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Paddling Programs 2022

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We're excited to offer a great variety of canoeing and kayaking events this spring and summer! There's something for everyone, from beginners to advanced paddlers of all ages. Explore Milwaukee's wonderful waterways by boat with us! Check out our programs and register below.

Please note: For insurance reasons, personal boats are currently not allowed in any of our paddling programs. Registration in advance is required for all the programs.

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Launching in the Rowing Club (1900 N. Commerce St.)

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Explore the Milwaukee River from a canoe with a guide from the Urban Ecology Center. Beginners to experienced paddlers are invited to join us for a relaxing paddle followed by cheers to a great paddle at Lakefront Brewery! Price includes one beverage. BONUS: Mondays at Lakefront Brewery are “Halfy-Hour”: buy one beer, get one 1/2 off!

For adults

Pick Your Price: Program Cost: $35 | Price Break: $25

Monday, June 13 | 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. | Register

Monday, July 18 | 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. | Register

Monday, August 8 | 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. | Register

 

River Tunes Paddle

Hop in a canoe and we’ll paddle down the river to join in on River Rhythms' live music! Listening from our canoes we’ll be sure to have some creative dance moves. Then take in some summer dusk lighting as we make our 1.5-mile paddle back to the Rowing Club.

For adults and teens

Pick Your Price: Program Cost: $45 | Price Break: $35

Wednesday, July 6 | 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. | Register

Wednesday, August 31 | 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. | Register

 

Full Moon Canoe fullmoon paddlingpage

Join us and UWM’s Planetarium Director, Jean Creighton to see the city and the full moon as you never have before! While enjoying the full Moon above you’ll learn about our nearest celestial neighbor, other exotic moons in the solar system, and more intriguing objects scattered through space from an expert astronomer. Meet us at the Rowing Club (1990 N. Commerce St) 

For adults and teens

Pick Your Price: Program Cost: $45 | Price Break: $35

Wednesday, July 13 | 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. | Register

 

Coffee & Canoe

What better way to enjoy your Saturday morning than to sip on coffee, nibble a pastry, and canoe down the Milwaukee River? We’ll have morning beverages and treats to get you fueled up, then we'll head out for a laidback paddle. Bring your sunglasses, some sunscreen, and a mug or thermos!

For adults and teens

Pick Your Price: Program Cost: $35 | Price Break: $25

Saturday, July 23 | 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. | Register

 

Washington Park Lagoon

Peaceful Paddle 

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Warm weather is here which means it's time to get out the canoes at Washington Park! Take the whole family out for an evening on the lagoon where you will learn the basics of paddling a canoe all while adding movement to your week. The sunset at the park is hard to beat, especially when you view it from a boat!

For families

Pick Your Price: Program Cost: $14 | Price Break: $9

Wednesday, May 25 | 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Register

 

Canoeing for Beginners gg

Interested in paddling but just trying to learn the basics? The Urban Ecology Center has you covered! Join us for a guided session to learn a C stroke, J stroke and back paddle as you maneuver a canoe across the Washington Park Lagoon!

For families

Pick Your Price: Program Cost: $12 | Price Break: $9

Tuesday, June 7 | 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Register

Saturday, August 13 | 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Register

 

Family Pedal Boating

Let’s celebrate the start of summer break with a fun afternoon pedaling on the Washington Park Lagoon. Learn who invented pedal boats, how they gained popularity, and how to operate one. Riders must be 6 years+ and weigh at least 40 lbs.

For families

Pick Your Price: Program Cost: $10 | Price Break: $7

Saturday, June 11 | 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Register

 

Full Moon Paddle

In June we’ll celebrate the full Strawberry Moon! Bring the family or your space-loving friend and gaze at the sky. We’ll learn about the night sky and the earth’s moon during this evening paddle on the Washington Park Lagoon!

For everyone 6+

Pick Your Price: Program Cost: $12 | Price Break: $9

Tuesday, June 14 | 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. | Register

 

Sunset Kayak

Paddle through the gorgeous sunset reflection on the Washington park lagoon with your friends at the Urban Ecology Center. Have some fun in nature and add some movement to your week! Space is limited to 12 participants, pre-registration is required.

For adults and teens

Pick Your Price: Program Cost: $12 | Price Break: $9

Friday, July 15 | 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. | Register

 

Boats and Brewed Coffee 

Enjoy coffee, tea, and pastries before we head out on the lagoon for some paddling fun.

For adults and teens

Pick Your Price: Program Cost: $16 | Price Break: $10

Saturday, July 16 | 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Register

 

 

 

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