August 26: Lutz Park in Appleton to Sunset Park in Kimberly.
Distance: 4.6 miles
Challenges: High flow can cause concerns. It is a relatively short paddle with time to rest in each lock.
Meet: After 8:30 AM at Lutz Park in Appleton. Drop boats, gear and passengers and shuttle vehicles to Sunset Park in Kimberly. Share rides or take the school bus back.
Launch: 10:00 AM; Lutz Park, Appleton
Land: Sunset Park, Kimberly
Fee: $15 per adult, $10 for NEWP members. Under age 16, free with an adult. Fee covers ACA event insurance and marketing costs. No one is paid. Any proceeds to NEWP.
Preregister with the button above to let us know you’re coming. Complete your ACA waiver form (and/or ACA waiver for minors form) in advance to save time at the launch.
- All participants must wear a personal flotation device (PFD or lifejacket) at all times while on the water.
- No alcoholic beverages are allowed on the paddle or during lunch stops.
Members of NEWP can arrange to borrow a boat by contacting a member of the Board. Several boat rental businesses operate in the region.
The Appleton Locks Paddle gives you a view from the inside of the only restored, hand-operated locks system in the nation. We pass through all four Appleton locks, which date back to 1856. Learn more about the locks.
If the flow rate is too high for novice paddlers to handle the Appleton locks safely, we will relocate downstream, launching at Sunset Park in Kimberly and landing at Riverside Park in Kaukauna.
Save time at the launch by filling out the American Canoe Association ADULT WAIVER FORM or CHILD WAIVER FORM in advance and have the correct amount of cash or a check to pay the event fee.