Boat Maintenance and Gear Swap in Appleton – NEWP

Lutz Park Fox River kayaks

The North East Wisconsin Paddlers hosted their first ever boat maintenance workshop in 2012 with such success that 2013’s event will expand to include a boat/ gear swap!


St. Therese Parish Gymnasium

213 E Wisconsin Avenue

Appleton, WI 54911


10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Saturday April 20, 2013

This year’s event will have four components:

1. Gear Swap – Have extra gear? Need paddling gear or equipment? Bring your spare gear and your wish list! Standard gear swap format – we’ll provide a space for you to put the gear you wish to sell. You set the price and strike the deal!

2. Retail Opportunity – Looking for new gear? Or even a new boat? Check out boats and gear from our website sponsors – Zellers from Green Bay, Superior Kayak and DC Adventure Center.

3.  Maintenance Workshop – Need to repair your boat? Or maybe improve the boat fit? Or just need help adjusting your boat to best fit you? Bring your boat, supplies (if you have them) and simple tools. We’ll share our time and talent to help you do simple adjustments, replacements and modifications.

  • ABackBanddjustments – back bands, braces, seat adjustments, rudders, skegs and their fittings
  • Replacements – deck lines, bungee cord, incidental hardware
  • Modifications – knee tube construction/ installation, foam pad shaping and coating; others?

Need major work? Maybe we cannot complete that in this format, but chances are some of our participants can help you figure out what you need and how to do it! Some supplies will be available (for purchase) through participating boat builders and retailers.

4. Skill Workshops – Want to learn a new skill? This year’s event includes three (45 – 60 minute) sessions in classrooms. They are:

  • 40KnotsPractical Knot Tying for Paddlers – this workshop will again be led by Geoff Carman, who will bring materials for the class
  • Trip Planning/ Boat Packing – what’s involved in planning a successful trip? How do you ever get everything to fit in that boat? Tim Pflieger and Sara from the DC (Door County) Adventure Center will offer practical tips and tricks!
  • On Water Navigation – Prefer to avoid the “scenic route?” Learn practical on-water navigation skills from Geoff Carman!



The format for this workshop will again be open and casual. Participants are welcome to bring their boats to the facility for maintenance as well as gear to swap.



February Kayaking on Little Lake Butte Des Morts

Winter of 2012 has been a balmy one in Wisconsin. For us hardier paddlers this means we’re not taking the winter completely off from paddling. February 22nd was a sunny 40+ degree day so 4 of us decided to enjoy an outing on Little Lake Butte Des Morts. We started at Fritse Park on the west side of the lake in Menasha and paddled to Lutz Park and back. Our trip was a little over 9 miles. It’s been great to be out on the water.

Here’s a slideshow from the day

Winter paddling needs to be approached with caution. The water is cold this time of year and you need to be prepared in case of immersion. If in doubt do not go.

Wolf River Kayaking Stephensville to Hortonville Time Lapse

The Lower Wolf River is a great and under utilized destination for paddlers. This section between Hwy S near Stephensville and Hwy M near Hortonville is about 5 miles making it one of the shorter sections between landings.

This section of the Wolf is tree lined and a number of fishing shacks line the river where there are access roads.  This time lapse video shows the river at a late summer medium to lower water level.

I like to make this paddle a round trip starting at the landing on hwy M, paddle to the bridge and landing at hwy S and back.  If you do this round trip I recommend doing the upstream section first.

Enjoy the video.

Want to see more videos and trip guides for the Lower Wolf River? Visit our Lower Wolf page.