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Park to Park Paddle (Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Paddle) **Beginner**

This is one of the NEWP sponsored event for the year. Please visit the NEWP page for info

Total mileage - 8.5 miles (Shattuck Park/ Neenah to Lutz Park/ Appleton)

There is a shortcut near the start which shaves off about a mile. Rec boats are usually not recommended for this paddle (although you will see them - and I did it w/ one). Winds can be a factor on Lake Winnebago as well as Little Lake Butte de Morte.

This is a paddle through the locks. Every year they attempt to break the record for the amount of yaks crammed into the lock.. quite the event, look at our past pictures from the last years. BRING A CAMERA !! Think we can break the record this year????
**** Please note - there is usually a $10 fee for all NEWP events ****

**Beginner level...a great event for all skill levels**


See the below info from a file released on 7/8. I was unable to attach it fully so I copied the text.  -Abi-

***Park-to-Park Paddle offers activities on water and shore - NEENAH, Wis. -- The 12th annual Park-to-Park Paddle will put hundreds of kayak and canoe paddlers on the Fox River on July 20, offer an after-paddle celebration and environmental talk on shore and introduce a program that promises "No Child Left on Shore."

The trip launches from Neenah's Shattuck Park at 9:30 a.m. and ends about three and a half hours later at Lutz Park in Appleton. This year, paddlers launching at Shattuck will be able to try accessible launch platforms provided by the Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Parkway as a trial for planned permanent placements throughout the Fox-Wisconsin waterway.

The 8.5-mile Park-to-Park route takes paddlers briefly onto Lake Winnebago, through downtown Menasha and the Menasha lock and down the length of Little Lake Butte des Morts before landing in Appleton. Details and shuttle bus times are available on the North East Wisconsin Paddlers website at

The Park-to-Park Paddle, part of the Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Paddle series, annually draws paddlers from around the state, as well as spectators for the sight of hundreds of colorful boats sardined into the Menasha Lock and for the landing at Lutz Park.

"Over the past dozen years, we've gone through that lock with a lot of family, friends and new friends," said Jeff Mazanec, who initiated the Park-to-Park Paddle and the paddle series. "It's also a fun experience for anyone who has never seen one of these historic, hand-operated locks in action from the inside."

Nonpaddlers can join in a post-paddle celebration at the Appleton Yacht Club starting at noon, presented by paddle sponsor North East Wisconsin Land Trust, including live music, children's activities by Heckrodt Wetland Reserve and lunch available for $5. Paul Robbins, executive director of the University of Wisconsin Nelson Institute for Environmental Science, will speak on climate change in a talk entitled “No Going Back: Daunting Environmental Challenges and Surprising Opportunities in a Rapidly Changing World" at about 1 p.m.

About 30 members and chaperones from the Sandy Knoll 4H Club of Waupaca County will be among the paddlers. The young agriculture enthusiasts will be the first to benefit from "No Child Left on Shore," a new effort by the Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Paddle series to get young people out on the waterway. Their participation is supported by a grant from the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region.

"The next generation has to experience Wisconsin's rivers before they can love them and want to preserve them," David Horst, one of the organizers of the paddle series said.

The Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Paddle series highlights the natural beauty and historic importance of the Fox and Lower Wisconsin River waterway, which recently was designated a National Recreation Trail by the U.S. Department of the Interior. A $10 fee (paddlers under 16 accompanied by an adult are free) helps cover expenses with any remaining proceeds going to the the Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Parkway.***



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  • Mark G.

    Great weather and a fun event!!

    July 20, 2013

  • Bill S.

    Not too hot. The wind was not as bad as predicted. The launch roller system was great.

    July 20, 2013

  • Sarah R.

    Love to see some pictures!

    July 20, 2013

  • Julie B.

    Excellent event. It was nice to see all of the kayaks and canoes and everyone seemed to be having a good time. It is always fun to go through one of the locks.

    July 20, 2013

  • Kris R.

    Gonna watch this year

    July 20, 2013

  • Daren B

    Nearly 4x's more folks from FV Yakkers going this year compared to last.. Can we get 50 members showing our yakking pride?

    July 19, 2013

  • John P.

    Do not forget to bring and wear your PFD to this event.

    1 · July 16, 2013

  • Daren B

    For those who signed up for this paddle - if you have not yet done so- please also go to and click on the blue 'Count me in' box to the right of the screen. This provides NEWP and the organizers a decent head count and provides better logistics. It's a simple email form you complete (they will not email you back).

    July 16, 2013

  • Edward L.

    if I have a trailer is that a problem for parking?

    July 10, 2013

    • Scott T.

      Also, the downtown farmers market will be going on too. Get there early and do a little shopping before shuttling your car/trailer.

      July 12, 2013

    • Scott T.

      Just saw a typo in my earlier reply... I meant to say that trailering is NOT a problem. Sorry for any confusion.

      July 13, 2013

  • Annie

    Still sounds like fun. Sorry i wont make it.

    July 12, 2013

  • Terry N.

    This is not for beginners who can't keep up unless they are willing to be towed or to take a ride in a power boat. Every year there are people who can't make it under their own power. Sometimes they resist help. For liability reasons they can't be left behind. The year before last, two people were forced to go ashore after paddling less than one mile. They had refused to be "rescued" by a powerboat.

    July 12, 2013

    • Daren B

      I agree.. however someone else had edited that a while back.

      July 12, 2013

  • Terry N.

    Probably with my wife, Char, in our tandem.

    July 12, 2013

  • Daren B

    I also talked to one the NEWP hosts this past weekend about the paddle. Bill informs me there will be numerous safety boats in the area (Coast Guard, Fire/rescue etc) which will keep a watchful eye out for all the paddlers. As always, there is someone near you willing to lend a hand getting you back into your boat - if the need is present. So, if you have fears about doing this for the first time, leave them on will be in good hands.

    July 9, 2013

  • Roxine M.

    Looking for paddlers in Fond du Lac area.

    July 9, 2013

  • jacki k.

    why so early?

    1 · June 28, 2013

    • Daren B

      Well, reason why the time is so early is because of the parking by the put in. It is somewhat limited. One must either park on the street and portage about 300 feet to drop off the yak, or drive in and drop it off (quickly), so others may do the same thing. There ARE several folks who attend this event (hundreds). Once you drop off your boat, head on over to whichever spot you would like to get out. Once there, there will be a shuttle bus awaiting to pick up folks (usually a few times before the 0900 time). Once you get back to your yak, go ahead and register and pay the $10.. Near the start time of 0900, there will be a safety brief before anyone gets in the water..

      July 8, 2013

  • Annie

    Sounds like fun, anyone with an extra kayak ?

    July 2, 2013

  • Tim S.

    Check out the link too the NEWP site and it will give you all the info on event time etc. This is a kayakers must paddle if you want too meet alot of people and paddle with a huge group.

    June 28, 2013

  • Daren B changed the time from 7:30 AM to 7:00 AM

    March 28, 2013

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