Bark River Paddle, July 11 – Fort Atkinson, WI

Bark River Paddle, July 11 – Fort Atkinson, WI

July 11, 2015 @ 9:30 am
Burnt Village Park
County Road A
Fort Atkinson, WI 53538

Bark River Paddle, 2014 (g)Fort Atkinson, WI – Join the Friends of Glacial Heritage Area on a family-friendly paddle down the Bark River on Saturday, July 11, followed by lunch at Cafe Carpe in Fort Atkinson,18 South Water St. West. Choose from specially-prepared fare or the full menu, ranging $6-10 (see full menu at per plate. The paddle is about 2-3 hours long, depending on water levels.

The launch site is Burnt Village Park (put in #48, County Hwy N) to Fort Atkinson Public Launch (take out #65, N. Water Street). See the free GHA Watertrails Map for put in/take out locations, which is available at, and 2Rivers Bicycle & Outdoor locations.

We ask that all paddlers be unloaded at Burnt Village Park and ready to shuttle vehicles at 9:15 AM so we can launch boats around 9:30 AM.  

This portion of the Bark River is a gentle, curving water route through maple woods and rolling Jefferson County countryside.  Bring your binoculars to spot birds along the way – an owl, egrets and many warblers were seen at last year’s paddle.

To rent a canoe or kayak for the trip, contact 2Rivers Bicycle & Outdoor, 33 Sherman Ave. West, Fort Atkinson, as soon as possible at 920-653-2222. If renting a boat, please be at 2Rivers before 9:15 AM on the day of the paddle.

Please contact if you plan to attend or with questions. We hope you can join us on this free group paddle to get outdoors and enjoy the GHA.

To accommodate paddling interests in the area, the Friends of GHA has organized the GHA Paddle Volunteer Corps to assist Jefferson County Parks Department in watertrail maintenance projects and to help organize group paddles throughout the area.  The Bark River Paddle on July 11 is part of this effort.

The Corps is open to all interested in helping out, and volunteers may choose to participate as little or as much as schedules permit.  Please contact Clare at or Kevin at to be added to the volunteer list and to learn about future group paddles organized both on weekends and weekdays.

The Friends of GHA is a nonprofit, volunteer group supporting the outdoors, recreation and communities in Greater Jefferson County. Through our parks, local trails, wildlife areas and watertrails, the GHA connects people to the natural beauty and outdoor recreation around them.