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.

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 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

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. 



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.