Milwaukee, Indian Summer Festival
Voyageur Canoe Workshop
Join Wilderness Inquiry at Indian Summer Festival for canoe rides. Paddle in a 24′ Voyageur canoe on the north end of Lakeshore Park in the lagoon. From there, you’ll be able to take in a unique perspective of the Milwaukee Art Museum, Discovery World Museum, and views of Milwaukee’s skyline and the Festival grounds.
For standard meeting places and times, see Dates & Fees tab.
No registration necessary!
- Arrive to Wilderness Inquiry's site to sign a waiver.
- Get fitted for a life jacket and a receive a paddle.
- Learn how to canoe and be safe on the water.
- Get seated into a 24' cedar strip Voyageur canoe and go paddle!
- Paddle back to land and return gear.
This event is a continuous flow of people progressing through each step. All are welcome!
Travel, Terrain, Etc...
You will be paddling in 24-foot Voyageur canoes, following the river's shorelines. The Voyageur canoes hold 6-10 paddlers. They are stable boats, designed specifically for safe trips on big water. Paddling distance varies depending upon the route. It is active but not strenuous.
Wilderness Inquiry outdoor educators are experienced boat captains that provide paddle and safety instructions. One boat captain will be with each canoe to steer the boat, ensure safety, and facilitate a fun experience for everyone!
Program partners will lead land-based activities surrounding urban water topics. Youth will rotate among the activity stations and paddling in canoes.
For clothing and gear, it is important to consider the weather.
Here is a list of suggested items:
- Rain jacket/poncho (WI will have ponchos available)
- Jacket or sweater
- Shoes that you are willing to get a little dirty
- Water bottle (WI will have drinking water available)
- Hat to protect you from the sun and rain
- Sunscreen, lip balm, sunglasses
- Camera in a plastic bag to keep it dry
- Day pack
The largest city in Wisconsin, Milwaukee sits on the bluffs of Lake Michigan at the confluence of three major rivers - the Menomonee, the Kinnickinnic, and the Milwaukee. Milwaukee's urban wilderness is reflected in its elaborate parks system, rivers, and trails. The matrix of gardens, natural corridors, and parks provide habitat for a wide array of wildlife - native prairie grasses, opossums, white-tailed deer, river otters, muskrats, woodpeckers, starlings, and many more!
No Dates Scheduled
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