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


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  More information about the the Nature Current big canoe can be found at

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
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 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:


Paddle 2013 Brings Thoughts of Thaw – Fox Wisconsin Heritage Paddle 2013

The return of the tall ships to Green Bay will highlight one of eight canoe and kayak trips in the Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Paddle series.

photo by Dave Horst – Tall Ships Paddle, Green Bay 2010

Are you having thoughts of thaw? The snow will soon turn into flowing water and the opportunity to join us on the rivers for the Fox Wisconsin Heritage Paddle season. Dave Horst lays it all out for us in this article from the Post Crescent.
David Horst’s Outdoors: Paddle 2013 brings thoughts of thaw | Appleton Post-Crescent |

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.

Brief History of Canoeing from The Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Parkway

This information from  The Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Parkway blog

In recent years, paddling has experienced resurgence on the Fox and Wisconsin rivers. From Green Bay to Prairie du Chien, individuals are taking to this silent pursuit in numbers not experienced since the mid-twentieth century. When paddlers ‘put in’ on the Fox and Wisconsin today, they are continuing a tradition dating back thousands of years.

Developed by native peoples, the canoe is one of the oldest forms of watercraft in North America. Early models, believed to be over 8,000 years old, were carved from large tree trunks. In fact, the word ‘canoe’ is thought to have originated from the word ‘kenu,’ meaning dugout.

A more modern design, the birch bark canoe had a tremendous impact on the settling of North America. This design was popular throughout the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries as voyageurs, missionaries, and fur traders explored the interior of North America via its many lakes and rivers.

Known for its large towing capacity and ability to handle a variety of water conditions, it was this type of canoe that Jacques Marquette and Louis Joliet selected for their 1673 journey down the Parkway in their search for the Northwest Passage. In 1847, journalist, George William Featherstonhaugh traveled the Fox River by wooden canoe as documented in his published journals, A Canoe Voyage Up the Minnay Sotor.

Read the full article at the Heritage Parkway blog.