Public Paddle Events
We plan to resume our popular public paddle events in 2021, starting out slowly with out-and-back routes to see how things go. Check out our current list of Public Paddle events HERE.
2021 Paddler’s Gear Swap
Our next annual Paddlers (and other) Gear Swap is planned to be held at a new venue – The Bar on Lynndale in Appleton. The date hasn’t been confirmed at this point and will be posted here as available. Bring your spare boats and gear along with your wish list to find a great deal. There will also be paddling-related presentations and a great opportunity to socialize with your paddling friends. More information…
2021 Film Festival? Stay tuned!
When we postponed the Paddling Film Festival scheduled for last March 20-21, our hope was that the virus would run its course and we would be able to reschedule the event. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen in 2021. But we do have exciting news for 2021 and will post is as soon as we confirm all details!
2021 Apostle Islands trip
August ?, 2021
Rumor has it there may be some limited group camping permitted in the Apostle Islands in 2021. We are monitoring the situation and will post updates as available. This trip is for NEWP members only and fills up quickly! (Yes, it is easy to become a member of NEWP – membership page)
2021 Door County Kayak Encampment
September 9-12, 2021
Peninsula State Park Sept. 9 through 12, 2021 for NEWP members. We have the reserved the Meadows group site reserved (tents only, holds up to 60 people). If you want to camp in a popup, RV or nearby lodging you’ll need to make your own arrangements. NEWP members can come and go all that weekend. Group tours will be arranged that weekend for different paddling distances and destinations. State park admittance requires daily or annual vehicle pass.
Historically, we’ve offered open pool sessions while classes are held at the Appleton YMCA, available to current NEWP members and current-year students. The cost is $5 per person (current-year students are free). At this point, we have not determined whether we can host open pool events in 2021.
Open pool is held from 2:00 – 3:30 on those Sundays when our Fox Cities YMCA (Appleton) kayak classes are held from February through April. Classes (and open pools) are not held the weekends of Canoecopia and Easter. Check the classes page on this website for specifics.
Family friendly, free to NEWP members, come and go as you can
Several groups of paddlers around northeast Wisconsin enjoy these social paddles on a weekly basis. Please contact us with corrections or additions to this list. Arrive early enough to unload and be ready to paddle by the listed launch times.
Red River (whitewater) – Tuesdays 5:15pm
Red River – The 2020 weekly Red River Paddles will begin May 26. Meet at the Lower Lake Dam at 5:00 pm on Tuesday. There will be no caravaning from Maplewoods Shell for now. Please bring a mask for the actual river shuttle. Also please check in with Mike Brown (920 629-0184 or MikeB@WisconsinPaddlers.org) if you plan on coming. Active from paddling season opener until Oct. 1 each year, weather dependent.
Elkhart Lake – Sundays 8:00am
Launch from boat landing on County Road P, west side of Elkhart Lake. 8 a.m. “power loop” followed by a 9 a.m. “social loop.” Great opportunity for roll and rescue practice! (Note that a Sheboygan County parking pass is required.)
Sheboygan – 6:00 Wednesdays – Launch from the south end of King Park at the end of Broadway Avenue; Lake Michigan paddle.
Two Rivers – 5:00 Mondays (or later with prior arrangement) – Launch from Neshotah Park. Park at the most southern parking lot. Lake Michigan paddle (river paddle option available). View the harbor cam for current conditions. Contact: Daren at email@example.com.
Occasional paddles are scheduled and published via an email list. Contact Dale for more information.
The Loon-A-Tics have a weekly Tuesday “river” paddle (rivers change each week), scheduled Memorial Day through Labor Day, and some of the members do a Tuesday and Thursday workout paddle (high intensity) to get in shape for Midwest races. Contact Dale for more information.