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Canoe and Hike in Wisconsin's Northwoods

Program Number: 20560RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/27/2014 - 8/2/2014;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Eagle River, Wisconsin
Price starting at: $599.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Multi-Sport; Science & Nature; Walking/Hiking Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 16; 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

With an abundance of waterways and public resources away from large cities, northern Wisconsin provides access to a host of canoeing and hiking opportunities to excite the avid lover of the outdoors. By land and by water, study the fascinating and varied biology of the plants and animals that inhabit this rich natural area. Enjoy a range of hikes and canoe excursions with professional naturalists who interpret your discovery.




Highlights

Visit Sylvania Wilderness, a 20,000-acre old growth forest with 34 pristine named lakes, and explore the area by both land and water.
Learn about the unique ecology of a northern quaking bog, then venture out and experience the waterbed-like feel by walking on the bog mat.
Experience an evening paddle on Baker Lake, home to a host of plants and animals including loons and bald eagles.



Activity Particulars

Hiking 2-5 miles daily on varied terrain. Canoeing up to 2.5 hours per trip. All canoeing equipment provided.




Date Specific Information

7-27-2014

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Coordinated by Trees For Tomorrow.




Eagle River

Situated near the largest inland chain of connecting freshwater lakes in the world, this community lies next to the 600,000-acre Nicolet National Forest and is a well-known hub of recreational activity, from canoeing to hiking.



Accommodations
Lodge-style dormitory, shared baths, lower bunks.
Meals and Lodgings
   Lodge at Trees For Tomorrow
  Eagle River, WI 6 nights
 Lodge at Trees For Tomorrow
Type: Lodge
  Description: Trees For Tomorrow (TFT) started in 1944 to help reforestation efforts in northern Wisconsin. Initially, Trees For Tomorrow was focused on giving out free tree seedlings and assisting with forest management. Once the reforestation effort was largely completed, TFT shifted more toward education. Today TFT is an accredited Natural Resources Specialty school that focuses on educating students, teachers, and other adults about the wise use and management of natural resources. The campus is located on about 30 acres with an interpretative walking trail within it.
  Contact info: 519 E. Sheridan St
P.O. Box 609
Eagle River, WI 54521 USA
phone: 715-479-6456
web: www.treesfortomorrow.com
  Room amenities: Each room has 2-3 bunk beds, dresser, coat rack, and small desk. During warm months, it is recommended to bring a fan, as only the main Education Hall has air conditioning. We will provide bed linens, pillows, and blankets. Participants should bring their own towels and washcloths.
  Facility amenities: Our dormitories are rustic, yet comfortable, one-story buildings with 7 to 12 bedrooms in each. The dorms have central lounges with fireplaces and a central shared standard bathroom (separate genders) within a short distance of each bedroom. There is Wi-Fi available campus-wide available at no cost. There are no laundry facilities on site, but there are places to go within a 5 minute drive.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Bathroom: Shared bath down the hall.
  Additional nights prior: $35 Single/$50 Double Please contact TFT - Road Scholar Coordinator at least 2 weeks prior to the program start date if interested in staying additional nights. Additional nights before and after the program vary depending on the program date.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $35 Single/$50 Double Please contact TFT - Road Scholar Coordinator at least 2 weeks prior to the program start date if interested in staying additional nights. Additional nights before and after the program vary depending on the program date.
  Check out time: 9:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3-4:30 PM check in at the Education Hall at Trees For Tomorrow campus in Eagle River, WI. You will be staying at Lodge at Trees For Tomorrow that night.
  End of Program:
9:00 AM at Trees For Tomorrow campus in Eagle River, WI. You will be staying at Lodge at Trees For Tomorrow the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. On-site swimming waiver for swimming opportunities during lunch between field sites.
  Parking availability:
On-site parking is available at no extra cost.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Eagle River, WI
  Nearest city or town:  Rhinelander
  Nearest highway: Hwy 45
  Nearest airport:  Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport (RHI)
  From End of Program
  Location: Eagle River, WI
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Rhinelander

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required
Airport Car Rental
phone: 715-365-3430
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

N/A - Depends on time you keep the rental car
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

30 miles

   

Please contact the airport car rental well in advance (at least 2 weeks) to make sure they can meet your needs.

