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2021 Heritage Paddle Series

Join us for any or all of our public paddles. You don’t have to be a club member, but you might discover that you want to be. Most events cost $10 for adults, free for kids under 16 with an adult. You can just show up at the put-in with a $10 bill in your hand, but we would like to know to expect you. And while you’re at it, be sure to show up with your PFD (life jacket) – it’s an absolute requirement for enjoying our sport!

Here is a list of our planned 2021 paddles. Further details to come.

2021 Public Paddle Schedule!

Waupaca Chain 2019


Our 2020 paddle events were canceled in response to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions and CDC guidance. As 2021 dawns, vaccines are being distributed and we’ll soon see how conditions change through the first half of the year. In response, we have reduced the number of public paddle events, and for the first part of the season, limited our trips to out-and-back paddles rather than those that require crowded shuttle trips:

June 26-27, Peshtigo Flowage Weekend: This will be our 6th annual weekend tour of the Caldron Falls and High Falls reservoirs. Friday night fish fry and camping at Governor Thompson State Park are a base part of this great paddle weekend. If conditions are appropriate, we’ll enjoy a shared meal at the Woods Lake shelter on Saturday evening. Both days’ paddle routes will be out-and-back – no shuttles required.

July 23, Friday Night Lights of Oshkosh Paddle: We will launch from the landing on Puhnoqua Street (east of the new Oshkosh Corporation headquarters) as the sun draws low to enjoy the lights on the buildings and bridges of downtown Oshkosh, and then return to the launch location. For those that work up their hunger on the water, we’ll pack up and visit Ardy and Ed’s Drive-In, where genuine car hops on skates serve juicy burgers and delicious malts!

August TBD, Appleton Locks Paddle: We’ve done our research. This date historically has lower flows than Octoberfest weekend so we’re giving up the street party afterwards to have a better shot at actually going through all four Appleton locks.

Public Paddle Planning

NEWP’s public paddle events have roots in the Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance Special Places Program that featured public paddle events from 2000 through 2008. Starting in 2009, NEWP partnered with the Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Parkway to host a series of paddles along the Fox and Wisconsin Rivers, and their tributaries. Currently, paddle events are hosted by NEWP throughout north east Wisconsin to offer paddlers a variety of paddling experiences and venues.

Many individuals have voluntarily provided their time and talent to plan and host these events. The current core planning committee is David Horst, Tom Young, Scott Thomson and Jeff Mazanec. Several other individuals provide essential Input to event planning and support of the actual public paddle events. Contact any of the above with questions or if you are interested in lending your expertise and support!