The amazing thing about kayaking is you don’t have to get wet. Because of this, you can really kayak from May to November in Northeast Wisconsin. As long as you dress accordingly. You can be yaking out to a hidden swim spot in the summer or enjoying fall colors in 40 degree weather. Whether you own your own ‘yaks or are in need of a rental (see rental options here) to get your day full of fun started, we’re here to tell you the endless options of local Oshkosh places to launch your kayak, and your day.
#1 – Miller’s Bay/Menominee Park
Both an option for rentals and an option for a launch; Miller’s Bay has it all! Opening up into gorgeous open water, your views are also to die for at this location. Kayak past the sailboats, around the edge of Menominee Park, under the park’s bridges, you name it – there is always something new to see on your trip. After your kayaking trip is done, head into the Menominee Park Zoo and get an ice cream treat.
Address: E. Irving Avenue & Siewert Avenue, Oshkosh, WI 54901
#2 – South Asylum Bay
Heading out of town and moving towards the “countryside” of North Oshkosh, there is a boat launch by Asylum Point Park and over by the lighthouse on South Asylum Bay. Plenty of open water, and some beautiful sights to see. Be sure to keep an eye out for the lighthouse along your journey if you launch over at Point Park – just around the bend and a truly historic sight!
Address: 4334, 4402 Sherman Rd, Oshkosh, WI 54901
#3 – North Asylum Bay
North Asylum Bay can be accessed from the public launch on . The launch is in a very quiet residential area. After walking down the gravel path to your destination, you are off on your own into Lake Winnebago. The lauch is near Fairview Beach if you’re looking for a quick stop along your trip. This area has a very open water feel as the bay is not protected by any land mass. You can see clear across the lake to the North, South, and East.
Address: 4950 Channel View Dr. Oshkosh, WI 54901
#4 – William A Steiger Park
If you have difficulty launching in your kayak, there an actual launch made for easy and safe entrance into the Fox River. Located right off Riverside Trail, this launch has easy access to downtown, dining, and UW-Oshkosh. You will love the big city/riverfront feel.
Address: N Campbell Rd, Oshkosh, WI 54902
#5 – Sawyer Creek
Dropping in at West Algoma Park, Sawyer Creek is a hidden gem for kayak lovers. Serene, residential, and leads to Red Arrow Park for a fun stop along the way. Sawyer Creek is peaceful and lined with trees to enjoy the changing colors of fall. You can even hit up Fox River Brewing Company on your trip where the Fox River meets Sawyer Creek. This is just East of West Algoma Park (take a left after you launch your kayak). Grab an appetizer or two – after all, you’ve earned it!
Address: 1320 Punhoqua Street, Oshkosh, Wisconsin 54902.
#6 – Lake Butte Des Morts
Pronounced Lake Bew-Ta-More, this launch is a boat ramp located at Edgewood Lane right between Shangri La Point and the bridge on the WIOUWASH Trail. This launch opens up into the beautiful Lake Butte Des Morts and is part of the Winnebago Pool. Also fed by the Fox River. Peaceful, beautiful, and allows you to really feel inserted in nature. I recommend taking a jaunt towards the WIOUWASH bridge and checking out the wild life in the protected shorelines.
Address: 2792 Edgewood Ln, Oshkosh, WI 54904
- Pioneer Drive Park: Located by the Menominee Nation Arena off of Lake Winnebago. There are plenty of little bays and streams that connect with Lake Winnebago between the park and TJ’s Harbor.
- Lake Butte Des Morts Boat & Kayak Launch in Omro
- Terrell’s Island: A fun, natural area located in Omro just West of Oshkosh. Perfect for a kayak ride, a hike, a picnic, or a coffee with a good friend. Relaxing and plenty of space to explore while out on the water.
Which location are you most excited to try first?!