Waukesha, WI

Friends of Vernon Marsh

Vernon Marsh, Waukesha County, WI | est. 2008 ~ Education | Preservation | Restoration

Canoe/Kayak Trip on Mukwonago & Fox River (new route) with Friends of Mukwonago River

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Saturday June 8, 2019 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM

posted by Friends Of Vernon Marsh

Hello Paddler,

It's here! Saturday is our 2019 Canoe/Kayak Trip on the Mukwonago & Fox River. The response has been amazing. Here's what we're expecting based on registrations so far!

• 43 paddlers

• 7 canoes

• 2 stand-up paddleboards (SUP)

• 1 tandem kayak

• 25 kayaks

Wow! It's so rewarding to see so many people enjoying coming out to enjoy the Mukwonago and the Fox Rivers. We do these trips to get people out into the Vernon Marsh watershed. We're much more inclined to protect and treasure something we've experienced personally!

Please check the list below to make sure your name is on it if you are planning to join us. We don't want to leave anyone behind!

Here are all the final trip details. Please read carefully!


• Saturday, June 8, 2019 starting on the river at about 10:00 am to approximately 1:30 pm. Please arrive between 9:00 and 9:45.

• We will meet at the parking area on Holtz Parkway (Mukwonago Bypass). It's between Hwy 83 and Hwy ES on the Mukwonago River.

• A map of the Put-In location is attached. The circle identifies the Put-In location. The coordinates are; Holz Pkwy, Mukwonago, WI 53149, 42.860080, -88.314575

• Important Put-In Instructions: Please drive to the Put-In location on Holtz Drive and park in the unloading area where you can find space. Unload your kayak or canoe and carry it (don't forget all your accessories) to the staging area near the river. Then, as soon as possible, please drive your car to the alternative parking area. We will advise you as to where this is. If necessary we will shuttle you back to the Put-In area. We may have up to 40 watercraft at the river so it will be very busy and chaotic. We will launch DNR canoes and kayaks first and then personal canoes and kayaks after that. There will be help at the river to assist with launches. Remember, this is not a race.

At End of Trip

• Important New Take-Out Instructions: We have arranged for a shuttle service to take you back to your car after the trip. At Big Bend Village Park, exit the river and carry your watercraft over to the parking area. The shuttle service will start running at 1:30 pm and will drive between Big Bend Park and the Put-In Parking Area spot for about 2 hours. The shuttle should run pretty often, but there could be a short wait. The shuttle will leave when it is full and return as soon as it can safely do so. It's first come first serve. Your patience is be greatly appreciated. People only on the shuttle. When you get to your car you will need to drive back to the take-out location to pick up your watercraft and accessories.

Your Canoe or Kayak

• All participants must wear a Life Vest, so if you have one please bring it. If you have a spare and wouldn't mind lending it please bring it along.

• All DNR canoes and kayaks are accounted for. Please make sure your name is on the list below. Each DNR canoe will come with two paddles and two life vests, each kayak with a paddle and a life vest. Please bring your own Life Vest if you have one, as sizes can sometimes be an issue.

• If you have rented a canoe or kayak from PRS Watersports your watercraft will be waiting for you at the Put-In location and will be picked up at the Take-Out location.

• Please remember to keep paddles and life vests with your rented or DNR watercraft at the end of the trip to make it easier for pick-up.


• This year's trip will take us on the Mukwonago Fox River in Mukwonago to Big Bend Village Park. This is a very scenic route.

o The tour will not involve a portage, and will end at the take-out on Hwy L at Big Bend Village Park.

• This trip will take approximately 3-4 hours and will require mild to moderate physical activity in the form of paddling a kayak or canoe. There is no take-out spot along the route until we get to Big Bend Village Park.

• We will collect litter as we casually paddle the rivers. If you have some small plastic grocery bags please bring them. We will also supply them if you need one. Plastic grocery bags work well, for the type of litter that floats downstream. Just tie your bag to your canoe or kayak and fill it up with anything you see that doesn't belong in the river. We'll collect your bags of litter at the end of the trip.

What To Bring

• Sunscreen

• Insect repellent

• Filled Water bottle (very important)

• Hat with brim

• Sun glasses

• Energy bar(s) or snack

• Rain gear if necessary

• Water shoes or sneakers

• Small towel or sponge to dry things off, especially if using a kayak

• Small dry pack or waterproof bag for keys, phone, snacks, etc.

Weather: Forecast is sunny skies. High around 75 degrees. Winds will be from the east at 10 to 15 mph. If things change and bad weather moves in its important to know that this trip will take place rain or shine, except if there is thunder and lightning or a downpour expected. Call Allen at the number below if you are unsure the trip's status.

Other Information: We will be asking participants to sign a liability waiver this year on the morning of the event.

Cost: This event is free, however, we would love it if would take this opportunity to renew your membership or consider becoming a member of Friends of Vernon Marsh. We will have brochures available. Cash or checks are OK. You can renew or join the day of the event or later if you wish. Family memberships are $30 and individual memberships are $20. Friends of Mukwonago River will also be present if you are interested in learning more about them!

Thank you and looking forward to seeing you on Saturday!

Allen Stasiewski



DNR Canoes (6)

• Kathleen S & Kathleen S Son (1)

• Darlene K & Jan V (2)

• David S & Keira E (3)

• Erin K & Kasey K (4)

• Jamie K & Jamie K Friend (5)

• TBD (6)

DNR Kayaks (6)

• James S (1)

• Joann J (2)

• Tom S (3)

• David S (4)

• Catherine H (5)

• Lisa M (6)


• Wendy V & Grant V


• Jeff M

• Vickie M

Tandem Kayak

• Kathy E

• Bruce E


• Ken W

• Cindy W

• Allen S

• Wendy O

• Jay K

• Tom S Family

• Tom S Family

• Art B

• Jenny V

• Sue K

• Rob K

• Heather A

• Heather A Daughter

• Sharon H

• Jeanne K

• Patrick D

• Jack D

• Sandy F

• Robert H

• John S

• Paul W