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 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


Kayaking Safety – Rescue Practice Video from NEWP

Safe kayaking requires knowing how to get back in your boat in case of a capsize. In this video Chris Martin from Northeast Wisconsin Paddlers takes Emily Deem from WLUK TV through some the the steps to an assisted kayak rescue.

Check out more safety and paddle event information at the NEWP website.

Paddle the Lighthouses and Coastlines of Door County

The North East Wisconsin Paddlers, Inc. is hosting its 2012 Annual Meeting on Saturday, January 28 at McGuinness Irish Pub in downtown Appleton. Tim Pflieger, of Team Leadership Center in Door County will be our featured speaker. His presentation,  “Paddling the Lighthouses and Coastlines of Door County,” will give you an entertaining and informative overview of beautiful places in Door County that are also kayak friendly!

The agenda and other details are all provided on our club website at, or go directly to the Annual Meeting page at

Also – we still have openings in our Appleton YMCA Kayak Essentials Class, beginning Sunday, January 23rd, so sign up now and bring a friend. We also have openings in our upcoming Green Bay Broadview YMCA (Starts 2/12)  and Two Rivers High School (starts 2/20) classes – all the information is on the website.

Lastly, we have been busy putting together our 2012 set of events. Hear more about all that at our annual meeting, or check it out on the website –

On behalf of North East Wisconsin Paddlers, Inc.

Jeff Mazanec President 2012

North East Wisconsin Paddlers, Inc.

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.

Appleton Locks Paddle in Photos

morning mist at the Lutz Park boat landing

The Fox River at Lutz Park in Appleton was covered in mist as we prepared to launch 119 canoes and kayaks into the river on September 24th for the 2nd Annual Appleton Locks Paddle.

The weather cooperated for our 6 miles on the river to Sunset Park in Kimberly. Highlights of the trip were traveling through the 4 Appleton Locks, a bit of history from the lock tenders family reunion that was also a part of the paddle and the eagles we saw on the river right in the heart of the city.

Enjoy the slideshow from the trip.

Video from the paddles will be available soon.

New London Fishing Area Yakkers Paddle

The New London Fishing area is a decent launch and landing spot for paddlers seeking a fun adventure on the Wolf River.

New London Fishing Area

The New London Fishing Area is located about 1/4 mile North of the intersection of Hwy 15 and 45 on the South side of the New London bypass. See the Wolf River paddling map. The bypass runs close to the river and this area was turned into a public fishing area with a dock and plenty of parking. If you want to avoid the big powerboat landing in New London this is a good spot to start or end a paddle. It is unimproved and there is no fee to launch here.

This video is the last few moments of a recent Fox Valley Yakker paddle from Hortonville at Cty M to the New London Fishing Area.

This video was shot when the water is fairly low. The launch area can be muddy and rocky so take care with your footing and your boat.

From the New London Fishing Area Cty M is about 10 miles upstream and the landing at Riverside Park in New London is about 3 miles downstream.

The New London area downstream is generally busier with powerboat traffic. The further you go upstream on the Wolf it is generally less busy with few fast, large boats. The entire river is great to paddle if you don’t mind a few large powerboats between New London and Lake Poygan.

Popular Paddling Event Portaging Over to Wisconsin River

The Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Paddle canoe and kayaking series kicks off June 5 during Portage’s Canal Days festival, and will celebrate the crossing from the Fox River to the Wisconsin River by explorers Jacques Marquette and Louis Joliet in 1673.

The sequel to the successful Fox River Heritage Paddle 2010 will reprise three of last year’s most popular outings and add five trips on the Wisconsin River. Details are available at and on the WI Paddle events page.

Please join the  group for the Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Paddles here on WI Paddle

Paddling through Green Bay during last year's Fox Heritage Paddles. Photo by Dave Horst.

Like the 2010 version, which drew more than 750 participants for 12 paddles, this year’s canoe and kayak trips are dedicated to helping people appreciate the beauty and recreational value of the rivers. A $10 registration fee and sponsorship opportunities will cover expenses and support efforts to gain U.S. Park Service recognition of the river corridor through 15 Wisconsin counties as a national heritage area. Participating organizations include North East Wisconsin Paddlers, Friends of the Fox, the Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Parkway and Fox of the River Voyageur Canoe LLC.

The Canal Days paddle begins at the historic Fort Winnebago Surgeon’s Quarters on State 33 with registration and vehicle shuttles at 8:30 a.m. and a 10 a.m. launch. Paddlers will travel about a mile on the Fox to the Indian Agency, another historic landmark. Unlike Marquette and Joliet, paddlers will have the option of cutting through Portage via the canal – with several short portages – while learning about efforts to restore it.


Voyager canoe paddlers. Photo by Dave Horst.


Two weekend paddles are planned on the Wisconsin River later in June. Participants may join in for either day or the whole weekend. Those paddles include:

Sauk City to Spring Green, June 11, 19 miles

Spring Green to Muscoda, June 12, 22 miles

Muscoda to Woodman, June 25, 24 miles

Woodman to Wyalusing State Park, June 26, 21 miles

The paddlers will relaunch into the Wisconsin River at Riverside Park. Participants have the option of starting the paddle there. Non-paddlers may walk along the Ice Age Trail from the Agency House to Riverside Park or on the 1.2-mileWauona Trail, thought to have been the route of Marquette and Joliet. All participants will gather at Riverside Park for lunch before paddlers travel six miles down the Wisconsin River to Dekorra Park.

Jeff Mazanec, one of the Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Paddle organizers and a certified kayak instructor, cautioned that the weekend trips on the Wisconsin are not recommended for novice paddlers or boats of less than 13 feet in length because of the trip lengths and the possibility of strong currents and head winds.

The paddling opportunities continue on the Fox River with:

The 10th annual Park-to-Park Paddle, Neenah’s Shattuck Park to Appleton’s Lutz Park, July 23, 8.5 miles.

A Friday evening moonlight paddle from the Bomier Boat Landing in De Pere to the Green Bay Metro Boat Landing, Aug. 12, 7.5 miles.

The Appleton Locks paddle, through the four locks between Lutz Park and Kimberly’s Sunset Point Park, Sept. 24 (Appleton’s Octoberfest), 6.4 miles.

Quick Facts from Fox River Heritage Paddle 2010

In spring and summer 2010, a series of 12 canoe and kayak outings covering most of Wisconsin’s Fox River sought to reacquaint area residents with the natural beauty and rich heritage of the Fox waterway and raise awareness and support for an effort to gain National Heritage Area status from the U.S. Park Service for the Fox River and Lower Wisconsin River corridor. That mission continues with Fox Wisconsin Heritage Paddle 2011, five paddles on the Wisconsin and three on the Fox from June through September.


Length: 120 miles in 12 segments

Participation: More than 750 segment participants, including 424 different people.

Average participation: 63 people per segment

Proceeds donated to Fox Wisconsin Heritage Parkway: $6,000 from registration fees and sponsorships.



Length: 120 miles in eight segments

Participation: Open to the public. Wisconsin River weekend paddles not advised for boats of less than 13 feet.

Proceeds: After expenses, proceeds will support the Fox Wisconsin Heritage Parkway.

Participating organizations:

North East Wisconsin Paddlers

Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Parkway

Friends of the Fox

Fox of the River Voyageur Canoe LLC

More photos available on Flickr

Please join our Fox Wisconsin Heritage Paddling group on WI Paddle.

Author:  Dave Horst