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Paddle the Pinery – Grand opening event

August 26, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Paddle the Pinery!
🎉 Grand opening event for the Great Pinery Heritage Waterway and first annual paddle
🗓️ August 26th at 11am-3pm 🕚 – Rain or Shine
(Stay and hang out after the event as late as you’d like)
📍 Start and end at Wausau on Water (WOW) at 1300 N River Dr, Wausau, WI 54403
🎁 Free swag
🎟️ Free raffles
🍺 Free beer/soda ticket
🍦 Free ice cream
🍽️ Exclusive restaurant coupons for paddlers
— Convenient, beautiful Downtown Wausau location
— Playground, splash pad, bathrooms, bike rentals, and ice cream shop on site at Riverlife park adjacent to WOW
— Nearby restaurants, coffee, and downtown shopping
Set up your basecamp in Wausau and explore the area! Enjoy hiking, biking, swimming, food, an art museum and so much more! Learn more about the area at
🚗 Arrival and Parking
We’ll start taking registrations at 11am but you can arrive as early as 10am to drop off your kayak/canoe, park, and explore the Riverlife area. We’d like to space arrivals between 10-12 to avoid creating traffic.
🅿️ There will be several designated parking lots on the same street close to WOW. You will see “event parking” signs and volunteers at each parking lot. After dropping off your kayak/canoe at WOW, please park in one of the designated parking lots and walk back to WOW.
📝 Stop by the registration tent to register and pick up your swag bag
👥 Hang out and mingle until the Ribbon Cutting at 12:30pm
🛶 Get in line for the paddle. We’ll aim to start the paddle by 12:45pm (It’s about an hour round-trip.).
Raffles will take place at 3pm.
— Life jackets are required for all participants. You will not be allowed in the water without a life jacket on board. No life jackets will be available to rent on site, but there are several stores where you can pick one up if you forgot yours (Dunham Sports, Sportsman’s Warehouse, and Walmart are all in Rib Mountain a short drive away.)
— No alcohol is allowed on the water. Feel free to enjoy beverages at WOW after you complete the paddle.
More details and event schedule coming soon. Please check this page often for updates.
Please RSVP on this event page so we can better prepare and have enough bags for everyone. 🙂
We look forward to seeing everyone there!


August 26, 2023
11:00 am - 2:00 pm


Great Pinery Heritage Waterway

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