Paddle the Backwaters
Join us for our second annual paddle tour of the Onalaska Canoe Trail on the north side of Brice Prairie at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 23rd, 2018. This “Linked to the Land” event is sponsored by Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare of La Crosse.
The Onalaska Canoe Trail was opened in 2016 through funding from the Onalaska Tourism Commission. The tour, guided by staff from the Upper Mississippi River National Fish & Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center and volunteers, will navigate through the backwaters of the Black River where paddlers can enjoy a leisurely canoe tour through the scenic backwaters. Stops along the way will allow viewing of wildlife and river bluffs from the water.
Canoes and kayaks will launch from Lytles Landing and paddle to Fred Funk Landing, for a total of 4.3 miles. The Conservancy will provide 6 canoes, equipment and life jackets to borrow via pre-registration; registration will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. All paddlers are asked to pre-register by June 15th to allow coordinators to best plan for event logistics and group safety.
If you have your own canoe or kayak, please plan to drop it off at Lytles Landing by 9:30 a.m. and then bring your vehicle back to Fred Funk Boat Landing. All paddlers should plan to be at Fred Funk Boat Landing between 8:30 – 9:45 a.m. to catch a free shuttle to Lytles Landing.
Please RSVP to Kathy Frise-Groth at 608-784-3606 ext. 6 or email at [email protected].
What to bring: Hat, sunscreen, shoes that will get wet. If you plan to paddle your own canoe or kayak, please bring and wear your own personal floatation device (PFD/life jacket).
From La Crosse follow Hwy 53 north to exit OT. Take OT into Midway, turn left at stop sign and follow ZN to Z. Take a right at stop sign and follow Z to Lytles Landing. From Lytles Landing follow Z and turn right on ZB and follow ZB to Fred Funk Landing.