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From: Village of Muscoda, WI
Price:$ 325
Duration: 3 days, 2 nights
Dates:
August 4 - 6, 2017


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Duration:
3 days, 2 nights
Activities:
Stand Up Paddle Boarding
Skill Rating:
1
From:
Village of Muscoda, WI
Price:
$ 325
Included: Guides, all SUP and group camping equipment, camping fees, and all meals while on the river.
Not Included: Personal camping gear (sleeping bag & pad), Transportation to/from Village of Muscoda, WI.

Join us on this First Ever adventure as we take SUP's down the Lower Wisconsin River Way. Enjoy great paddling and beautiful scenery as you move down the river past sandy islands and rocky shores. Just a few hours northwest of Chicago, the Wisconsin River is the ideal place to launch a Stand Up Paddle Board camping adventure.  If you are looking for a different way to spend your weekend then look no further.


Itinerary:

 

Day 1: The group and guides convene at the Village of Muscoda Campground where we talk over the schedule for the next two days, adjust gear as needed, and share some snacks around the campfire. 

Day 2: After breakfast we pack everything into our vehicles and head for the riverside. While one guide organizes a vehicle shuttle, the other will assist in loading all the necessary gear into the guide paddled canoe or straped to the deck of your SUP. While vehicles are being shuffled to the take out location the remaining guide will go over the SUP equipment and paddle techniques. Once all is set, we will launch and enjoy our paddle down the picturesque Lower Wisconsin River. Enjoy the flowing water and warm sun as you paddle, splash, and take in the sights and sounds of the river. We will take lunch on the banks of the river. Back on the water, we paddle until finding the perfect campsite on the sandy islands and banks that line the river.

Day 3: After enjoying a hearty breakfast, we break camp and jump back onto the SUP's for our last river miles. After a couple hours, we meet back up with the pre-shuttled vehicles. After unloading and sorting the gear, we will depart back to the Village of Muscoda Campground where the remaining vehicles are waiting and showers are available.

 

 

Clothing & Equipment:

All items should be packed into a dry bag.

  • 2 t-shirts (one that’s non-cotton)
  • 1 towel (small pack towels work great!)
  • 1 shirt, long sleeved synthetic (non-cotton)
  • 2 pairs of shorts (at least one non-cotton)
  • Sun/rain hat
  • 1 pair of fast drying synthetic long pants-no blue jeans
  • 1 light medium fleece jacket
  • 2 pairs of shoes/sandals-Tevas, booties, water shoes, light sneakers etc. all work very well. One pair to get wet. The other for camp.
  • 1 pair socks (non-cotton)
  • 1 pair synthetic long underwear (medium weight)
  • Bathing suit
  • Underwear
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants)
  • Clean change of clothing for the trip home (kept in a duffle or stuff sack in the car)
  • Toiletry kit (tooth brush, biodegradable soap and shampoo, face cream, personal medication, etc.)
  • Sunscreen and bug repellent
  • Sleeping bag (compact, 3-season)
  • Sleeping pad (Therma-rest)
  • Small flashlight, batteries and extra bulb (headlamps are preferred)
  • 2 Water bottles (1 liter each)
  • Sunglasses
  • Chums/Croakies (Keep those glasses on your head)
  • Fleece hat and gloves (depending on weather)
  • Ziploc storage bags (pack small items inside these; also good for packing out wet clothing)


Optional Equipment

  • Paddling gloves (can be any type of open fingered glove e.g. biking gloves, sailing gloves, etc)
  • Wetsuit (Can be rented from The Northwest Passage)
  • Bandanas (Can be used for head covering, washing up, etc)
  • Camera (waterproof container)
  • Reading material (waterproof case)
  • Paddling jacket
  • Compass
  • Crazy Creek or similar generic chair (highly recommended for camp use, gives great back support)
  • Entertainment (Harmonica, cards, games, etc)

 


What is special about this trip?
This is our first Stand Up Paddle board (SUP) Camping trip. The Lower Wisconsin is the best place to launch a trip like this. Colorfull bluffs, pristine water, wildlife, sandy islands, and simple living make this trup truly special.

How do I get there?
Our campsite and kayak launch are just northwest of Madison, WI on Highway 12. Upon registration a complete confimation packet will be sent including maps and directions. 

How and where will you meet me?
We will meet you at the Village of Muscoda Campground on Route 80 and the Lower Wisconsin river on the first evening. We will have tents set up and a trailer full of SUPs. Directions and contact information will be provide upon registration. 

How long will it take me to get there?
It takes about 3 - 4 hours to get there from the Chicago area.

Where should I stay overnight around there?
There are lots of places to stay in Baraboo (Devil’s Lake area) and Madison. If you plan on arriving early or staying late, give the office a call for a recommendation on a great place to stay.

What money should I take?
You will not need any money on the river, so just bring what you need for travel.

Do they take plastic there? Are there cash stations?"
They accept major credit cards in town where ATMs are readily available.


How much should I tip my guides?

Tipping is strongly encouraged. Within the travel industry "tipping" your guides is standard practice. The amount of tip depends on numerous factors and should start at 10% of your fees.


What's the weather like?

It’s usually around the mid 80s during the day and in the mid 60s at night.

What are the accommodations like?
We sleep in 2-person Eureka tents.

What do I need to bring?

We will send you a full quipment list upon registration.

Can I drink the water?
After we treat it with a filtration pump and tablets, yes. 

What's the food like?
Good and lots of it. We have hot breakfasts of oatmeal, eggs, bacon, sometimes pancakes, coffee, tea, the works. At lunch we have sandwiches (tuna salad, lunchmeat, peanut butter, summer sausage), hummus, trail mix, fruit, cookies, etc. Dinners are usually chicken fajitas, spaghetti with pesto sauce, jambalaya or Thai noodle dishes.
Please note that any dietary concerns should be shared prior to trip departure in order for the guide team to plan accordingly. 


What time zone will I be in?
All of Wisconsin is in the Central Time Zone.

How can people reach me in an emergency? Can I call home?
We carry our cell phones with us, but some stretches of river have spotty cell service. 

How much time do we spend traveling each day? How many miles? Do I have free time?
We paddle about 9 - 15 miles a day, but remember, that’s with the current. It’s not uncommon to cover 8 miles in less than two hours of really leisurely paddling.

What kind of equipment do you use?
We use a variety of plastic and fibeglass SUP's, sturdy Eureka tents, Coleman stoves, and Katadyn filters.

How many people are on this trip? How many guides? Who are the guides / what are their qualifications?
We usually take between 4 and 10 people on this trip. The guides are experienced SUP paddlers and outdoor professionals, who are certified in Wilderness First Aid.

How can I prepare physically for the trip? How much prior experience is needed?
No prior experience or physical preparation is necessary for this trip. If you like, you could take an introductory SUP lesson with us.