Scouts and Nonprofits Information
WRO is the “go to” source for religious groups, Scouts and nonprofit organizations around the Midwest when they’re considering offering a canoe
trip to their members. Whether it’s a single or multiday canoe/kayak rental or a fully outfitted guided trip for 2 or more days WRO brings experience and quality gear that can’t be found anywhere else.
We also understand that you can bring the groups! Getting folks on the water is what we do. Our attitude is the more people we can get on the water the better place the world will be.
Our special discounted Scout/Nonprofit rate is $35 per canoe or kayak, per day (minimum 5 boats). You will paddle the same high quality roylex Wenonah canoes as our other customers and will also get a more comfortable PFD to wear instead of the “Mae West” orange life vests, while supplies last. These heavily discounted rates are available only out of our Boscobel location (contact us regarding trips that end downriver from Boscobel).
Guided Trip Rates
Because we provide guided trips anywhere in the state of Wisconsin our guided trip rates vary based on destination and type of craft used, canoe or kayak.
A guided trip on the WI River, our most popular destination, is $50 per person, per day (our standard rate is $75/day). The average 2 day trip includes 3 meals (lunch, dinner and the following morning’s breakfast) and guide and costs $100 per person (there is a minimum group charge of $500/day so keeping your group above 10 people is to your advantage). We can provide trips for as many as 5-7 days based on your needs. As long as we have camping/lodging availability on the waterway you wish to paddle we’ll make it work.
Scout and NonProfit Frequently Asked Questions
o Can we have you plan and Guide the trip so all the troop has to do is show up with personnel gear? Yes. Our guided trips run $50 per person per day for Scouts (discounted from $75/person per day). So, a 3 day trip would be $150 per person and covers canoes, vests, paddles, 6 meals and guide.
o Can we have you plan the trip and have us show up with personnel gear and food? Yes, whether that’s with rentals or simply transport, we can give you help in planning out your trip. Scout rentals are $30/day plus a flat fee of $2/mile for transport (doing a 29 mile trip x $2 = $58, this covers the entire group, not per person).
o Can the troop do all the planning, use our equipment and only use you for shuttling between landings? Yes, we also do this. Because we have 2 locations and each handles this differently be sure you understand the proceedure to get you on the water as fast as possible. On the low end we charge $2/mile, on the high end we charge $2/mile for the first canoe plus $20 for each additional canoe. We can talk about this more when your plans firm up.
We give the general rule that folks will cover 3 MPH while on the river. Take the total number of hours you intend to paddle during your trip and multiply by 3 MPH and that will give us a good start as to where to put you in and take you out at. If you make more of an effort to paddle you can speed that up and if you don’t put your paddle in the water but to keep the boat out of the trees you’ll be a bit slower. Also, weather and winds can make a difference in progress. While there are those groups that do paddle their butts off the entire trip, most groups will not do more than 5 hours of actual on water time during a day of paddling. Between swimming, meals and lounging you’ll end up spending more time "enjoying" the river than actually paddling it.
In our opinion, that’s a great starting trip. While some folks can’t get out for anything more than an overnight we don’t think you start "hitting your stride" until you do a full day of paddling without having to jump in a car before or after paddling in the same day. 3 days/2 nights is perfect!
2 Day Trip Muscoda to Boscobel, 6 hour total paddle
Additional distances of 23, 29, 35, 47 and 60 mile trips available.
There’s a campground in the town of Muscoda if you decide to arrive the night before and camp at the campground.
Drop off people and gear at the put-in for the start of your trip.
Drivers continue down river to our shop in Boscobel
We’ll check your group in, sell you firewood and rental dry bags
We’ll then take the canoes and your drivers up river to the put in, if you can get to our shop at 9 AM you’ll be on our first vehicle up river.
Most Troops will put an hour between them and the boat landing before stopping for lunch and a swim.
Most groups will then paddle between 60-90 minutes between stops. Visit our Maps page for segment maps of the river.
Keep in mind that the last 5 or so miles before the Boscobel boat landing does not have suitable camping sites due to sand bar size and the road that parallels the river for the last 2.5 miles.
Roust and have breakfast.
Most groups are on the water by 9:30 AM and can generally hit the Boscobel boat landing before noon.
2 Day Trip Sauk City to Spring Green, 8 hour total paddle
A reminder, there is a nude beach 7 miles down river from Sauk City.
There is a campground across the street from our shop, Snuffy’s Campground if you’d like to come up the night before your trip starts.
Arrive at our shop, we open at 9 AM.
Check in with the office
Set up your pickup time for the end of your trip
Load canoes and hit the water
Lunch around noon on a sand bar
You’ll most likely do 60-90 minute stints of paddling, longer if the wind is blowing in order to cover ground
Set up camp for the night, on July and August weekends, the sooner the better on this stretch of river
Break camp after breakfast
Be at the boat landing 30 minutes before the pickup time you set up on Day 1 (1 PM, 3 PM or 5 PM)
We require a 100% deposit by check with your reservation.
You may cancel or reduce the number of canoes you need up to 7 days before your reservation for a full refund. Changes made within 7 days are give a same season paddle credit. Because we are offering you a discounted rate, any additional boats added within 7 days of your rental will be at the normal rate for that trip. We believe this will help for your planning as well as ours regarding staff and making sure we have your boats at the proper location for when you need them.
Please fill out and sign the Scout/NonProfit Rental Contract and mail it in with your check.
Where you park your cars will be based on which location you decide to paddle with:
In Boscobel you’ll take your group directly to your put in and drop off people and gear. The drivers will then get back in their vehicles and continue down river to our shop. We’ll then park your cars at the boat landing in Boscobel and drive the drivers and canoes back up river to your group. When you finish your trip in Boscobel your vehicles will be waiting for you to unload out of your canoes and into your vehicles and on your way home.
In Sauk City you’ll come directly to our shop. Because there’s a dam just up river from our location the only direction to head is down river. Prior to putting on the river you’ll arrange an afternoon pickup time with our staff. You cars will be parked in our parking lot. At your designated pickup you’ll load your gear into one of our vehicles and we’ll drive the entire group back up river to Sauk City where you’ll unload our of our vehicle and into your own.
I’m sorry, it isn’t. Our rentals are based on calendar days, not hours. A Saturday/Sunday rental is a 2 day rental and would be $65 per canoe.
We give the general rule that our customers will cover about 3 miles per hour while on the river (not relaxing on a sand bar…that’s ZERO miles per hour). To help decide how far to paddle and what put in and take out to use you should calculate how many hours you’d like to paddle over the entire number of days you’re paddling and multiply by 3 MPH. So if you’re looking to put in 8 hours of paddling over 2 days, multiply 8 hrs x 3 MPH = 24 miles. We can then make suggestions of what trip would best suit your needs.
You can purchase a license online at http://dnr.wi.gov/org/caer/cs/nonrestypes.asp.
Boscobel – Across the street from our shop in Boscobel is a bait shop/liquor store that you can purchase a license at.
Sauk City – There are a few options for bait and licenses in Sauk. Feel free to inquire when you arrive for your trip.