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Day Paddle Trips

If you're interested in coming out on the river for a kayak trip or a canoe trip, we can help! You’ve got 8 miles of sandbars to choose from and the river is often several hundred yards wide or more.  And if true solitude is your thing, take a day off of work in the middle of the week.  Whether it’s just two of you, twenty friends, or forty family members, there’s room for you and we’d be happy to get you on the water.

Pine Island to Sunset park in Portage is our day trip section for both canoes and kayaks and there's good reason for it.  This 8 mile stretch of river has plenty of sandbars to choose from and only a few houses to detract from the natural beauty of the area. Even on the busiest weekends, there is plenty of distance between you and anyone else on the water. Combined with the easy finish at Sunset Park Boat Launch where your car is waiting for you, it's easily the most recommended day trip option.

Average paddlers typically travel 3-4 mph when paddling at a steady pace.  This gives a rough estimate of 3 to 4 hours of paddle time.  This estimate can be stretched the length of the day by floating along with the river watching for turtles, bald eagles, and other animals or stretching your legs on sandbars, playing games, grilling out, etc.  Our only requirement is that you're off the water by 6 pm. 

 

Don't plan on taking any less than 4 hours out on the water.  While it is not difficult to finish this trip in 3 hours, it is not meant to be done so quickly and it won't be all that pleasant if you're paddling nonstop to stay on schedule.

One last helpful hint: It's not uncommon for a strong headwind to pick up later in the afternoon so do most of your paddling early on if you can so you're not fighting more wind than you have to at the end of the day.

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