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

Portage to Portage Paddling Project Presentation

The Portage to Portage Paddling Project – 5000 Miles Through Your Back Yard.

See where kayaking can take you at the new Divepoint Paddle and Adventure Center Demo Day on Saturday May 12th.

Saturday May 12th

Demos start at 10:00 am
Presentation: 5:00 pm

Wausau native Jake Stachovak will be on hand to recount the tales of the ten month 5740 mile solo kayak trip that took him all the way around the eastern United States in 2010. Jake’s expedition kayak and gear will be on display and he will be at the new Wausau store all day at 106 East Wausau Ave helping out with kayak demos.

On water demos start at 10:00 AM followed by the one hour presentation at 5:00 PM.

For more information contact Divepoint Wausau at 715-845-3483. To learn more about the trip visit www.portagetoportage.com

Fox River Appleton Locks Paddle Video Part 5

Voyager Canoe leaving lock #4

The final video from the Appleton Locks group paddle on September 24th. 119 canoes and kayaks enjoyed a fun outing on the Fox River in Appleton. Paddlers started at Lutz Park in Appleton and traveled to Sunset Park in Kimberly, traveling through the 4 Appleton locks over the 6 mile paddle. Check out the previous 4 videos to see the entire trip in video.

Thanks for watching this final segment of the Appleton Locks paddle.

Enjoy videos from part 1, part 2, part 3 and part 4 of our paddle journey through the Appleton locks.

Fox River Appleton Locks Paddle Video part 4

Fox River Appleton Locks Oneida St. bridge

Appleton Locks Paddle 4th segment video from our group paddle on September 24th. This video is of the group paddling through the locks from Appleton Lock #3 to Lock #4 with 119 other paddlers. Thanks to Northeast Wisconsin Paddlers for organizing this group paddle outing.

Check out videos from part 1, part 2 and part 3 of the Appleton Locks group paddle.

Fox River Appleton Locks Paddle Video Part 3

Kayaking between lock #2 and #3

Northeast Wisconsin Paddlers organized a group paddle on the Fox River through the Appleton Locks on September 24th. We had a great turn out with 119 paddle craft participating.

This video covers the segment from the 2nd lock to the 3rd lock in Appleton. Check out the previous 2 Appleton locks videos and watch for additional segments on our way to Kimberly.

Check out the video from the first segment and the second segment video of the Appleton Locks Paddle and stay tuned for the next segment in lock #4.