Milwaukee Kayak Company – located in Jerry’s Docks & Boatyard
318 SOUTH Water Street Milwaukee,53204United States
Milwaukee or “gathering place by the water*” was built on a Great Lake – Lake Michigan. The Milwaukee Harbor welcomes vessels and other boaters to our great city. As they enter our Harbor, boaters have the option of exploring the KK River (south), the Menomonee River (west) and the Milwaukee River which winds through Downtown Milwaukee. The Milwaukee River extends many miles north… with a history that extends far beyond. We’re excited to share this history with you as we explore the Milwaukee River through Downtown Milwaukee.
Steve Schaffer, assistant archivist at the Milwaukee County Historical Society, will guide us through Downtown Milwaukee as we explore the Milwaukee River, its history, the famous names, buildings and bridges that made Milwaukee, MILWAUKEE.
We will launch from Milwaukee Kayak Company, located in the Harbor District, across from the Historic Third Ward. We will then kayak upriver through Downtown, turn around and stop at the Milwaukee County Historical Society located in Pere Marquette Park. We will exit our kayaks from a dock, take a break and short tour of the Historical Society before entering our kayaks and paddling back to Milwaukee Kayak Company. We will assist all paddlers wanting to exit and re-enter kayaks.
Space is limited and online pre-registration is required. These trips will be offered five different days this summer and all trips will be similar. We will paddle upriver as far as time allows before turning around.
Cost: • Cost: $35 per person; $20 will be donated back to the Milwaukee County Historical Society (MCHS)*
• Space is limited | online pre-registration required (choose your date)
*These history trips are organized through a partnership with Milwaukee Kayak Company and the Milwaukee County Historical Society. Tickets are $35 each and $20 of each ticket will be donated back to the Milwaukee County Historical Society.
What to bring:
• You! • Water bottle filled with water • Small coolers okay • Dress for the weather – consider bringing a windbreaker (do not wear jeans or heavy cotton) • Camera • ID
What to expect: We will paddle as a group. We will launch together, paddle upriver through downtown as time permits and then turn around and exit our kayaks at the Milwaukee County Historical Society located in Pere Marquette Park for a short break. We will enjoy lite snacks and beverages on our break while touring the Historical Society and viewing photos from the past. After our short break, we will return to our kayaks and paddle back to Milwaukee Kayak Company. Milwaukee Kayak Company will provide guides and will assist all kayakers when exiting and entering kayaks from the dock at Pere Marquette Park.
What we’ll provide: • Kayak
• Life jacket
• Dry-bag (we have a limited supply available)
• Water and sunscreen on-hand
• Snacks and beverages will be provided at the Historical Society during our break
• Safe and fun atmosphere
What to wear: • Lightweight clothing (do not wear jeans or heavy cotton)
• Sandals, flips or shoes with a thin sole
• Rain jacket/windbreaker
• Sunglasses and/or hat
What to expect:
We will paddle as a group. We will launch together, paddle upriver as time allows and then paddle back to our dock with a quick stop at the Historical Society. These trips will be safe, fun and educational. Staff from the Milwaukee County Historical Society and Milwaukee Kayak Company will paddle with the group.
Upon arrival: • We will check you in.
• We will outfit you with the proper kayak, life jacket and paddle.
• We will review introductions, information and rules of the river.
• Life jackets must be worn at all times when you’re near or on the river.
The name “Milwaukee” comes from an Algonquian word Millioke, meaning “Good”, “Beautiful” and “Pleasant Land” (cf. Potawatomi language minwaking, Ojibwe language ominowakiing) or “Gathering place [by the water]” (cf. Potawatomi language manwaking, Ojibwe language omaniwakiing)
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