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.
The Village of Waterford is easy to reach from all directions. Highways 20 and 83 pass through the Village 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. Look for the signs directing you to Fox River Paddle Sports.
Highway 36 provides easy access from Milwaukee and Burlington.
From Milwaukee, take Highway 36 south to Highway D/Main Street in Rochester and turn right. Watch for the marked detour for Highways 20/83. Follow Main Street east to Front Street/Highway W (first street on the west side of the bridge over the Fox River). Turn right onto Front Street and follow it north until you arrive at the stoplight on Main Street in Waterford. Turn right onto Main Street and then turn left at the Waterford Library onto N. River Street.
From Burlington, take Highway 36 north to Highway D/Main Street in Rochester. Look for the marked detour for Highways 20/83. Turn left on Main Street. Turn right onto Front Street (the first street on the west side of the bridge over the Fox River) and follow it north until you arrive at the stoplight on Main Street in Waterford. Turn right onto Main Street and then turn left at the Waterford Library onto N. River Street.
From Racine, take Highway 20 to the intersection with Highway 36. Turn left on Highway 36 and go south to the next stoplight which is Main Street/Washing Ave in Rochester. Turn right at the Mobil Station. Follow Main Street east to Front Street (first street on the west side of the bridge over the Fox River). Turn right onto Front Street and follow it north until you arrive at the stoplight on Main Street in Waterford. Turn right onto Main Street and then turn left at the Waterford Library onto N. River Street.
From Mukwonago, take Highway 83 south into Waterford. Turn left at the Waterford Library onto N. River Street.
From Waukesha, it depends on where in Waukesha you live. If you are on the west side of Waukesha, it may be shorter to take Highway 83 south. Follow the same directions as people coming from Mukwonago. If you are on the east side of Waukesha, drive south on Racine Avenue to Wind Lake and turn south onto Highway 36. Follow the directions for those coming from Milwaukee.
From Kenosha and Northern Illinois, take I-94 north and exit at Highway 20 (exit #333). Then follow the directions for people coming from Racine.
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.
Utility work is being done on the Main Street in Waterford in 2018, but there is a very easy marked detour route through Rochester. If you are familiar with Waterford, you can still easily access the Municipal Parking Lot on 2nd Street. There are signs that will direct you to the parking lot from Milwaukee Street. You can see Fox River Paddle Sports directly across the river from this vantage.
Suggestions for Paddling Trips:
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, 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.