First Annual “Great Beaver Paddle Festival”

by Jim Dittmann
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By: Discover Dodge Tourism – Juneau, WI

The public is invited to participate in the First Annual “Great Beaver Paddle Festival” which will be held at Beaver Dam Lake on Saturday, July 30, 2016. The event will be held at Waterworks Park in Beaver Dam. The purpose of the event is to introduce kayak, canoe and stand up paddle board enthusiasts to Beaver Dam Lake as a great destination for paddling.

The Great Beaver Paddle Festival will be a day of free demos, clinics and water trail trips along with The 3 Mile Paddle. Free shuttle service will be running between the four parks involved in the festival and free parking will be available at all the locations. Live music and food concessions will give the event a festival atmosphere. There will also be free instructions on kayaking, canoeing and stand up paddle boarding offered throughout the day. The classes will be followed by free 30 minute equipment rentals for those that do not have their own. Slots for these instructions are limited so advance registration is suggested. For $25, participants can pre-register for The 3 Mile Paddle which includes a shirt, meal voucher and prizes. However, plenty of free activities are available.

Beaver Dam Lake is the 16th largest lake in Wisconsin and its 42 miles of shoreline offers a tremendous variety of scenic opportunities as well as great variety of waterfowl for birdwatchers and photographers. 

Paddlers prefer lakes that are not overrun with power boats and have multiple locations to launch and that is what is found here. There were six public launch sites and a new kayak dock and launch installed at Waterworks Park this past spring. Water trails on Beaver Dam Lake vary in length. Maps will be available the day of the event. 

Paddlers of all levels are invited to come and experience Beaver Dam Lake and participate in the Great Beaver Paddle Festival. For more information call 920-887- 4639 or visit or Registration forms and information on how to register for the clinics is available at

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