How to Dress for Kayaking and Safety

Are you prepared for kayaking this season?  Wearing proper clothing can help you stay safe, especially when paddling where the water is cold.  This video is great to help you get started.  How to Dress for Kayaking – YouTube.


Namekagon Paddle: Reports from the River


Daily Trip Reports from the Namekagon River
About 75 paddlers in a slightly smaller number of canoes and kayaks started 
a 92-mile journey down the Namekagon River in northwestern Wisconsin.  Namekagon Paddle 2013. 

Namekagon Paddle: Rapids, loons and Les Fils du Voyageur | MinnPost.


Also check out this additional trip blog:

Paddling the Flooded Wolf River near New London

Spring has been slow in coming this year and the Wolf River is still flowing with a lot of water.  Water that flows over it’s banks and creates new places to explore when flood season is here.   We have finally had a series of really nice weather days for paddling and the river was calling.

The Wolf River typically floods in the spring around the New London fishing area.  This is a nice spot to explore if you want to float beyond the banks of the normal river channel.  The New London fishing area is not a regular boat landing spot.  Launching from the shore line can be muddy and rocky.

Paddling and Camping – Big Eau Pleine Flowage

Big Eau Pleine Reservoir is a 6300 reservoir in north central Wisconsin with lots of paddling opportunities along its wooded shores.  There are 11 boat landings on the reservoir where you can get on and explore this stretched out reservoir.

Big Eau Pleine County Park is a 1400 acre park with trails, camping and a couple of boat landings.  The park is on a peninsula in the north central side of the reservoir making this location a good base location for your paddle explorations.  There are a number of campsites that are close to the water and would make great bases for a multi day paddle exploration of this large reservoir.

Enjoy these photos of paddling and camping around Big Eau Pleine County Park.

Wisconsin’s Public Islands

Did you know there are over 500 public islands in Wisconsin?

Wisconsin, with its 84,000 miles of rivers and 15,000 lakes, is full of places to paddle, float, fish, or just watch and listen.

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The BLM has a share in all this beauty, since we manage about 500 islands in Wisconsin’s rivers and lakes. These are the islands that were omitted from the original land survey back in the 1830s and 1840s. We don’t manage all the islands. Many of our islands are close to other state-owned islands or private islands, and it is critical that you determine whether an island is public land before you use it.

Have you visited any of our BLM public islands?

For more information and detailed locations with maps of these island visit the Public Lands of Wisconsin website.


Mapping new trails: Kayakers called upon to explore 1,600-mile Lake Michigan Water Trail |

“We want people to record and photograph the put-ins and take-out points and get shots of the in-between,” he said. “We’re looking for GPS coordinates, too. Paddlers would submit all that to a website. The first would be listed as the segment trailblazer.”

Ken Braband DSCN0303.JPGThat segment also would be listed on a proposed Lake Michigan water trail passport that paddlers can carry. Those who eventually complete the trail would get a certificate of completion, Lemberg said.

Mapping new trails: Kayakers called upon to explore 1,600-mile Lake Michigan Water Trail |