Spring Warm Up

In the interest of full disclosure, we're currently expecting ~5" of snow tomorrow, BUT, these past few days have had great weather. The first nice weekend of spring (because meteorological winter ended 4 days ago) is my 2nd favorite part of the offseason (tax season is first, don't ask) because the reservations start trickling in. And because I can breathe easier when I look at our dwindling savings account. Nothing like a shot of sun and above freezing temps to remind everyone that summer is coming! -Ryan

Think warm thoughts

Cabin fever must be setting in, phone calls and emails have started their annual winter jump as people start planning out summer canoe camping trips. Meanwhile, I'll be buried in tax documents and spreadsheets for the next few weeks (continuing on the last few weeks). Strangely enough, this is my favorite part of the offseason - it might be the cabin fever... -Ryan

Happy New Year!

I was reminded that we're officially 8 years old now! Wisconsin Canoe was officially incorporated on Jan 1, 2010. It's a little strange to think that this pet project wasn't expected to last more than a season or two. Going into our ninth year on the water I'm truly humbled by how well we've been received and that you all have kept us going (and growing!) for all of these years. Thanks for that! Ryan

We have gift certificates (and a free t-shirt)!

wisconsin canoe company t-shirtTis' the season. Need a gift for someone that's already looking forward to warmer weather? We have gift certificates! Plus, buy a gift certificate between now and Christmas and we'll send you a dry fit t-shirt (your choice on whether to gift it or keep it for yourself, I won't judge). Let us know if you have any questions! Ryan

Now taking reservations for 2018!

Our online system is now open for the 2018 season! There's no rush to book a trip, even the busiest weekends don't typically sell out until 3-4 weeks in advance, but if you like the piece of mind that comes with having the trip all set and ready to go, we're here for you! -Ryan

Last weekend of the year!

This is it, the end of the 2017 season! After a pretty rough start it's been going really well and this weekend is no exception. We're pushing sunny and highs in the upper 80s today through Saturday. Overnight Saturday it looks like we'll have a 50% chance of rain (less than .1") as a 'cold' front moves through giving you a break from the sun and a pleasant 75 degrees to paddle out in. It goes without saying that our dry weather means tons of sandbars out there. Ryan

Ideal fall weekend

We've got two weekends left and this one looks fantastic! Sunny and crisp with highs in the 70s and lows in the 40s. Plus it looks like we'll have the illusive east wind at our backs! Water levels continue to be great with tons of sand bars. Now that Labor Day Weekend is behind us river traffic will fall off substantially and you'll have no trouble finding a sandbar all to yourself.

Perfect end to summer

We're looking at the perfect end to the summer! Highs in the upper 70s/low 80s and no chance of rain through Labor Day. On top of that, water levels are ideal. If you haven't made it out yet this year and were hoping to, better hurry! After this we've only got two more weekends left. Ryan

Rain overnight Sunday but otherwise tons of sandbars

This late in the year we're seeing the usual late August water levels which means more sandbars than you'll know what to do with. The easterly winds play a little havoc with the Prairie Du Sac dam as the wind starts pushing the water around and the dam fights to keep those shifting water levels within a few inches of level. That means it's not unusual for the water levels on the river to go up 6" (or sometimes more) and then recede 6" (or more) in a 12 hour period. Basically, you should make sure your boat is pulled up at least a foot above water and keep an eye on river levels (the exact same things we always recommend you do). The weather forecast looks like Friday and Saturday will be great while a warm front moves in Saturday night kicking off some rain showers after midnight with a very small possibility of thunder/storms. Lots of clouds regardless. All in all, it could be way worse! Ryan

Behind the Boats

Ever wonder what life is like running a canoe company? Some people do. I've gotten questions ranging from "How many times have you been to the Boundary Waters?" (one) to "What do you do in the Winter?" (it depends) and my personal favorite "You must love paddling" (paddling is #4 on the list).