 

Rhinelander

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Eagle River Taxi
phone: 715-891-1212
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$50 per ride
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

30 miles

   

Due to the high cost of taxi service, we recommend contacting Trees For Tomorrow (TFT) for an airport shuttle. The exception would be if there are 2 people coming in to the airport, as the taxi service charge can be split between 2 people and is just as economical as the TFT shuttle. If you do wish to use a taxi, call them at least 2 weeks prior to arrival.

 

Rhinelander

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Trees For Tomorrow
phone: 715-479-6456
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$30
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 min 

 

Distance:

 

30 miles

   

Please contact the Trees For Tomorrow - Road Scholar Coordinator at least 2 weeks prior to arrival to ensure transportation.

 

Rhinelander

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Eagle River Taxi
phone: 715-891-1212
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$50 per ride
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

30 miles

   

Due to the high cost of taxi service, we recommend contacting Trees For Tomorrow (TFT) for an airport shuttle. The exception would be if there are 2 people coming in to the airport, as the taxi service charge can be split between 2 people and is just as economical as the TFT shuttle. If you do wish to use a taxi, call them at least 2 weeks prior to arrival.

 

Rhinelander

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Trees For Tomorrow
phone: 715-479-6456
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$30
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

30 miles

   

Please contact the Trees For Tomorrow - Road Scholar Coordinator at least 2 weeks prior to arrival to ensure transportation.

 
Driving Directions
  From The North Take Hwy 45 South to Eagle River. Once in Eagle River, find 3rd street or Silver Lake Rd. and head North to Sheridan Street. Trees for Tomorrow is located at 519 E. Sheridan St.
  From the East (Escanaba, MI) Take Hwy 70 West to Eagle River. Once in Eagle River, find 3rd street or Silver Lake Rd. and head North to Sheridan Street. Trees for Tomorrow is located at 519 E. Sheridan St.
  From the South (Appleton) Take Hwy 45 North to Eagle River. Once in Eagle River, find 3rd street or Silver Lake Rd. and head North to Sheridan Street. Trees for Tomorrow is located at 519 E. Sheridan St.
  From the West (Superior) Take Hwy 53 South to Hwy 70 East. Take Hwy 70 East to Eagle River. Once in Eagle River, find 3rd street or Silver Lake Rd. and head North to Sheridan Street. Trees for Tomorrow is located at 519 E. Sheridan St.
Equipment Requirements: All canoe equipment provided.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Check-in / Wine and Snack Social / Participant Introductions and Facilities Orientation
(Sunday, July 27)
   
 Afternoon: Arrival - Check in at the Education Hall from 3-4:30 PM. Participants will get a name tag and room key along with additional information.
 Dinner: Social & Dinner - We will meet each other while enjoying local wine and snacks. This is normally an excellent time to do participant introductions. Dinner to follow at 5:30 PM.
 Evening: Orientation - If not already completed, participants will introduce themselves. The Trees For Tomorrow staff will give an orientation to the facilities and run through the logistics and schedule for the week.
   
Accommodations: Lodge at Trees For Tomorrow
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Canoe Lessons / Hike at Star Lake / Bog Investigation
(Monday, July 28)

Note: Please note that we will be doing a larger educational component at the historic Star Lake Plantation.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:30 AM
 Morning: Canoe Instruction - Participants will learn the basics of canoeing. Parts of the canoe and paddle will be examined along with learning basic strokes such as: the forward & backward stroke, draw, pry, C-stroke, and J-stroke. We will canoe a local lake to develop or hone our paddling skills. While on the lake we'll practice paddling straight, play some games, and then go through a slalom course to work on turning. Most times we even have time to paddle around the lake and look at loons, various shoreline issues (esp. aquatic invasive species), and numerous other plants and animals.
 Lunch: Lunch at 12:00 PM
 Afternoon: Hike Star Lake - Located in the Northern Highland - American Legion State Forest, this beautiful hike alternates between forested landscapes and along the shore of Star Lake. We will also examine Wisconsin's first red pine plantation study. Started in 1913 with 2-year old tree seedings, the study has reached its 100 year mark. Concepts such as pruning and thinning were investigated over the years to see their effect on the amount and quality of timber. We will use some forestry tools that will help us see the amount of lumber in a tree!
 Dinner: Dinner at 5:30 PM
 Evening: Bog Investigation - Vilas County is home to over 1300 glacially created lakes. When conditions are right, certain plants begin to grow out into the lake. These plants form a dense root network that allow us to walk on them. The waterbed-like feel of a northern quaking bog is a memorable experience for many participants. While out there, we will examine the many unique plants that call this area home. The carnivorous pitcher plant, sphagnum moss, leatherleaf, labrador tea, black spruce and tamarack are some of the plants and trees we'll expect to see.
   
