June 9-12, 2022; Kayak camping and paddling near and around Rock Island State Park
- All participants must wear a personal flotation device (PFD or life jacket) at all times while on the water.
- No alcoholic beverages are allowed on the paddle or during lunch stops.
Our 2021 trip to Rock Island State Park was so much fun, we’re going back in 2022! Join us June 9-12, 2022 for camping on Rock Island, one of Wisconsin’s most beloved state parks, where no vehicles or bicycles are allowed. Enjoy kayak day trips, hiking, and touring the historic boat house and Lake Michigan’s oldest lighthouse. You will need to provide your own sea kayak with water-tight compartments fore and aft (sorry, no recreational kayaks or canoes), kayak gear, camping equipment and food. Optional group meals may be arranged. All participants will need to register in advance. To register, click the “Count Me In” button below.
This event is for NEWP members only (joining is easy!). An ACA waiver is also required. This trip is limited to 25 campers. Priority will be given to NEWP members who will kayak to the island. NEWP members who don’t wish to kayak to Rock Island but want to camp at the group camp can be put on a wait list.
The Route: Drive to the northern tip of Door County (Northport, WI) and take the Washington Island Ferry. Once on Washington Island, drive to Jackson Harbor. Park your vehicle at the Rock Island state park campground parking lot at 1924 Indian Point Rd, Washington Island, WI. From there, paddle approximately 1-1/2 miles to Rock Island.
Questions? Email trip leader Ken Braband
Miles: varies each day
Challenges: weather; packing ALL gear into kayaks; possible long paddle days
Fee: NEWP is covering the cost of the group campsite. Your only cost, besides your $10 annual NEWP membership, is ACA annual membership ($40) or ACA event membership ($10) for this event.
Form: ACA Adult Waiver
Mail the completed waiver to:
5129 Edgewater Beach Rd
Green Bay, WI 54311
Water Crossings, Trips and Activities:
- After arrival on Rock Island, before launching any on-water activities during this event, participants must notify the trip leader with a float plan (written or oral).
- Trip leaders have final approval of all kayaks and equipment.
- All kayaks, equipment and clothing must be suitable for Lake Michigan paddling. Recreational kayaks, SUPs, canoes, and kayaks with only one bulkhead are not suitable.
- Kayaks must have flotation or bulkheads, deck-lines and be fitted with spray skirts. If the kayak does not have bulkheads the use of and knowledge of how to use sea socks is required.
- Inflatable PFDs are not acceptable for this trip.
- Paddle as often as possible prior to the trip.
- Encouraged to be regulars at the Two Rivers Monday night paddle, Elkhart Lake Sunday morning paddles and other paddling opportunities.
Safety equipment and training:
- Practice self and group rescues; review the video Cold Water Boot Camp.
- Acquire and become familiar with safety equipment such as paddle floats, radios, tow ropes, spare paddle etc.
- Although night paddling is not planned, paddlers should be prepared in case a night paddle becomes necessary or desirable. Coast Guard rules require everyone to have a visual light source such as a laser flare or three traditional flares, a sound source (whistle) and a white light source (head lamp) to display in the presence of moving boat traffic.
Paddle Clothing – Lake Michigan is COLD!
- Bring suitable cold water paddling gear, wetsuit, dry suit, splash jacket, gloves, etc.
- Dress to confidently function in cold weather and in case of cold-water immersion.
Alcohol and Drugs:
- NO ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION WILL BE ALLOWED BEFORE OR DURING PADDLING.
- NO ILLEGAL DRUGS WILL BE ALLOWED.
Meals and Camping: Participants are responsible for their own camping and cooking.
All Park camping rules must be followed. Specifically no burning of garbage, cigarette butts or other waste is allowed in the fire area.
Trip Goal: The trip goal is to have a fun, safe outing. Because of the nature of Lake Michigan, safety will be the primary factor. Due to possible weather and wind conditions on Lake Michigan, there is no guarantee that events or activities will happen as planned. Participants must be flexible and be prepared for changes in events and timing. The trip leaders are in charge of this trip and will have final authority over trips, activities, participants and equipment. If a participant’s ability, kayak or equipment is deemed not suitable for Lake Michigan, the person will not be allowed on the trip. All participants must have and wear a PFD (personal flotation device) while paddling.
- Be a current ACA and NEWP member.
- Have taken a NEWP class or be known by one of the lead paddlers to have the requisite skills and training for the planned trip.
- Complete the event registration (see the “Count Me In” button above) and ACA waiver.
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