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 Main Street in Waterford. Turn right and follow Main Street west to N. River Street (first street on the west side of the bridge over the Fox River). Turn right at the Waterford Library. There is ample street parking and two parking lots.
From Burlington, take Highway 36 north to Main Street in Waterford. Turn left on Main Street. Follow Main Street west to N. River Street (first street on the west side of the bridge over the Fox River). Turn right at the Waterford Library. There is ample street parking and two parking lots.
From Racine, take Highway 20 to the intersection with Highway 36. Turn right on Highway 36 and go north to the next stoplight which is Main Street in. Turn left on Main Street. Follow Main Street west to N. River Street (first street on the west side of the bridge over the Fox River). Turn right at the Waterford Library. There is ample street parking and two parking lots.
From Mukwonago, take Highway 83 south into Waterford. Turn left at the Waterford Library onto N. River Street. There is ample street parking and two parking lots.
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.
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 is relatively small from a distance standpoint, 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:
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.