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.



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:

Nature Current BIG Canoe Participating on Fox – Wisconsin Heritage Parkway Paddles

The Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Parkway and the North East Wisconsin Paddlers are proud to bring you the 2013 Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Paddles. This annual paddling series is designed to celebrate and explore the Parkway region.

This year our Nature Current Voyageur canoe will be joining the paddlers starting on June 22nd in Princeton and all the rest of the paddles in the series through the Sept. 28th Appleton Locks Paddle.  If you would like a ride with us on one of the these Heritage Paddles please get in touch with Mark at Nature Current. 



Upper Fox River

June 22-23: Upper Fox Paddles
22 – Princeton to Berlin
Camp at Berlin’s Riverside Park
23 – Winneconne to Terrell Island to Rainbow Park in Oshkosh
Meet & shuttle: 9:30-10:30 AM; Launch 11 AM

Lower Fox River

July 20: Park-to-Park Paddle
Shattuck Park (Neenah) to Lutz Park (Appleton)
Meet & shuttle: 7:30-9 AM; Launch 9:30 AM

August 17: Tall Ships Paddle
De Pere to Green Bay
Paddle among replicas of historic sailing ships
Meet & shuttle: 8-9 AM; Launch 9:30 AM

September 28: Appleton Locks Paddle
Lutz Park (Appleton) to Sunset Point Park (Kimberly)
Paddle through Appleton’s four hand-operated locks
Meet & shuttle: 8-9 AM; Launch 9:30 AM

Heritage Paddle Activities

Paddlers are encouraged to seek additional heritage opportunities at each paddle event.

June 22-23: Upper Fox Paddles
Two voyageur canoes and two DNR canoes will be available. On June 23, Pierre Le Blanc will interpret fur trader times as a passenger from one of the canoes during the paddle.

July 20: Park-to-Park Paddle
Two voyageur canoes and two DNR canoes will be available. Please join us after the paddle at the Appleton Yacht Club for a special guest speaker. Paul Robbins, director of the UW Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies, will be speanking Wisconsin water bodies and the implications of climate Change.

August 17: Tall Ships Paddle
One voyageur canoe will be available, as well as historic voyageur, Pierre Le Blanc. The Tall Ships Festival will take place downtown Green Bay, August 16-18.

September 28: Appleton Locks Paddle
Two voyageur canoes and two DNR canoes will be available, as well as historic voyageur, Pierre Le Blanc.

Heritage Paddle Helpful Links

Reserve your spot in our Voyageur Canoe

Contact Mark at Nature Current to reserve your spot.  Email:


Big Canoe Paddling on the Wolf River with Nature Current

A nice warm April day was a great reason to get the new BIG canoe on the water with friends and family to explore the flooded Wolf River. We started in Shiocton at Hwy 54, paddled up to where the Shioc River enters the Wolf and then were able to go another mile on the Shioc because the water was so high.

We did have to turn Water Lily, our big voyageur canoe around at the old bridge over the Shioc River because the clearance was too low. We took the big canoe through some of the flooded areas and explored in the trees. A red tailed hawk visited us along our journey.

Check out Nature Current BIG canoe journey’s at our new website.