Where was the moon for our Moonlight Paddle? The clouds completely blocked any view of the moon on Friday night for the Fox River Heritage Moonlight Paddle and we were rained on during our last hour but that didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits that I noticed. It was a great night for a paddle!
The Moonlight Paddle on August 12th was a big success. About sixty boats paddled the 8 miles from Bomier Park in Depere to the Municipal landing at the mouth of the Fox River in Green Bay. The event put on by Northeast Wisconsin Paddlers and the Fox Heritage Parkway was a fund raiser for the future parkway on the Fox River.
We had a variety of paddlers from first timers to experienced paddlers and a big variety of ages. Two DNR voyager canoes participated in the paddle. A couple of stand up paddlers did the 8 mile trip and many canoes were mixed in with kayaks of all shapes and sizes.
Turn out on Friday was so big that we exceeded the capacity of our shuttle bus. Quick thinking by our group leaders to do some extra self shuttling got our group off on time.
The Fox River through Green Bay was a good after dark paddle. The lights from the city helped guide our way and seeing Green Bay from a kayak in the Fox River is an interesting experience.
If you paddle at night make sure to take a white light so other boaters can see you and watch out for boat traffic at night. It’s always a good idea to let somebody know where you are and when you will return.
Moonlight Paddle Video
I captured a few moments on the river and going through the lock with the GoPro camera.
The next Fox Heritage Paddle is the Appleton Locks Paddle event is September 24th from Appleton to Kimberly.