We will develop and hone our paddling skills during a morning out on the water. In the afternoon, we will explore a unique quaking bog!
Breakfast at 7:30 AM.
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, making turns, and turning on a dime in canes. Most times we even have time to paddle around the lake and look at loons, and other plants and animals. Make sure to bring your closed toed shoes for this activity!
Lunch at 12:00 PM Noon.
Bog Ecology & 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.
Dinner at 5:00 PM.
Canoe Baker Lake & Tamarack Flowage - We will be canoeing while the sun goes down, wind subsides, and temperature declines. Evening paddles on Baker Lake and Tamarack Flowage are rich in plant and animal life. Bald eagles, loons, beavers and others are breeding residents. Great blue herons, numerous ducks, and even barred owls are possible in this unique area of two lakes connected by a small river channel. This lake is truly a Northwoods gem. Be sure to bring your closed toed shoes for this activity!