There is no better time to think about paddling a beautiful, serene river than when it’s cold and wintery; escapism at its best. In just a few short weeks, paddlers can have that escape and enjoy the beauty of the Wild and Scenic Namekagon River in northwest Wisconsin.
The Namekagon River is a tributary of the St. Croix River, both of which were among the first eight rivers in the nation protected under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.
Experience the Namekagon with the St. Croix River Association’s annual paddle May 19 to 24 traveling 92 miles in six days. Paddlers will explore on the river, see an abundance of wildlife, challenge themselves and hopefully build lasting relationships with fellow paddlers. Working in partnership with the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, there will also be experts throughout the route with interesting and educational programs, and communities welcoming the paddlers along the way.
The association arranges for the shuttle, camping space every evening, and the land crew moves all of the paddlers’ overnight gear each day.
There is still some space available. For more complete information about the Namekagon Paddle, including outfitters if you need to rent a canoe or kayak, and to register, visit www.scrapaddle.org or call the St. Croix River Association at 715-483-3300. Deadline to register is April 1.
There are many opportunities for solitude on the Namekagon paddle.