Fox Wisconsin Heritage Parkway

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2012 Heritage Paddle Wrap-Up

On September 29, the Parkway wrapped up the 2012 Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Paddle with the Appleton Locks Paddle. This autumn paddle routed through downtown Appleton, from Lutz Park through all four Appleton locks, downriver to Sunset Park in Kimberly. More than 180 paddlers in 147 boats enjoyed the great weather a beautiful fall colors along the river.

View online photo album of the event.

Photo Courtesy of David Horst

In its third year, the Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Paddle continues to grow, with hundreds of paddlers participating from across the state. The paddle combines recreation and history, enabling participants to experience the Heritage Parkway from it’s very core—the Fox and Wisconsin rivers—just as native peoples and explorers had centuries ago.

The paddle took place over six weekends from May to September and featured nine days of paddling. Paddles took place on both the Lower Wisconsin and Fox and highlighted various stories, figures and landscapes, including trips through the Fox River Locks; to the home of conservationist, Aldo Leopold; and Appleton’s heritage festival, Octoberfest.

While the paddling season just ended, we’re already looking to plan the 2013 Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Paddle. Contact us if you are interested in assisting with next year’s paddle or would like information about sponsoring an upcoming paddling event at

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