All About Us
Hi there, I’m Elizabeth, and together with my husband Rick we own and operate Wild Wisco Waters, a canoe and kayak outfitter. We offer canoe trips and kayak trips on the Wisconsin River and have canoe and kayak rental services available so you can take a boat on a paddle adventure of your own. Enjoy the tranquility of nature by taking advantage of our Sunset Paddle day trip or take the adventurous route and book our overnight sandbar camping trip for an unforgettable experience! Both canoe and kayak trips are beginner-friendly as well as pet-friendly. We understand that people’s comfort level in nature varies and we are excited to announce guided paddle tours this season that are available on weekdays for either a half or full-day experience. Guided kayak fishing, birding, and eco-tours are available with the option to create your own unique paddle to fit your needs.
why Paddle with us?
Our trips and tours run on a quiet serene section of the Wisconsin River and are the best canoeing and kayaking destination in Wisconsin. Get away from the Lake Wisconsin and Wisconsin Dells tourism noise and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature while you travel downriver paddling. We intertwine environmental education into each of our paddle experiences to help foster an appreciation for the great outdoors. While paddling you’ll see eagles, great blue herons, and a plethora of other wildlife and create a chance to renew your connection with nature.
Where We came from
Our story began at the University of Stevens Point where we met at a college course held in the forest (literally) over seven years ago and have been together ever since. We both majored in Natural Resource fields, Management for me and Education for Rick. We were both enjoying a seasonal lifestyle split between Wisconsin summers and Lake Tahoe winters when a good family friend reached out one day asking if Rick and I would be interested in taking over their canoe rental company. With our passion for the outdoors and desire to share its wonder with others, we thought it would be a great fit and it became a shared dream. After two years of managing and operating their company, we decided to make the leap and buy their business. In 2019 we established Wild Wisco Waters Canoe & Kayak Outfitters LLC with the hope of bringing people closer to nature. Since then we have helped hundreds of people paddle, discover, and connect with the Wisconsin River. We are thrilled we took the leap and decided to chase our dreams. We are beyond grateful to be able to help people explore the Wisconsin River and create adventures of their own.
We welcome and celebrate all the colors, genders, body types, abilities, and communities that enjoy the outdoors. We want to help make it possible for everyone to live their best life in the outdoors, no matter who they are, where they live and play, or what inspired them to get outside in the first place. Our lived experiences and the degree to which we feel represented and welcomed outside can differ a lot based on the identities we carry with us, visible or not. At Wild Wisco Waters all are welcome.
What to expect when paddling with us
We meet at the Dekorra Public Boat Launch in Dekorra WI, from there we meet the group and gather for a safety briefing. After we load up and drive you up the river to Portage WI, timing varies depending on the trip choice, it usually takes around 15 minutes. When we get to the put-in point we prep the canoes and load in supplies and off you go, downriver to enjoy a day filled with sunshine and smiles. You pass a sandstone rock outcropping and your take out is on the left. We'll meet you there to pick up the canoes and hear about the adventure!