Waukesha, WI

Friends of Vernon Marsh

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

Events Calendar

Non-members may RSVP for an event however members receive preferential treatment if space is limited. Individual memberships are $20 and family memberships are $30.    Membership Application

Tentatively Saturday August 7, 2021.  8 am to 11 am  Trail Hike led by DNR

June 12, 2021  Friends of Vernon Marsh Fox River Paddle Day

Time:  Launch time is at 10:00 am.  We will actually start launching at 10 am and continue until   all watercraft are launched.  Assistance will be available. 
Route: The Fox River from Waukesha to Mukwonago through the Vernon Marsh.  See the attached map. The trip will take approximately 4-5 hours, depending on water levels, speed, etc.  Please plan accordingly.  There are no portages along this route.

Bring your own silent sport watercraft (canoe, kayak, SUP, other) or rent one.  All are welcome.  Unfortunately, we won't be providing any free canoes or kayaks this year.  If you don't have a watercraft we've included information from our favorite partner, Prs Watersports, below  If you rent from Jon, he will deliver and pick up your rental, and provide life vests and paddles.  It can't get much easier than that, and the price is very reasonable for a full day on the water.

Put-in Location:  We will be launching from a new location this year, Fox River County Park on Hwy H and Lawnsdale Rd. in Waukesha. Here's the address: W264 S4500 River Road, Waukesha, WI 53189  There's plenty of parking.  You will need a Waukesha County Park Pass to enter the park.  You can purchase a pass at the kiosk at the park entrance. A daily pass is $6 per car (cash or check)

Take-Out Location:  We'll be paddling the Fox River Park to the Vernon Marsh and then through the marsh to the Mukwonago River. At the Mukwonago River we will make a right turn and paddle a short distance upstream to the take-out on Holz Parkway in Mukwonago.

What to Bring:  Bring water, sun screen, camera, dry bag.  Dress for the weather, wear a hat, and water shoes.  Bring and wear a mask if using our arranged shuttle. This event will take place in light rain.  We will cancel the event if heavy rain, storms, or lightning are forecast.

Shuttling: Of course, when paddling rivers there's always the question of "How do I get back to my car?"  There is limited parking available at the take-out spot, so if you'd like, feel free to arrange your own shuttle.  However, we are working on providing free shuttle transportation from the take-out spot on Holz Parkway back to Fox River Park at regular intervals.  We're finalizing details right now so we'll let all participants know as more information is available.

Questions:  Call Allen Stasiewski at 414-507-8358 or email at astasiewsk@gmail.com.  This event is free but an RSVP is necessary.  Send RSVP, by responding to this email or call the number above.  We will need the names of all members in your party, a key contact email and/or phone number, and the expected number and type of watercraft you will be using or renting.

To rent watercraft, call Jon at 262-424-9805 or email PrsWatersports@gmail.com (mention Vernon Marsh Rentals).  Jon can help you decide what to rent based on your experience.
   5 - Old Town vapor 10's  ($30)
   2 - Lifetime Triton Angler sit on top fishing kayaks (275lb capacity) ($28)
   4 - Evoke sit on top ($28)
   1 - Old Town Loon 138 (larger older model) ($38)
   1 - Old Town Loon 126 ($38)
   5 - Ocean Kayak Nalu Paddleboard/Kayak hybrid ($34)

Tandems and canoes (all $45)
  4 Ocean Kayak Malibu 2  (425lb capacity)
  1 Old Town Heron Tandem fishing sit inside (500lb capacity)
  2 Old Town Discovery 133's (3 person)
  1 Old Town Discovery 133  (2 person)
Capacity of Watercraft 

  • Old Town (5) Vapor 10           capacity 1            325lbs
  • Old Town (1) Loon 138           capacity 1            380lbs
  • Old Town (1) Loon 126           capacity 1            450 lbs
  • Ocean Kayak (4) Malibu Tandem  capacity 1-2   425 lbs(sit on top)
  • Old Town (1) Heron Tandem  capacity 2            500 lbs 

Paddleboard/Kayak combos (stand up or sit on top):
  • Ocean Kayak (4) Nalu 11                    capacity 1     275lbs
  • Ocean Kayak (2) Nalu 12.5                 capacity 1     350lbs

  • Old Town (2) Discovery 133               capacity 3      800lbs
  • Old Town (1) Discovery 158               capacity 2      1150lbs