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.
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
The Paddling Film Festival is available now!
Brought to you by NEWP.
Each year since 2006, the Paddling Film Festival World Tour has showcased the very best paddling films from around the world. And now NEWP is bringing the festival directly to you – virtually! Purchase your ticket from us by using the link below, and start watching some of the world’s finest paddling films right now in the comfort of your home or anywhere you have an online connection. Click on the link and choose from three different film categories: Adrenaline, Adventure or Culture.
A portion of each ticket sold comes back to NEWP to help us advance paddle sports education and safety. When you use our link you will see the NEWP logo in the lower right corner of your screen, which means you’re all set to purchase your tickets and support NEWP activities.
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).
We have arranged for 2 open pool sessions in 2021! April 11 (2:15 PM – 4:30 PM) and April 18 (2:30 PM – 4:30 PM) at the Appleton YMCA. See the Open Pool section of the Classes page for details.
In normal years, 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, come and go as you can.
Club Paddle Events
Club paddle events are reserved for NEWP club members. Joining NEWP is easy and allows you take part in these additional paddles.
June 10-13, 2021
Rock Island is one of Wisconsin’s most beloved state parks, where no vehicles or bicycles are allowed. Kayak to the island and spend a few days kayaking, hiking, and touring the historic boat house and Lake Michigan’s oldest lighthouse. NEWP has reserved a group campsite.
For details, see the Rock Island Kayak Campout page.
Note that this trip is for NEWP members only and there is room for only a limited number of campers. (Yes, it is easy to become a member of NEWP – membership page)
The National Park Service has announced that it will permit limited group camping in 2021. Permits will limit group campsite occupancy to 8-14 individuals. NEWP secured three group camping permits through March lottery. Each permit is for three nights at Stockton Island group campsite A; more details on the trip page. Information from our last planned AI trip are available HERE to provide an overview of our normal trip details.
Note that this trip is for NEWP members only and fills up quickly! (Yes, it is easy to become a member of NEWP – membership page)
September 9-12, 2021
NEWP will host a group camping opportunity at Peninsula State Park Sept. 9 through 12, 2021 for NEWP members. We have reserved the Meadows group site (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 for a nearby campsite. NEWP members can come and go all that weekend. Paddle tours will be arranged by the participants for different paddling distances, conditions and destinations. State park admittance requires daily or annual vehicle pass.
For details see the Door County Gathering page.