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We're excited to offer a great variety of canoeing and kayaking events this 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.

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Launching near Riverside Park

Coffee & Canoe CoffeeAndCanoe

What better way to enjoy your Sunday morning than to sip on coffee and canoe down the Milwaukee River? Meet us at the Rowing Club (1990 N. Commerce Street) and we’ll have morning beverages and treats to get you fueled up before you canoe!

For adults and teens

Pick Your Price: Program Cost: $36 | Member Discount: $25 | Price Break: $17

Sunday, May 12 | 9 - 11:30 a.m. | Register

Sunday, May 26 | 9 - 11:30 a.m. | Register

Sunday, June 16 | 9 - 11:30 a.m. | Register

Sunday, July 7 | 9 - 11:30 a.m. | Register

Sunday, July 28 | 9 - 11:30 a.m. | Register

Sunday, August 25 | 9 - 11:30 a.m. | Register

 

Full Moon Canoe

Canoeing on the Milwaukee River under a full moon

With the full moon above and reflected city lights below, paddle down the Milwaukee River. See the city and the full moon as you never have before! Meet at the Milwaukee Rowing Club Boathouse @ 1900 N. Commerce St.

For adults and families

Pick Your Price: Program Cost: $40 | Member Discount: $30 | Price Break: $20

Saturday, May 18 | 7:30 - 10 p.m. | Register

Sunday, June 16 | 7:30 - 10 p.m. | Register

Monday, June 17 | 7:30 - 10 p.m. | Register

Tuesday, July 16 | 7:30 - 10 p.m. | Register

Wednesday, July 17 | 7:30 - 10 p.m. | Register

Wednesday, August 14 | 7:30 - 10 p.m. | Register

Thursday, August 15 | 7:30 - 10 p.m. | Register

 

Canoe & Brew

Take advantage of Milwaukee’s amazing summer months by exploring the city from canoe! We’ll meet at Rowing Club (1990 N. Commerce Street) and spend a couple hours on the river. After the canoe we’ll walk over to Lakefront Brewery for cold beverages and cheers to a great paddle! Price includes two beverages. Participants must be 21+. See you on the river!

For adults 21+

Pick Your Price: Program Cost: $45 | Member Discount: $35 | Price Break: $25

Monday, June 10 | 6 - 9 p.m. | Register

Monday, June 24 | 6 - 9 p.m. | Register

Monday, July 8 | 6 - 9 p.m. | Register

Monday, July 22 | 6 - 9 p.m. | Register

Monday, August 5 | 6 - 9 p.m. | Register

Monday, August 19 | 6 - 9 p.m. | Register

Monday, August 26 | 6 - 9 p.m. | Register

 

Night Kayak: Downtown Milwaukee

Join us for a Milwaukee River paddling experience as we kayak down river from the Milwaukee Rowing Club Boathouse (1990 N Commerce St.). We’ll start with basic paddling techniques and water safety, then hit the water. We don't plan on getting wet, but dress comfortably in waterproof or quick drying clothing in case of splashes! Boats, paddles and PFDs provided. Weather dependent. Space is limited and registration is required.

For adults & teens

Pick Your Price: Program Cost: $28 | Member Discount: $20 | Price Break: $14

Wednesday, June 26 | 7 - 9 p.m. Register

Wednesday, July 31 | 7 - 9 p.m. Register

Wednesday, August 21 | 7 - 9 p.m. Register

 

Ecology on the MKE River via Canoe
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In partnership with Outpost Natural Foods, spend the morning paddling and discovering the Milwaukee River. The river plays an vital role in our region’s watershed. Learn about the river’s diverse ecology and Milwaukee’s storied history with this important ribbon of water. All from the vantage point of a canoe! We’ll meet at the Milwaukee Rowing Club Boathouse and start our paddling journey there. Registration and nonrefundable payment required by 5 p.m. the day before the event.

For adults

Pick Your Price: Program Cost: $36 | Member Discount: $25 | Price Break: $17

Saturday, August 3 | 8 - 10 a.m. Register

 

Lumberjack Paddle & Brunch

Come in flannel and get ready for flapjacks! We'll paddle a scenic stretch of the Milwaukee River and pull off for a family style brunch at the rustic Hubbard Park Lodge. Meet at the Hubbard Park Lodge parking lot. Cost of breakfast included. Non-refundable fee and registration due by August 10 at 5pm. Note that the location of this program may change due to river conditions.

For adults & accompanied children

Pick Your Price: Program Cost: $45 | Member Discount: $35 | Price Break: $25

Saturday, August 11 | 9 a.m. - noon Register

 

Kayak Outing to Village Park

Get out of the city and explore the Milwaukee River by kayak. Our trip will begin and end at Village Park in Thiensville. Learn basic paddling instruction and water safety, then hit the water. Transportation from Riverside Park, boats, paddles and PFDs provided. Space is limited and registration is required by Friday, August 16, at noon. Weather dependent. Bring a lunch.

For adults & teens

Program Cost: $50 | Member Discount: $36 | Price Break: $25

Sunday, August 18 | 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Register

 

 

Washington Park Lagoon

Canoeing for Beginners
Canoeing on the Washington Park lagoon

The Washington Park Lagoon is a beautiful, calm and spacious body of water – a great place to learn the basics of canoeing! Learn how to choose the right equipment, boating safety and paddling technique, then practice with guidance from one of our trained educators. Perfect for those who are new to paddling or just want some more practice.

For adults and accompanied children

Pick Your Price: Program Cost: $28 | Member Discount: $20 | Price Break: $14

Wednesday, May 15 | 6 - 8 p.m. | Register

Wednesday, June 26 | 6 - 7:30 p.m. | Register

Saturday, July 27 | 6 - 7:30 p.m. | Register

Saturday, August 24 | 6 - 7:30 p.m. | Register

 

Family Paddle at the Lagoon

Celebrate summer with some afternoon fun in the sun! Enjoy guided canoeing trips and family fun on our island. All canoeing skill levels welcome.

For adults and accompanied children ages 5+

Pick Your Price: Program Cost: $21 | Member Discount: $15 | Price Break: $10

Saturday, July 20 | 1 to 3 p.m. Register

 

Kayaking for Beginners 
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Join us for the very last canoe program of the season! We’ll paddle around the Washington Park Lagoon and enjoy the early signs of fall from our canoes. This is your last chance to get on the Washington Park Lagoon before hanging up your paddle for the season! All skill levels welcome.

For adults and accompanied children ages 6+

Pick Your Price: Program Cost: $21 | Member Discount: $15 | Price Break: $10

Saturday, July 13 | 10:30 a.m. - noon Register

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