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June 15, 2017, 4:00 am

Milwaukee River History Tour w/ Milwaukee County Historical Society

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June 15, 2017, 4:00 am-7:30 am



June 15, 2017
4:00 am-7:30 am


Milwaukee Kayak Company – located in Jerry’s Docks & Boatyard
318 SOUTH Water Street
Milwaukee, 53204 United States
(414) 301-2240


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.

*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:
Water bottle filled with water
Small coolers okay
Dress for the weather – consider bringing a windbreaker (do not wear jeans or heavy cotton)
A headlamp or two (we have extras) for the evening trips only

What to expect:
We will paddle as a group. We will launch together, paddle upriver through downtown, turn around, dock up and exit our kayaks at the Milwaukee County Historical Society located in Pere Marquette Park, have snacks and drinks, view photos from years past, then 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. Light snacks will be provided.

Upon arrival:
• We will check you in.
• We will outfit you with the proper kayak, life jacket and paddle.
• We will go over introductions, information and rules of the river.
• Life jackets must be worn at all times when you’re near or on the river.

Please contact Beth @ Milwaukee Kayak Company
#(414) 301-2240
Email: info@milwaukeekayak.com

History Trip Dates & Times: (format for all trips is the same)
1) Thursday, June 15th @ 9am-12:30pm
2) Thursday, July 13th @ 5:30pm-8:30pm
3) Tuesday, July 25th @ 9am-12:30pm
4) Saturday, August 12th @ 8am-11:30am
5) Saturday, September 30th @ 8am-11:30am

*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)