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Wolf River Trip Kicks Off Annual Paddle Series

General canoe scene 17SHIOCTON, Wis. —

North East Wisconsin Paddlers’ annual paddle series launches May 2 with a 10.7-mile trip down the Wolf River and through the cultural history of fishing rafts on the Wolf.

It is the first of eight public paddles over six weekends. Five of the trips will be on sections of the Fox River, planned in cooperation with the Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Parkway.

All of the canoe/kayak paddles are open to non-club members. A fee of $10 per paddler (under age 16 free with an adult) is collected at the launch site. Rides in a voyageur canoe are available for some paddles for $20 per person.

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The Wolf River trip will launch from Barker Park in Shiocton and end at the Buchman Access on County M north of Hortonville, about a four-hour trip. It will travel through sections of river lined with the sometimes-controversial fishing rafts.

By law, the rafts must be capable of floating in the event of a flood. Some question whether the more elaborate fishing retreats really fit the definition of a raft, while supporters defend them as part of an important cultural tradition on the Wolf. A representative of the nonprofit service group Shadows on the Wolf will discuss the history.

The paddle series showcases the beauty, variety, history and environmental importance of area waterways, especially the Fox River corridor, which served as the route of exploration for

For more information:

Jeff Mazanec, jmmazanec@gmail.com, 920-716-3150, NEWP president

David Horst, sandhill7@gmail.com, 920-250-3092, NEWP board member

 

 

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