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 www.HeritageParkway.org 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

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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 www.wisconsinpaddlers.org

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 foxriverpaddle@yahoo.com.  More information about the the Nature Current big canoe can be found at www.naturecurrent.com

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 http://www.wisconsinpaddlers.org.
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.

 

Nature Current BIG Canoe Trip – Princeton to Berlin on the Upper Fox

Would you like the opportunity to paddle a BIG canoe?

Join us on the Fox River in our BIG canoe.

Join us on the Fox River in our BIG canoe.

Nature Current’s BIG Canoe will be joining the Fox Wisconsin Heritage Paddle on the upper Fox River from the White River Dam near Princeton to Berlin on Saturday, June 22nd.

This route begins at the White River Dam landing, downstream from Princeton, WI. It’s a very natural and scenic section of the Fox River. Along the way we’ll see where the White River flows into the Fox River on the left, and the Puchyan River also adds its contribution to the growing Fox River a bit further downstream. The trip distance is about 12.5 miles.

Be sure to pack plenty of water and sunscreen, and bring a snack for lunch!

For more information about this trip email Mark  at info@naturecurrent.com

If you’re not available June 22nd Nature Current’s canoe will be paddling four additional Heritage Parkway Paddle events this season.  June 23rd – Winneconne to Oshkosh, July 20th – Park to Park Paddle – Neenah to Appleton, August 17th – Tall Ships Paddle and September 28th – Appleton Locks Paddle.  We currently have room in all these upcoming heritage paddle trips.  Contact Mark at Nature Current for details about these trips.

Or, get your own group together and Nature Current can create a fun filled nature immersion customized for your group.  Nature Current have many paddles available on the Wolf River and Fox River.  The BIG canoe is a great way to experience Wisconsin’s waterways with your friends, family or any group that would enjoy a nature outing.

Princeton to Berlin trip map via Fox Wisconsin Heritage Parkway

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. 

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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:  info@naturecurrent.com

 

Paddle 2013 Brings Thoughts of Thaw – Fox Wisconsin Heritage Paddle 2013

The return of the tall ships to Green Bay will highlight one of eight canoe and kayak trips in the Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Paddle series.

photo by Dave Horst – Tall Ships Paddle, Green Bay 2010

Are you having thoughts of thaw? The snow will soon turn into flowing water and the opportunity to join us on the rivers for the Fox Wisconsin Heritage Paddle season. Dave Horst lays it all out for us in this article from the Post Crescent.
David Horst’s Outdoors: Paddle 2013 brings thoughts of thaw | Appleton Post-Crescent | postcrescent.com.