Canoe & Kayaking

The Driftless Region is known for its beautiful scenery. Take it all in on a canoe or kayak excursion!

Day 1:

9:00 – head over to Ellistone Canoe Rental in Rockland, Wisconsin to get everything you need to kayak or canoe including paddles and life jackets. (608) 343-5696, all trips scheduled by reservation only.

9:30 – start canoeing at Fishermans Park and finish at Amundson Park in Sparta.

11:30 – enjoy lunch at Ginny’s Cupboard. Have a memorable meal in the downtown historic district with locally sourced ingredients featuring a functioning 1957 soda fountain, one of only 12 in the state! (608) 269-6669.

1:00 – experience more of the calming beauty of the Driftless Region on horseback at Red Rock Riding Trails. See the unique “Redrock” and surrounding land that has been passed down for four generations! Give Kathie a call to make an appointment (608) 344-1359 or

4:30 – check into one of Sparta’s premier log cabin lodging at Justin Trails Resort (608) 269-4522 or Grapevine Log Cabins (608) 269-3619 or Pine View Campground (608) 388-3517.

5:00 – enjoy some Chicago-style pizza after a busy day at Slice of Chicago. (608) 269-2181.

7:30 – head over to the Cotter Pin in Leon just 5 miles south of Sparta and enjoy a variety of wines and craft beers (608) 487-8118.

Day 2:

8:00 – grab a coffee or refreshing smoothie before today’s excursion at Franklin Coffeehouse.

9:00 – experience the Kickapoo River on canoes and kayaks. Drive to Ontario, WI to rent canoes/kayaks/tubes from Titanic Canoe Rental, they will get you everything you need including paddles, life jackets, and shuttle service. (608) 337-4551.

1:00 – enjoy lunch at the Silent Outdoors Bar and Grill and try out their famous Buffalo and Elk Burgers! After your meal, try your hand at archery at the Silent Outdoors Archery Pro Shop, an archery retailer that includes an indoor 30 range, indoor techno video hunt, outdoor 3D range and more. (608) 269-2600.

5:00 – dinner at Club Oasis, enjoy a full menu and bar in a relaxing atmosphere! (608) 269-2644.

7:30 – finish your day with a sunset stroll across Sparta’s Unique Community Bridges, including the Beaver Creek Covered Bridge, Mary Morrows Bridge, the Pointe Covered Bridge, and the Ben Bikin’ Park Footbridge. Enjoy a glass of wine or bourbon from Cork and Barrel, also located downtown Sparta. (608) 487-9950.

Day 3:

8:00 – breakfast at Sparta Family Restuarant. With a variety of hearty breakfast options, there is something that everyone will enjoy! (608) 269-3500.

9:00 – enjoy a fun day in the outdoors at Fort McCoy. Rent paddleboats, canoes and kayaks or just go for a swim at their beach. Enjoy the biking and hiking trails or play some disc golf or mini golf!

1:00 – enjoy a casual, upscale lunch at Jakes Northwoods Restaurant on your way back from Fort McCoy. All their food is cooked to order with only the freshest ingredients. (608) 269-6464.


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