Fall Colors Beginner Whitewater Trip

Friday, Oct 11, 2019 - 5:00 pm through Sunday, Oct 13, 2019 - 8:00 pm

Leaders: Bryan Wathen
James Stahl
Required ratings:
R1, R1-C1 (Covered Canoe- Solo), R1-OC1 (Open Canoe- Solo), R1-OC2 (Open Canoe-Tandem ), R2, R2 - C1 (Covered Canoe- Solo), R2-OC1 (Open Canoe- Solo), R2-OC2 (Open Canoe- Tandem), R2p-OC2 (Open Canoe- Tandem), R3, R3-C1 (Covered Canoe- Solo), R3-OC1 (Open Canoe- Solo), R3-OC2 (Open Canoe- Tandem), R3p, R3p - C1 (Covered Canoe- Solo), R3p-OC1 (Open Canoe-Solo), R3p-OC2 (Open Canoe- Tandem), R4, R4 - C1 (Covered Canoe- Solo), R4-OC1 (Open Canoe- Solo), R4-OC2 (Open Canoe- Tandem), R4p, R4p - C1 (Covered Canoe- Solo), R4p-OC1 (Open Canoe- Solo), R4p-OC2 (Open Canoe- Tandem)

Event Information


Beginner Whitewater Kayaking: Fall Colors Edition

Paddling location:

Northeast Wisconsin


R1 rating earned during an Intro kayaking/canoeing lesson

Brief Description:

The Fall Colors Whitewater Trip is a Hoofers Tradition. As the trees turn color, the rivers rise again, a group of Hoofers will head up to the Wisconsin North Woods to sneak in those last few runs down some classic Wisconsin Whitewater Sections like the: Wolf, Pike, Red or Peshtigo before we are back to paddling in Swimming Pools 

We leave from the Memorial Union around 5 pm drive up to Hoofer Land Friday night, paddle Saturday and Sunday, then come home on Sunday Evening. Friday and Sunday's Dinners are purchased by you on the road, but the rest of the meals are provided. The cost of the trip will be about $40. Camping at Hooper land will require a tent as well as a warm sleeping bag. Cool weather outdoor clothing and gear is also important.


We will build upon basic skills taught in R1 lessons but in faster moving water and class II rapids. This trip will teach you river running skills and safe boating practices on class II rivers. This would include river safety, swimming in rapids, identifying river features and hazards, reading class II rapids, and running class II rapids using skills learned in Intro lesson.



This will cover food and fuel. Bring a few extra dollars for dinner on the way up on Friday and on the way back on Sunday


Friday Oct 11th

4pm - Meet at Memorial Union Boathouse

5pm- Depart Madison

Friday Night- Campout at Hooferland

Saturday and Sunday

Paddle beautiful NE Wis Rivers

Sunday Oct 13th

Return to Madison ~8pm

What to bring:

For the river:

Synthetic warm when wet layers, shoes that stay on while swimming, dry clothes to change into and a towel, small dry bag for lunch, water bottle.

Camping Gear:

Tent, sleeping bag, sleep pad, rain jacket, weather appropriate clothes, eating utensils and plate, headlamp, hygiene kit,    

Additional Info:

If you have a vehicle you can drive and transport passengers please let me know.

Trip Leader Contact:

Bryan Wathen (bawathen@wisc.edu)

Jay Stahl (jjstahl@uwalumni.com)


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