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Mad City Paddlers

Paddle Once,
Eat Twice

Welcome to the
Friendliest Paddle Club in Wisconsin

Mad City Paddlers, based in Madison, Wisconsin, is a club devoted to pursuing paddle sports of every sort. Members organize a wide variety of club trips for flat water canoeing and kayaking, sea kayaking, and whitewater paddling.

Become a Member Today!

Membership in Mad City Paddlers is open to anyone interested in canoeing or kayaking. Members receive a monthly newsletter. Go to the Join Us page to print and fill out the membership form completely, sign the waiver, and mail it with your dues payment to the address on the form.

Weekend Paddles

Weekend Paddles

Our typical paddling season consists of over 50 destinations for weekend trips, ranging from sea kayaking in the Apostle Islands, to whitewater paddling on the Bois Brule, to quiet water trips on rivers such as the Wisconsin, Mecan, and Sugar. More details about our weekend paddles can be found on the Events page.

Evening Summer Paddles

Evening Summer Paddles

Our club runs over 20 evening paddling trips open to most skill levels. We rotate the location of these evening trips between Cherokee Marsh, Starkweather Creek, Lake Mendota, Lake Wingra, Six Mile Creek, Token Creek, Maunesha River, and various other locations close to Madison. Our evening paddles are displayed with our weekend paddles on our Events page.

Monthly Meetings

Monthly Meetings

The club meets monthly--usually on the first Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm. After a potluck dinner, we usually have a program on some facet of paddling. During the winter months, meetings are held at Monona Community Center. In the warmer months we meet outside at Mendota County Park. Some members elect to paddle on Lake Mendota following the meeting. Check out the Events page for more details.

Keeping Waterways Clear

Keeping Our Waterways Clean & Clear

Many of our members volunteer to help keep our waterways clean and clear for paddling. Some of the organizations we help are Take a Stake in The Lake, Capitol Water Trails, and a smaller group within the club keeps Token Creek navigable for all paddlers.

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Wolf River Whitewater


Kickapoo River

Callie Rohr

Columbia Lake


Robinson Creek

Kickapoo River

La Crosse River