Accommodations: Lodge at Trees For Tomorrow
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Canoe and Hike Sylvania Wilderness / Public Program: Various Topics possible
(Tuesday, July 29)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:30 AM
 Morning: Canoe Sylvania Wilderness - The pristine waters of Sylvania Wilderness are special in that no motorized equipment is allowed, including motorboats. While exploring the peaceful lakes, we will discuss how the area became a wilderness, what it means to be a wilderness, and the rules in place to maintain the character of the area. Plants and animals will also be explored with Trees For Tomorrow naturalists guiding the way.
 Lunch: Sack Lunch at scenic Clark Lake about 12:30 PM
 Afternoon: Hike Sylvania Wilderness - After exploring the water of Sylvania, we will turn our focus to hiking among the old growth forest. Many of the yellow birch, eastern hemlock, and sugar maple trees are in excess of 200 years old. This climax forest community is special in that it is one of the few larger areas in northern Wisconsin that escaped the logging era of the late 1800s.
 Dinner: Dinner at 5:30 PM
 Evening: Public Program - Each summer, Trees For Tomorrow hosts a wide array of public programs on Tuesday evenings. Participants can go to this program or have the evening off. Past programs have included: loons, Wisconsin's elk, bears, loons, phenology, birds of prey, tree identification, fishing, and many others!
   
Accommodations: Lodge at Trees For Tomorrow
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Hike Luna & White Deer Lake / Canoe Baker Lake & Tamarack Flowage
(Wednesday, July 30)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:30 AM
 Morning: Hike Luna and White Deer Lake Loop - Located in the heart of the Nicolet National Forest, this beautiful 4-mile loop circumnavigates Luna and White-Deer Lake. A large percentage of the hike is right next to the water and there is no development around either lake. Trees For Tomorrow professional naturalists will point out local flora and fauna along the way.
 Lunch: Lunch at 12:00 PM
 Afternoon: Enjoy a free afternoon!
 Dinner: Dinner at 5:15 PM
 Evening: Canoe Baker Lake & Tamarack Flowage - Experience the still waters of Baker Lake in a canoe. Baker Lake is a beautiful lake with an island in the center and loons swimming and fishing its' waters. After navigating Baker Lake, we will paddle through a beautiful channel to Tamarack Flowage. Depending on wind conditions and time, we will paddle a portion of this lake as well. In the past, there have been bald eagles nesting on this lake. As day turns to night, we will have the chance to see sunset and possibly hear a barred owl!
   
Accommodations: Lodge at Trees For Tomorrow
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Hike the Escarpment Ridge or Big Carp River Trail (Lake of the Clouds) along with the Union Mine Interpretative Trail in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park / Dinner On Your Own & Free Evening
(Thursday, July 31)

Note: The Lake of the Clouds area hike will be the most physically demanding part of the week. Hiking (trekking) poles are often used to deal with hiking on the uneven, rocky terrain.



   
 Breakfast: Early breakfast at 6:30 AM
 Morning: Hike the Escarpment Ridge Trail or the Big Carp River Trail in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park - Many people consider the Escarpment to be one of the most difficult hikes in the area, but also the most beautiful. This 4.3-mile point to point hike will explore the amazing geology of the area and gives one a feel of hiking "out west" in the Midwest. For those still wanting amazing views, but an easier hike, we will have an alternate hike on the Big Carp River Trail which hikes along the same ridge but without as many climbs.
 Lunch: Sack lunch at the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park Visitor Center. They have great displays, a well done informational video about the geology and ecology of the park, gift shop, and flush toilets!
 Afternoon: Hike the Union Mine Interpretative Trail - The 1-mile hike features the Little Union gorge along with the well done interpretative signs that describe the history of the 1846 mine and living conditions in the area at that time. Copper mining was very important to this area and it is neat to see this history along such a scenic trail! Many participants have commented on how much they've enjoyed this hike. Well over half the trail is right next to 2 beautiful, small creeks.
 Dinner: Enjoy dinner and an evening on your own. Eagle River is a tourism-driven economy, so there are many excellent restaurants to choose from.
   
