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Avon Bottoms Paddle

Sunday, April 29, 2018 
11 am - 4 pm 

Where: Along the Sugar River ending in Avon Bottoms. We will put in at the Clarence Bridge boat landing where Hwy 11 South crosses the river, just south of Brodhead. We will take out at the Sugar River boat launch on W. Beloit Newark Road in the Avon Bottoms Wildlife Area. Directions to the put in spot along with shuttling information will be provided as the event nears. 

Who: FREE and open to the public. Registration is required and space is limited. 

What: Groundswell Conservancy’s past president and expert paddler, Willi Van Haren, will lead a 2-3 hour paddle down the scenic, meandering bends of the Sugar River. This is a great stretch of the river with sandy beaches, a sandy gravel bottom, and an easy put in and take out. While generally an easy section of river, down trees can require some paddling skill to navigate. 

We will end in the Avon Bottoms Wildlife Area, a nearly 3,000 acre wildlife area stretching for seven miles along the Sugar River. Last year we puchased 50 acres of floodplain forest and frontage on the Sugar River, which fills in several gaps in county and state conservation land along S. Nelson Road. This was our third acquisition at Avon Bottoms (map), totaling 598 acres permanently protected since 2006. 

What to Bring: Everyone is responsible for bringing their own equipment: appropriate clothing, water, life jacket/PFD, paddles, and your canoe or kayak. 

Field trip subject to cancellation for poor weather or water conditions.  

Thank you to our sponsors of this event: 
CardnoSteep & Brew CoffeeStafford Rosenbaum LLP

**All spaces for the paddle have been filled.
Please email Heidi at if you would like to be added to a waitlist, should a spot open up.**

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