2017 Paddling Adventures in Quetico and Wisconsin

Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy the wild Northwoods by canoe or on other outings offered by John Muir Chapter. In addition to outings to Quetico Provincial Park, an annual offering since 2004, we offer others in Wisconsin.

Our outings leaders are experienced veterans with Wilderness First Aid training and Sierra Club’s Outings Leadership Training approvals in addition to their own personal outings, life and leadership experiences. For candidate participants, no experience is required, but a friendly personality, positive attitude and good physical fitness are invaluable assets. 

Outings fees often include all group supplies, equipment, food and lodging - including park permits and taxesNot included are personal pre/post outings travel costs, passports, permits and fishing licenses.  You supply your personal camping gear and clothing.  Contact outings leaders for additional information about registration – including where to send your refundable deposit to reserve your spot.

All outing fees allow participants to offer support for the John Muir Chapter Outings Program and its ability to continue offering these outings annually.  Additional contributions to this fund are always welcome. 

Quetico Provincial Park Offerings

Spanning the international border between NE Minnesota and SW Ontario, this gem in the heart of North America, Quetico Provincial Park offers the largest expanse of wild, public access lands in the region. With over 2,000 lakes and almost 1.2 million acres of remote wilderness, Quetico offers travelers on its picturesque rivers and lakes a visual and personal encounter, all while navigating the rugged beauty of its towering rock cliffs, majestic waterfalls, and virgin pine and spruce forests.

Quetico Outing 1 – Christianson, Clear, and McDermott
July 28-August 6, 2017 (8 days, 7 nights; paddle/portage/camp)

Quetico Outing 2 – Brands and Karaskiewicz
August 11-20, 2017
(8 days, 7 nights; paddle/portage/camp)

Quetico Outing 3 – McDermott and Stahl
August 18-27, 2017 (8 days, 7 nights; paddle/portage/camp)

Other Wisconsin Outings

Women's  Namekagon River Trip
July 13-16, 2017 (4 days, 3 nights; women’s paddling trip)

Apostle Islands Adventure

  • Date: July 2-8  (3-6 days nights, participant preference; island camp/hike; optional sea-kayaking)
  • Leader: David Thomas  414-344-1044  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and  Tom Ryan  608-807-8245  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Outing Location: Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
  • Outing Cost:  $145 (2 nights) $170 (3 nights) $315 (all 5 nights) $110 Sea Kayak day adventure 
  • Trip will include 3-7 nights of camping (depending on your preferences). The full 7 night trip includes visits to four of the islands, two lighthouse tours and a day kayak trip to sea caves or inland estuary. Estimated cost: $200 (3 day) to $500 (7 days). Anyone interested in participating should email trip leaders. In celebration of the 2016 Centennial of the National Park Service, The John Muir Chapter sponsored this very successful outing in the Apostle Islands.  

Please be sure to check the JMC and Group websites for other outings as they get added.  Also, please take the opportunity to visit Canoecopia (March 10-12, 2017) at the Dane County Coliseum to stop by our booth and find out about all the other ways to get outdoors with the Sierra Club.  

Liability Waiver & Carpooling

While no experience is required, all participants must complete a medical history and canoe experience form, and then be approved by their outing leader before participating on any outing. Liability insurance coverage provided by Sierra Club for all participants. All forms are available for viewing by any prospective participant upon request.

In the interests of facilitating logistics for some outings, it is customary that participants make carpooling arrangements to the outing's starting point. Sierra Club outings insurance does not cover the time prior to, or following, the outing when crew may still travel together. Therefore, carpooling, ride sharing or similar activities are a private arrangement made among participants and not part of the offering.

CST 2087766-40. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California.