Wisconsin Canoe came about as a means for a couple of college kids to continue avoiding the real world (stay in the real world?) just a little bit longer. We’ve been guiding all kinds of trips for various organizations, most notably backpacking, canoeing, rock climbing, and mountain biking for the Wisconsin Hoofers. Then we started offering canoe rentals almost by accident in the Spring of 2010 after we bought a bunch of old canoes from some guy in Illinois. Since the purchase of those first ten canoes, weekend canoe trips on the Wisconsin River have booked up weeks in advance and have spurred us into expanding the fleet (36 boats for the 2011 season - now including kayaks).
Our early success has been attributed to the quality and all around awesomeness of our guides/drivers/customer service and many a late night email answered. In addition, we've brought things not often seen in the canoe rental world, things like the internet, and a website. Actually, we've been able to put together an online reservation system, and website features that let you see up to the minute river conditions or trip planning materials. There was also that time we gave out free t-shirts….people loved those.
People who might be driving your next shuttle or answering an email:
Matt “The Navigator” Kaufmann – Give this man a shovel and a five gallon bucket and he will build a trail like nobody’s business. Matt is a driving force in the Ice Age Trail trail building community operating as a crew leader for Wisconsin’s very own National Scenic Trail. And now that he’s just finished up his Geography degree from UW-Madison, he’ll probably finish the remaining few hundred miles single handedly while pointing to spots in the night sky with his other hand proclaiming Iridium Flare there in 30 seconds (and there will be).
Amy “Amy Cakes” Luck – Baking extraordinaire and the nicest person you will ever meet in your life. Plus she speaks French. When not collecting life jackets or greeting customers, Amy is working towards her dream of running a bakery, but more important than that, she has the uncanny ability to put up with Ryan for months on end.
Colleen “Never had a nickname” Anderson – Also with a degree (in Zoology, Biological Aspects of Conservation, and a certifcate in Environmental Studies) from UW-Madison, Colleen is probably the most reliable and committed of us all. If you need something and she can help, she’s there (which probably has something to do with her being a part of the Army National Guard). You can usually find her doing something sweet like kayaking, rock climbing, biking, or cleaning microscopes in the lab.
Ryan “Schmud” Schmudlach – Avoids anything resembling work like the plague. However, given his degree in Economics from UW-Madison, it was inevitable that he’d be put to use as the brains of the operation. Doing fancy things with spreadsheets is a secret passion for someone that chooses jobs based on dress codes and whether or not they will allow his shorts and homemade sandals through the door (business casual need not apply). Use our Spring Green online travel route planner to visit Wisconsin Canoe Company on your trip to Spring Green, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
Wisconsin Canoe Company Reviews
This is a trip no one forgets! We’ve gone 4 years now and won’t miss a summer! Excellent customer service, quickest responses ever! They make everything easy and the website has any and all info you..... more »
Great trip, and WCC was very organized and right on time. I have had experiences with other groups in the area, and you spend a lot of time waiting for them to get themselves organized. We arrived..... more »
We've been canoeing solely with Wisconsin Canoe Company on the Wisconsin river for over 4 years now - we even have a regular sand bar now. No reason to look anywhere else, honestly. Have had nothing but amazing experiences with their service and gear year after year, not to mention a trip that never gets old. If you're debating on which length of trip to go with, go as long as you can. If you've never really canoed before, start on the overnight or day trip; but if you've paddled before, definitely go on the 2-day. The further back you start from, the more jaw-droppingly gorgeous everything is.
We booked a canoe through Wisconsin Canoe Co this past weekend and had a fantastic experience. Everything ran very smoothly and was well organized. I edited some parts of the reservation after booking and they were very flexible and easy to work with. The shuttle to the take off point left exactly on time as promised which was really nice since we were in sort of a time schedule. All the equipment was great and was all ready for us when we arrived. My husband and I had a fantastic day canoeing the river. It was really nice that when we finished we were able to just leave the equipment by our cars and head out on our own schedule. We cannot wait book another trip next season!
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