3rd Annual Canoe-Camping on the Wisconsin River

NW Burbs 2010 Wisconsin River Trip July 17-18 Dan N will be organizing this event. Please forward all questions pertaining to this trip to him. Two Days, One Night (July 17th) This is the 3rd Annual Canoe Camping on the Wisconsin River. This year’s trip will be a 23 mile paddle on the lower Wisconsin River from Gotham to Boscobel, WI. We will be canoe camping on an island in the Wisconsin River. We will meet Saturday morning at a location about 1 ½ hours beyond Madison Wisconsin. You should plan on leaving the NW suburbs around 6:00 AM on Saturday morning in order to reach the put-in by 10:00 AM. There the cars will be unloaded and shuttled to the take out point. Canoes will be loaded and off we go down river. We will stop on a sand bar for lunch and later choose an island for our overnight camp site. After pitching camp and preparing dinner we will enjoy a campfire and the solitude of a river island. After breakfast Sunday morning we will continue downstream and enjoy a few more hours of paddling and lunch on another sandbar. We should be back at the cars early afternoon for the return drive home. Keep in mind that this is primitive camping; there are no facilities (no flush toilets, no pits and no showers) on the island, yet unlike backpacking, comfort items like chairs and coolers of cold beverages can easily be carried in a canoe. This type of trip also means a lot less gear than typical car camping trips. The cost per participant will be $40 per person. The $40 fee covers canoe rental and and firewood. The event is pre-pay for you to be able to RSVP YES. If you can not attend, you must request a refund (less payment charge) NO LATER THAN JULY 9TH 1:00pm. If you cancel after this time or are a no-show, you will lose your payment. The waitlist does not work for pre-pay events, so just RSVP “No” and put the date and time you left the RSVP. Meals are not included in the fee. If we get enough volunteers to assits with cooking and gear we can add a group dinner Saturday and breakfast on Sunday. In that event there may be an additional $2-3 per person charge to food. Lunch Saturday is pack your own. We can have lunch on Sunday in Boscobel at A&W or Subway. Further details will be communicated by email to those who RSVP for the trip. Please contact the trip organizer (Dan) with any questions. Again, I ask the following:
1) This is an adult only event. Please no children.
2) No pets on this one. Carpooling and sharing of gear will be discussed in group email communications. Please feel free to e-mail DAN with any questions.

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  • Laura

    Great trip, Great people! Loads of fun! Sorry we didn't get to camp on sandbars, but the campground in Muscoda was great; we just have to get to the pool/ showers in town BEFORE some kid throws up in the pool! LOL! (For future reference, a pass to the pool and unlimited shower time there was $3 compared to a $2 coin/ 5 min shower at the campground) Also, if we ever do this trip again, know that we can stop there, even if we don't camp there - to refill water containers, & dump trash, etc.

    July 27, 2010

  • Dan

    Another great trip on the Wisconsin. We overcame high water and wind, got quite a workout, and met new people. Thanks everyone for your contributions of food and snacks.

    July 19, 2010

  • Neal

    Great trip everbody, even if I did flip. Look for my article at http://www.examiner.com/x-46898-Chicago-Canoeing-Examiner. Also as part of that clomun I'm always looking for canoeing ideas to pass on to reader so if you have any I ould apprecaite you passing them along There is a link to my emmail on my examiner bio.

    July 18, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had a great time! As always, the best part is making new friends. The lasagna was yummy Laura! Thanks, Dan for orchestrating this. In spite of the storm, the wind, the heat...it was great.

    July 18, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ok. I hate to be a dumbass, but where exactly are we meeting? At the outfitter? Did I miss that? I never got any message about where we are meeting or where the put-in is.

    July 15, 2010

  • Laura

    Phil - thanks, yes, please bring your 6 qt. & if you have space bring the Coal Starter too. I usually just use Match light charcoal and then add reg charcoal as needed -then I don't have to mess with starter fluid, etc. I'll be coming in my Chevy HHR (with my son and his GF) instead of the Astro Van I'm used to camping in - so I'm trying to save space. I've never tried to 'camp' out of an economy -size car with three adults and gear, so this is a little different packing experience for me! LOL!

    July 14, 2010

  • Phil F.

    I have a standard, 12-inch, 6-quart dutch oven I'd be happy to bring. Just let me know for sure if you want it. Will you need another coal starter?


    July 14, 2010

  • Laura

    Looking at the amounts required for Lasagna for about 20 people, I'm thinking that my 5qt and 3 qt Dutch ovens may be a bit small.... I'm afraid of piling stuff too thick in the pots to heat thru without burning the sides..... an extra Dutch oven would make dinner cook faster - anyone have one they can bring along? An extra 5 qt and leave behind my 3 qt would probably be ideal.

    July 13, 2010

  • peggy

    I'll bring a table to cook on or what ever....

    July 12, 2010

  • Phil F.

    Shelley, I'll be bringing a Coleman 2-burner stove, so can heat water for your french press coffee pot. Phil

    July 11, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm coming from Milwaukee. This will be my first time for primitive canoe camping but I'm really looking forward to it. I will bring some desserts, french press coffee pot (just need to add hot water) and chips and cowboy caviar. If someone has a pot to heat water in we can make about 4 cups of coffee at a time with this pot.

    July 11, 2010

  • Dan

    Food plan: Dinner: Lasagna - Laura, Salad - Linda, bread & butter Phil & Jeremy. Breakfast: Pancakes & Sausage - Dan & Bob, coffee Phil & Jeremy. Snacks/Dessert: cookies Phil& Jeremy

    July 10, 2010

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