The original Fox River Paddle Sports is located in Village Hall Park directly behind the Waterford Village Hall at 123 N. River Street just steps from the public canoe/kayak launch below the dam. You are welcome to launch your own paddle craft or rent from us. Call 262-332-3777 for reservations or information.
Opening in May 2019, you can now also rent at Fox River Paddle Sports – Sportsman’s located behind Sportsman’s Resort on Wind Lake. The address for Sportsman’s Resort is 25313 W. Loomis Road, Wind Lake. Sportsman’s Resort has a private boat ramp and you can launch your own kayak for an additional launch fee. There is no additional fee for launching our rental boats. Call 262-332-3770 for reservations or information.
Both rental locations are easy to find with plenty of free parking available. Highway 36 provides easy access to Waterford and Wind Lake from Milwaukee and Burlington.
To get to Sportsman’s Resort, head east on Loomis Road for 3/4 mile from the stoplight on Hwy 36 in Wind Lake.
Highways 20 and 83 pass through the Village of Waterford crossing the Fox River just yards from Fox River Paddle Sports. Look for the Waterford Library at the northwest corner of the bridge on Main Street and turn north onto N. River Street.
Free parking is available in Village Hall Park and adjacent residential streets. The Municipal lot on N. 2nd Street is just a short walk across the Main Street Bridge from the Fox River Paddle Sports rental building.
There will be road construction in the Village of Waterford in 2019, but you will always be able to access Fox River Paddle Sports and the other businesses in the downtown area. Speed limits on Main Street are always under 30mph, and the area of construction covers a relatively small distance, so it shouldn’t seriously impact the amount of time it will take you to reach Fox River Paddle Sports. If you have any questions about directions or parking on the day of your visit, please give us a call at 262-332-3777.
Suggestions for Paddling Trips on the Fox River:
Fox River Paddle Sports is just a short carry from the public boat ramp above the dam in Huening Park. Beginners and SUP paddlers may prefer this area for paddling since it has very little river current to contend with. There are several nearby bays, inlets, and islands between the dam and Buena Lake which make for a pleasant novice-friendly paddling trip.
Heading downstream from the canoe/kayak launch, Whitford Park is just a 1.25-mile round trip making it an easy trip for families in canoes and kayaks, and for SUP paddlers looking for more challenge. You will be paddling upstream against a mild current on your return trip.
The Rochester dam is about 2.5 miles downstream and makes a good spot for a quick stretch and a snack before heading back upstream to Fox River Paddle Sports. If you have extra time and are looking to paddle a little farther, a side trip into the Wind Lake canal is well worth it.
Stronger, more experienced paddlers can head upstream towards Tichigan Lake and the Tichigan Wildlife Area which is about a 9 to 10-mile round trip from Fox River Paddle Sports depending on how closely you hug the shoreline and how far upstream you paddle.
Suggestions for Paddling on Wind Lake:
A trip all the way around the shores of Wind Lake can be as long as 6 miles depending on how closely you hug the shoreline. There are two large islands, as well as some natural cattail shorelines. Much of the lake is quite shallow and the water clarity is usually quite good so you may be able to spot fish, frogs, and muskrats. On a hot day, you can find shallow, sandy spots next to Grassy Island where you can hop out of your kayak and splash around for a bit.
From the launch at Sportsman’s Resort-Wind Lake, you can easily paddle over to the Wind Lake Canal and head north towards the outlet of Big Muskego Lake. There is a dam at Big Muskego Lake, so you can’t paddle into the lake from the canal. This is a good choice on windy days.
Grassy Island and the reedy eastern shore of Wind Lake are both a short distance from the launch. The eastern half of the lake provides some of the best habitat for bird watching. Look for swans, water fowl, Forster’s terns, red-winged blackbirds, and great blue herons.
Wood Island is an undeveloped island located along the western shore of Wind Lake and is another good spot for finding birds or spotting signs of beavers.