"What is Whitewater?" weekend

Friday, Sep 17, 2021 - 5:30 pm through Sunday, Sep 19, 2021 - 10:00 pm

In Progress / Completed
Leaders: Caroline Rose
Joshua Faessler

Event Information


Meeting Times: 

Gear-up Thursday Sept 16 at 6:00pm, meet in the hallway outside the Hoofer office 

Leaving Friday Sept 17 at 5:30pm: meet at the north end of Park Street (Park Street Circle), between Memorial Union and HC White- the northwest corner of the terrace-- the road just upstairs from Hoofers. 




What is whitewater paddling all about? This trip intends to show you!

No prior experience necessary. No prerequisites needed. This trip is an "immersive" experience of a whitewater trip in the Outing Club. 

Those who are new to whitewater paddling with Hoofers will be rafting with a commercial rafting business. Participants who have prior experience with Hoofers and have attained the R2 rating may kayak or canoe. 

All camping together! 

Upon signup, please fill out the planning form (you will be directed to it when registering). 



Masks are required when riding in cars with other people. 

Otherwise, this trip is generally outside, and we will try to sit outside at the restaurant as well. 



I will be adding people from the placeholder posting (https://events.hooferouting.org/event/81219), and then will add afterwards as space allows. I am not using a waitlist because the website does not show participants whether they are on a waitlist or not.  

Please contact me if you have questions! cmr.rose@gmail.com 



Friday evening: drive to Hooferland (4 hours) 

Saturday morning: breakfast in camp, prepare for the river. 

Saturday noon: rafters meet at Kosir’s, and kayakers put on at Farm Dam Lane. https://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/River/view/river-detail/2305/main 


Saturday afternoon: rafting or paddling the Peshtigo River, ending at Kosir’s.   


Saturday evening: dinner in camp. 


Sunday morning: breakfast in camp, pack up tents. 


Sunday: drive to the Wolf River near Langlade, WI. Look at the river near Crab & Jacks, maybe paddle at Gilmore’s Mistake. 


Sunday at 3pm: late lunch at Bear Paw Pub (checked with Bear Paw, and they can accomodate our group at 3pm, not earlier). 


Sunday afternoon-evening: drive back to Madison. 


Plan to return around 9-10pm on Sunday.


Driving Locations: 

Memorial Union 


Hooferland, Silver Cliff, WI (https://goo.gl/maps/htRrdcvCC6N6ya8u8)  


Kosir’s Rapid Rafts 

W14073 County Road C

Silver Cliff, WI 54104


Peshtigo River, starting at Farm Dam Lane and ending at Kosir’s at County Road C  (https://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/River/view/river-detail/2305/main)  


Wolf River at “Gilmore’s Mistake” at Crab n’Jack’s (formerly Wild Wolf Inn) 

N2580 WI-55, White Lake, WI 54491 


Bear Paw Pub 

N3494 WI-55, White Lake, WI 54491 


Memorial Union 




Each rafter will pay $30 to Kosir’s.  


Gas costs will be split among all participants; estimated $20 per person. 


Group food costs will be split among the group; estimated $20-25 per person. 


No camping fees. 


Pizza costs will be split among all participants; estimated $5 per person. Anyone can order other items at the Pub on your own. 


Packing List for participants: 

Each person: 

Items with a star can be provided by Hoofers. 


Raincoat (it is likely to rain; it is in the forecast for Sat)


Tent *

Sleeping pad *

Sleeping Bag * 

Pillow (bring your own or use your clothing) 

Toiletries for overnight (toothbrush, etc.) 

Headlamp or other light 

Personal dishes* (bowl and spoon should work for just about anything; plate, fork, cup optional)


Change of clothing and shoes for paddling - something that can get wet. Plan on going for a swim; it’s likely to happen! I recommend long sleeves for sun protection. 


Wear footwear that will not fall off in the water!!!! Footwear is required on all trips. Shoes should be fastened securely to the foot and over the heel. No bare feet or loose fitting shoes will be allowed. An old pair of gym shoes is best.


Dry change of clothing (and dry shoes) for after the river.  

I recommend that you bring long pants and closed-toe shoes to wear in camp for protection from mosquitoes. Don’t leave any skin exposed on your feet / ankles, and you will have a much better time! 


Complete change of clothes for sleeping - bring layers if it’s forecast to be cold. To stay warm when camping, it’s best to reserve a change of completely dry clothing for sleeping only. 


Lunch food for Saturday 


Plastic bags for wet clothing 

Glasses strap if applicable 


Water bottle 




Event Type
Trip (off-site, ratings may be achieved)
Accommodation Information
Camping at Hooferland. Each participant will have a solo tent unless they are same household.
Driving or Travel Details
Memorial Union Friday night: Hooferland, Silver Cliff, WI (https://goo.gl/maps/htRrdcvCC6N6ya8u8) Saturday noon - afternoon: Kosir’s Rapid Rafts W14073 County Road C Silver Cliff, WI 54104 Peshtigo River, starting at Farm Dam Lane and ending at Kosir’s at County Road C (https://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/River/view/river-detail/2305/main) Saturday evening: Hooferland Sunday morning: Wolf River at “Gilmore’s Mistake” at Crab n’Jack’s (formerly Wild Wolf Inn) N2580 WI-55, White Lake, WI 54491 Sunday lunch: Bear Paw Pub N3494 WI-55, White Lake, WI 54491 Memorial Union Sunday evening
Food and Equipment Information
(not set)
Trip Cancellation, Reschedule, and Refund Information
(not set)
Trip Purpose/Goals
Teaching and learning about camping and whitewater paddling

Registration Count

Registrations Remaining
All Participants 8 5
Waiting List 0 3