Sunday, October 21 st
marked the single most highly attended public event at Upham Woods. Through a special grant from Patagonia & Fontana Sports, the Natural Resources Foundation (NRF), and the Wisconsin Association of Environmental Education (WAEE), Upham Woods was able to host a Wisconsin River Paddle Day that was both open to the public and free for participants to practice paddling skills.
For those looking to try out a canoe for the first time, there was an introductory paddle around the perimeter of Blackhawk Island through some of the Wisconsin Dell’s unique geology and the historic logging route.
The Voyageur canoe also logged several successful trips on Paddle Day. Working in a crew with someone on a large boat is a great way to make new friends fast, especially if everyone wants to get to the same place.
Some visitors were happy with a scenic hike, on Blackhawk Island, where there is always plenty to explore, including caves and historical sights.
For the more experienced paddlers, the day began by driving north to launch in a wide section of river known as the broads. Paddling south, they soon reached the Cambrian overlook, paddling past Stand Rock on the way. Multiple eagle and hawk sightings also added an element of excitement to the journey as they prepared to enter the narrows. After the narrows were crossed, participants were able to go for short hikes of their own on the north shore as well as Blackhawk Island.
If you missed out on this chance, remember to check the Upham Woods website for future public events and opportunities to get out and experience our unique outdoor setting.
Educators and group leaders are also encourage to check out the Wisconsin Natural Resources Go Outside Fund (aka GO Fund)
, which provides funding that helps connect students and teachers with outdoor, nature-based learning experiences.