Accommodations: Lodge at Trees For Tomorrow
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Canoe Manitowish River / Stop at Little Bohemia Restaurant / Closing and Meet an Education Raptor (bird)
(Friday, August 1)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:30 AM.
 Morning: Canoe the Manitowish River - Paddling the clear water of the Manitowish River is a good opportunity to practice your turning skills. With a small gradient along the river, the 6-mile stretch we will paddle meanders back and forth quite a few times. However, around each bend is a new chance to see something different... common yellowthroats, alder flycatchers, green frogs, green herons, belted kingfishers, wood & painted turtles, muskrats, various waterfowl, and many other animals can be found on this beautiful river. The DNR has recently discussed altering water flows on an upstream dam in hopes of reestablishing a native population of sturgeon that has only been sustained with repeated stocking.
 Lunch: Lunch around 11:00 PM
 Afternoon: Visit Little Bohemia - A trip to Manitowish Waters is not complete without a stop at the old John Dillinger hangout. Little Bohemia was the site of a shootout between local authorities and the Dillinger gang. Old newspaper clippings, artifacts, and bullet holes have been preserved to provide a glimpse of history.
 Afternoon: Complete our canoe trip on the Manitowish River - The second half of our paddle changes from a more forested shoreline to a more open sedge meadow habitat type. The river also narrows down a little more and has even more turns. Sedge wrens normally escort you downriver along with some naturalist interpretation. Local author John Bates wrote a book that has very interesting historical and biological aspects of the river. We normally share some of his stories as we venture to the take out spot.
 Dinner: Dinner and wine at 5:30 PM
 Evening: -Closing - The TFT Road Scholar Coordinator will present a slideshow containing pictures from the participants' experiences during the week. Passports will also be stamped. At some point during the week, Road Scholar participants will oftentimes have the opportunity to meet one of the TFT education raptors (bird). We will talk about their story (why they are not releasable), adaptations that allow them to be efficient predators, life history, and ways we can help them.
   
Accommodations: Lodge at Trees For Tomorrow
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Depart
(Saturday, August 2)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:00 AM
 Morning: Departure by 9:00 AM. Please leave your room key and name tag in your room. Safe Travels!
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Eagle River, WI Downtown Stores
Located just a few blocks from downtown Eagle River, Wall Street has a variety of stores to explore.
  Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce
The Eagle River Chamber of Commerce is a short walk from "Trees" and has excellent resources. Phone number is 715-477-2205. For additional information, visit www.eagleriver.org
  Fishing, Golf, Tennis, Basketball
There are many places to fish in the Northwoods. Other relaxing recreational opportunities at parks may include tennis and basketball. Golf courses can also be found in the area. See "Trees" Coordinator for further details.
  Olson Memorial Library
The library has many resources to explore. Books, email access, and newpapers can all be found. Phone number is 715-479-8070.
  Trails
Wilderness areas along with other public lands surround Eagle River. See "Trees" Coordinator for maps and locations.
  Various Trails
Trees For Tomorrow is in the heart of many public lands. National Forests, State Forests, and County Forests provide abundant opportunities for biking and other recreational opportunities. See "Trees" Coordinator for maps and locations. There are both road and mountain bike trails available.
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Graced by the Seasons: Spring and Summer in the Northwoods


Author: John Bates and Terry Daulton (Illustrated)


Description: Graced by the Seasons: Spring and Summer serves as a "Volume 2" to A Northwoods Companion: Spring and Summer, and offers a detailed and fascinating picture of the orderly timing and progression of natural events written for people who want a deeper understanding of all of nature. The book is chock full of phenological highlights and is organized so the reader who wants to study nature's coming attractions or plan a northern vacation can anticipate what will be blooming, crawling, singing, migrating, or croaking in any particular month.



Trailside Botany


Author: John Bates and April Lehman (Illustrated)


Description: In Trailside Botany, you will find clear descriptions and detailed drawings of the 101 wildflowers, trees, and other plants that you are most likely to see along your favorite North Woods trail. Take your exploration a step further by trying the intriguing activities naturalist John Bates suggests throughout the book. This carry-along guide is a must for families, hikers, teachers, students and naturalists of all ages.





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