Fox River Paddling – Omro to Terrell's Island

photo by Dave Horst

Distance: 5+ miles one way or 10+ if you paddle back to Omro.

Flat water, slow current
Craft: Canoes, kayaks and SUP’s

The Fox River from Omro to Terrell’s Island is a wide section of the river that opens to Lake Butte Des Morts. You can tell by paddling through Omro that the community takes great pride in it’s riverfront. The shoreline is developed with parks, seawalls and numerous tie up spots for powerboaters.

Once you get past Omro the river gets more natural. The river banks are mostly mixed farmland and wooded with a few homes along the shores.

Terrrell’s Island is part of a 630 acre nature area with a 2 mile long breakwall to protect this section of the lake from wave action and turbidity in Lake Butte Des Morts. This is a great area for bird watching, especially if you like pelicans.

The paddling is easy and the current is light through this section of the Fox River. Omro is popular with powerboaters so it’s recommended that you watch out for the faster traffic. The open water of 8.857 acre Lake Butte Des Morts can be challenging for paddlers if it gets windy.

Photos Gallery

Here’s some photos from the segment 6 of the Fox River Heritage Paddle 2010 by Dave and Jean Horst.

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Fox River overview and Paddle Map

Video from the 2010 Fox River Heritage Paddle – Omro to Terrell’s Island

I shot this video on segment 6 of the Fox River Heritage Paddle in 2010. After waiting for a thunderstorm to pass our group of almost 40 paddlers set off from Miller Park in Omro. The day cleared and we all enjoyed a fun day on the water.

Here’s another video shot from inside the Voyager Canoe on the same trip. If you would like to take a ride on this canoe with a fun group of people visit the Fox of the River Voyager Canoe website for more information.

Fox River Paddling overview, map additional segment guides

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