Canoeing Wisconsin's Northwoods
Canoe the lakes of Wisconsin’s Northwoods and visit historic sites as you investigate a quaking bog, and spot unique wildlife.
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Program No. 9700RJ
7 days
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At a Glance

Explore Wisconsin's breathtaking lake country by canoe. With more than 1,300 lakes, the glaciated landscape of Vilas County has much to offer water enthusiasts on this canoeing adventure. Take several day trips to paddle many of the area's pristine lakes and remote rivers, seeing bald eagles and loons along the way. Excursions will be led by professional naturalists.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
All skill levels welcome, beginners to experts, but please note: targeted towards beginner/intermediate canoers. Ability to participate in 3-5 hours of physical activity per day. Programming takes place at elevations of 1650 to 1850 feet.
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Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Paddle The Manitowish River, a locally famous area often described by renowned phenologist, John Bates. Investigate a northern quaking bog by walking out on the mat of floating vegetation and examining the unique plant life there. Learn canoe strokes such as backward, forward, draw, pry, rudder, sweep and J-stroke as you explore a low-traffic, six-mile stretch of the Upper Wisconsin River.

General Notes

Canoe locations include both lakes and rivers. Rivers are Class I paddles: slow/moderate flowing waters with bends but no riffles or whitewater.
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Cheryl Todea
Cheryl Todea has been at Trees For Tomorrow since 2000, where she has served as a teacher and naturalist. She was named operations manager in 2014, and previously held the interim executive director position. In addition to managing the overall operations of the organization, Cheryl is responsible for group programming and personnel management. Cheryl earned a degree in environmental education from University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point and worked previously for the Girl Scouts and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, birding, and knitting.
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