Paddling & Kayaking Adventures in Beloit, WI
Paddling and kayaking in Beloit and the surrounding area is amazing! Beloit is halfway on the Rock River Trail and has beautiful landscape and wildlife— perfect for water sports. In addition, Beloit has access to Turtle Creek and the Rock River.
The Rock River Trail is a National Water Trail, and it also offers 10 other trails to discover! Winding its way through Wisconsin and Illinois, 11 scenic counties and 41 charming communities. The trail is also utilized to promote recreational use and areas of scenic and historic interest and significance.
Paddling and kayaking in Beloit with a Guide
Paddle Adventure Club
Located in Beloit
Paddle Adventure Club is created for people who enjoy relaxed recreational kayaking on the water or someone who wants to try kayaking! Bring your own kayak or rent one with a paddle and life jacket included. Some outings may include sunset paddles, full moon (decorate your boat with lights!) paddles, pub paddles and early morning paddles.
Sugar River Adventures
Located in Rockton
Sugar River Adventures can help you plan your group outing. Whether it’s a special occasion, team building activity, or group function they are here to make it a great adventure. You will have a blast on your individualized river tubing or kayaking event.
Welty Weeknight Paddle
1876 S Riverside Dr, Beloit, WI
Get some water time on the Rock River even if you don’t have a kayak, although you can always bring your own. The Welty Environmental Center has teamed up with Beloit College to offer free paddle nights two nights a month during the summer.
These limited evenings are intended for adults. There is no lifeguard and minimal instruction, so familiarity with kayaks and strong swimming skills are encouraged. Waivers are required before using any equipment (available at the Boathouse). Pre-registration is required. Click here to register.
Need a Launch for Your Own Kayak or Canoe?
Beloit has several great spots to launch your canoe in and around the city.
Nature at the Confluence (NATC)
Nature at the Confluence (NATC) is an outdoor urban ecology center dedicated to making the historic confluence of the Rock River and Turtle Creek in South Beloit a place of gathering, exploration, recreation, learning, and inspiration for people for all ages and abilities. There are trails for hiking, a spot to launch kayaks. In winter, they offer candle-lit hikes and snow shoe instruction events.
John Rose Canoe & Kayak Launch
136 West Grand Avenue, Beloit, WI 53511
Located in downtown Beloit, this riverfront canoe/kayak launch is in a convenient location to enter the Federally-recognized “Rock River National Water Trail.” The site has a small, landscaped river walk which is great for watching ducks and geese.
400 Winnebago Avenue, South Beloit, IL 61080
The South Beloit City Park Lake Victoria hours are 6 AM to dusk. There is a $6 daily launch fee for kayaks and canoes. Annual launch permits are available at South Beloit City Hall. Swimming and wading prohibited.
2767 East Trail Drive, Beloit, 53511
The park has a canoe and kayak launch just up the Turtle Creek River, a perfect place to paddle down through the Turtle Creek Floodplain Preservation and Park, which has idyllic scenery.
Turtle Creek- Sweet Allyn Park
7149 S. Co. Trunk Hwy Shopiere, WI 53511
Sweet Allyn Park in Turtle, WI has the best launch to view the Tiffany Bridge located one or two miles up the Turtle Creek River. Furthermore, the park has a softball diamond, playground equipment, picnic shelter, places to go fishing along the creek, and much more!
Ready to beat the heat and spend another glorious day at the river? Be sure to check out the listings above before you head out, have fun!
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