9700
Wisconsin

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
Length
7 days
Starts at
729

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.
Small Group
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

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a value-priced single room. Canoe locations include both lakes and rivers. Rivers are Class I paddles: slow/moderate flowing waters with bends but no riffles or whitewater.
Featured Expert
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Todd Starling
Todd joined Trees For Tomorrow in January 2018. From Delisle, Saskatchewan, he studied natural resource technologies in Fort Smith, Northwest Territories and worked as a park interpreter in Wood Buffalo National Park. He later studied environmental science at The University of Lethbridge, then was a naturalist intern at the Audubon Center of the North Woods in Sandstone, Minnesota. He then spent six years at Fort William Historical Park in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Todd and his family moved to Northern Wisconsin in 2017.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Vern Gentele
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Todd Starling
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Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
River Life
by John Bates and Terry Daulton (Illustrated)
Rivers are sacred places that resonate with sounds, smells, sensations, mysteries and beauty. River Life takes you on a guided exploration of the Manitowish River, a small river in northern Wisconsin. Packed with information, River Life examines current ecological studies, probes fur trader journals and archaeological surveys, and explores the author's personal observations to vividly describe the life of a northern river. Richly designed with 125 illustrations, diagrams, maps and tables, River Life introduces the science of stream ecology and brings it into the language and vision of the layperson. Canoeists, kayakers, birders, plant enthusiasts and all nature lovers will find this book thoroughly pleasurable and educational.
Graced by the Seasons: Spring and Summer in the Northwoods
by John Bates and Terry Daulton (Illustrated)
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.





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