers on the Fox River. This annual event, part of the Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Paddle series, offers paddlers an opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty and historic importance of the Fox River from the vantage point of the river itself.

The 8.5-mile Park-to-Park Paddle begins in Neenah and concludes in Appleton. The route takes paddlers briefly onto Lake Winnebago, through downtown Menasha and the Menasha Lock and down the length of the Little Lake Butte des Morts before landing in Appleton.

2013 Park-to-Park Paddle  – Saturday, July  20th

7 a.m. Unload at Shattuck Park in Neenah

9:30 a.m. Launch at Shattuck Park in Neenah

11:30 a.m. Approximate Menasha Lock passage

1:00 p.m. Arrival at Lutz Park in Appleton

Post-Paddle Presentation at Appleton Yacht Club

This year, paddlers launching at Shattuck will be able to try accessible launch platforms provided by the Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Parkway as a trial for planned permanent placements throughout the Fox-Wisconsin waterway.


A full schedule, shuttle information and other details are available at

Beginning at noon, paddlers and non-paddlers alike are invited to the Appleton Yacht Club for a post-paddle celebration presented by paddle sponsor, North East Wisconsin Land Trust. Paul Robbins, director of the University of Wisconsin Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies, will speak on “No Going Back: Daunting Environmental Challenges and Surprising Opportunities in a Changing World” at about 1 p.m.

View photos from the 2012 Park-to-Park Paddle

Weekend of Paddling Explores Upper Fox

Want to enjoy a great weekend outing with a fun group of paddlers?  June 22 – 23rd is the next Fox – Wisconsin Heritage Paddles.   Join us with your canoe your kayak or join the crew in Nature Current’s Big Voyageur canoe.

Here’s more about the paddle weekend.
Written by Dave Horst.

Screen Shot 2013-06-10 at 8.13.21 AMPRINCETON, Wis. — One of the most scenic stretches of the Fox River and the convergence of the Wolf River with the Fox will be explored for the next Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Paddle, the weekend of June 22-23.

The weekend of paddling also marks the return of the 26-foot Fox of the River voyageur canoe and the addition of the 25 foot, 10-person Nature Current Voyageur canoe, offering rides to those who feel uncomfortable paddling on there own or don’t have a boat. Information is available by emailing  More information about the the Nature Current big canoe can be found at

The Saturday trip launches from the White River Dam near Princeton at 9:30 a.m. and covers the 12.5-mile route to Berlin. Overnight camping is available at Riverside Park in Berlin.
Sunday’s 11.5-mile trip starts from Lake Winneconne Park, crosses Lake  Butte des Morts and follows around the wildlife impoundment at Terrell Island, with a lunch break at the Lake Butte des Morts Landing. Paddlers may end the trip there at 6 miles or continue on to Rainbow Park in Oshkosh.

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For both trips,  paddlers should arrive between 8 and 9 a.m. to have time to unload and shuttle vehicles. A bus will return drivers to the launch site so their vehicles will be waiting at the take-out.
Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Paddle 2013 also includes the 12th annual Park-to-Park Paddle out of Neenah July 20, an Aug. 17 paddle among the historic tall ships that will be visiting Green Bay and a tour of the four historic hand-operated locks in Appleton on Sept. 28. Schedule details and contact information are available at
The Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Paddle series is organized by North East Wisconsin Paddlers and the Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Parkway, which recently was awarded “National Water Trail” status from the National Park Service.
The paddle series attempts to showcase the beauty, variety and historic and environmental importance of the river corridor that served as the route of exploration for Fr. Jacques Marquette and Louis Joliet and inspiration for such notables as naturalists Aldo Leopold and John Muir and architect Frank Lloyd Wright.


Big Canoe Paddling the Waupaca Chain O’ Lakes


family fun in a BIG canoe

Nature Current’s big Voyageur canoe had a great outing on the Waupaca Chain O’ Lakes with a family enjoying their cottage over the weekend.

In 2 hours of light paddling we were able to see and paddle most of the lakes. We even spotted an eagle soaring overhead on Rainbow Lake. Here are a few photos from the paddle.


Exploring Otter Lake – Waupaca


Heading under the bridge over hwy Q

If you want to experience nature from the water with your family or group a Nature Current paddle is a great way to do so.
For more photos and information on how you can take a big canoe ride follow this link below to Nature Current.

Nature Current Big Canoe Outing on Black Otter Lake

Paddling with friends after singing kirtan music in Nature Current’s big canoe was a nice way to complete the day with an immersion in nature on Black Otter Lake.

Here are some photos from the afternoon.

Nature Current’s BIG canoe is available for your group outing on the water.

More photos and full post at: