Wisconsin is full of water ways, especially in the northern half where the glaciers left the Dairy State pocked with hundreds of lakes! In the Fox Cities and the rest of Northeast Wisconsin, there are many beautiful, underutilized spots to break out a kayak or canoe and make some memories. If you are looking for some outdoor things to do in the Fox Valley or off the Lake Michigan shoreline, here are 10 awesome kayaking spots within 90 minutes of Green Bay.
Neenah Slough – Neenah
Don’t let the name fool you, the slough (pronounced slew) is a small offshoot of the Fox River just south of Doty Island. The slough features good fishing and views of parks, trees, and beautiful residential areas.
Daggets Creek – Omro
This creek flows between some natural habitat off the northeastern shore of Lake Butte Des Morts.
Campbell Creek – Oshkosh
Right along the Fox River between Butte Des Morts and Lake Winnebago is a small offshoot in a suburban area. Worth a look if you live in the area!
Miller’s Bay – Oshkosh
Miller’s Bay is off the shore of the beautiful Menominee Park. You can go to the Zoo and afterwards rent a kayak at the park.
Peshtigo River State Forest – Crivitz
Kayak on the Peshtigo River or in one of the lakes along the route. High Falls Reservoir is a great place to start and see some pristine wildlife, only 75 minutes from Green Bay.
Oconto’s Eagles Nest
Right where the Oconto River meets Green Bay, there is some nature areas set aside. There is also some eagles nests in plain view to witness.
Mink River – Ellison Bay
The Mink River is a beautiful, spring fed river that cuts through 2/3rds of the Door Peninsula and empties into Rowley’s Bay. Check out Door County Adventure Center for a tour or rental if you don’t have your own boat.
White Fish Dunes State Park – Jackson Port
Whitefish Dunes is right next door to the hugely popular Cave Point County Park. This shoreline hosts beautiful limestone cliffs and the white sand beach at Whitefish Dunes State Park. If the sun is out and you are lucky, you may be able to see some of the shipwrecks at the bottom of the bay.
Collins Marsh Wildlife Area
A pristine wetlands between Lake Winnebago and Lake Michigan, this wildlife area is a great place to get out on the water and see some biodiversity.
Richard J Drum State Forrest
Along the West Twin River which meets at the city of Two Rivers, WI, there is a state forest along the river that is waiting to be explored.
Fox River – Appleton, Kaukauna, Little Chute, Combined Locks
The Fox River is a long river winding from Appleton to Green Bay. Along the way are many locks, historic homes, and parks to see. There is a company that does tours of the Fox River Locks called Fox River Kayaking Company. Check them out!
These are just a few of the hundreds of kayaking spots in Northeast Wisconsin. Buy a kayak, rent a kayak or borrow a boat from a friend and check out one of these spots!