Paddle Essentials

Remember to keep your supplies dry with dry bags and/or dry boxes (available to rent)

Fishing Gear

Swimsuit & Towel

Camping Trip Essentials

When packing for your sandbar camping adventure remember that all your gear needs to fit in your canoe and keeping your supplies dry should be a top priority


Camp Pillow

Sleeping Bag

Sleeping Bag

Camp Chair

Flashlight or Headlamp

Thermal Blanket

Multi-purpose Knife

Matches & Lighter

Fire Starters

Dry Bags

Extra batteries

Cell Phone



Water purifier alt.


Duct tape


Garbage Bags


Sunglasses & Hat

Water & Refreshments Cooler

Waterproof container for electronics


First Aid Kit

make sure it is fully stocked

Sun Screen


Below are some recommendations you don't want to forget but bring whatever else you need to be comfortable

First Aid Kit  

Mosquito Repellent 

Toilet Paper 

Sun Screen 

dispose of in ziplocks or use leaves

Camp Kitchen


Soft coolers are preferred

Stove & Fuel

unless you plan to cook over the fire

Cooking Utensils

determine tools based on menu

Ice Packs

Frozen milk jugs work great!


2 gallons per person

Meals & Snacks

Plan enough food for every meal

Leave No Trace

We require that all of our paddlers follow the guidelines to leave no trace. The Seven Principles of Leave No Trace provide an easily understood framework of minimum impact practices for anyone visiting the outdoors. For more information regarding these principals please visit LNT.ORG or send us a message! We are both Leave No Trace Certified and would be happy to discuss the principles with you! 

Plan ahead & prepare

Adequate trip planning and preparation helps travelers accomplish trip goals safely and enjoyably, while simultaneously minimizing damage to the land. Poor planning often results in miserable campers and damage to the enviro

Minimize campfire impacts

 Campfire building is also an important skill for every camper. Yet, the natural appearance of many areas has been degraded by the overuse of fires and an increasing demand for firewood.

Travel & camp on durable surfaces

The goal of travel in the outdoors is to move through natural areas while avoiding damage to the land or waterways. Understanding how travel causes impacts is necessary to accomplish this goal. 

Respect Wildlife

Learn about wildlife through quiet observation. Do not disturb wildlife or plants just for a “better look.” Observe wildlife from a distance so they are not scared or forced to flee. Do not touch, get close to, feed or pick up wild animals. 

Leave what you find 

Allow others a sense of discovery by leaving rocks, plants, archaeological artifacts and other objects of interest as you find them.

"Take only pictures & leave only footprints"

Be considerate of other visitors

One of the most important components of outdoor ethics is to maintain courtesy toward other visitors. It helps everyone enjoy their outdoor experience.

Dispose of waste properly

The Center encourages outdoor enthusiasts to consider the impacts that they leave behind, which will undoubtedly affect other people, water and wildlife.

"Pack it in, Pack it out"

Have Fun! 

Not really a Leave No Trace principle but something we strongly encourage! 

Use your time on the River to respect & connect with Nature, laugh with friends & family and create memories to last a lifetime!

Call us at 608.617.0998 to renew your connection with nature

Paddle. Discover. Connect