Adventure Education: Outpost

Upham Woods Outpost Adventure Trips

Did you know Upham Woods offers adventure education trips? For a small fee we’ll outfit your group with gear, food and expertise to experience the wild side of Upham Woods. We offer day trips as well as overnight adventures. Some options:

Package 1 – Devil’s Lake State Park: A less demanding Outpost perfect for participants who desire the amenities of a state park, such as flush toilets, showers, and drive-up loading/unloading. Group campsite maximum capacities are 20 and 30 people. The group campground is located approximately one half mile from the south shore area of the lake. The trail network of the east bluff is easily accessed across the road from the group campground. Some popular activities commonly enjoyed on the Devil’s Lake Outpost are: hiking, swimming, canoeing, half day hike to the park nature center and recreational activities on the south shore play fields. Drive time to the group campground from Upham Woods is about 35 minutes.

Outpost group at Devils Lake

Devil’s Lake State Park

Package 2 – Mirror Lake State Park: A less demanding Outpost perfect for participants who desire the amenities of a state park, such as flush toilets, showers, and easy vehicle loading/unloading. Group campsite maximum capacities are 20 people per site. The group campground is centrally located and in close proximity to hiking trails, swimming beach, canoe ramp, and play field. One of the best ways to enjoy the lake is by canoe. Some other popular activities commonly enjoyed on the Mirror Lake Outpost are: hiking, swimming and recreational activities on the play fields. Drive time to Mirror Lake State Park from Upham Woods is about 15 minutes.

Package 3 – Canoe Down the Wisconsin, Juneau County Park: This Outpost is a little bit more strenuous and a good introduction to adventure tripping. Participants will be required to walk up to one mile, portage equipment, paddle an overall distance of about 12 miles and utilize pit toilets or wilderness bathroom techniques. The customary way to start this Outpost is to transport the group by vehicle to Juneau County Park where they camp their first night. The next day the group walks one mile to the Two Rivers Boat Ramp to start the day of paddling. Drive time to Juneau County Park from Upham Woods is about 20 minutes. A suggested schedule:

1st day – arrive, orientation, swim/canoe tests, check-out supplies, drive to Juneau Co. Park
1st night at Juneau Co. park
2nd day – walk to Two Rivers Boat Ramp, canoe down Wisconsin River, lunch on river
2nd night at Blackhawk Island Outpost campsite
3rd day – (if 3-day trip) back to main camp, wash and check-in equipment, set up tents if damp
3rd night – (If 4-day trip) choice of 3rd night on Blackhawk Island or main camp
4th day – back to main camp, wash and check-in equipment, set up tents if damp

Canoes floating down the Wisconsin River

Float down the beautiful Wisconsin River

Package 4 – Canoe Down the Wisconsin, Two Rivers Adventure: This Outpost is the most strenuous and should only be chosen by a group eager for a challenge. Participants will be required to walk up to one mile, portage all equipment both nights, paddle an overall distance of about 20 miles and utilize pit toilets or wilderness bathroom techniques. This Outpost will start with a six mile paddle on the Lemonweir River. Drive time to the put-in spot on the Lemonweir from Upham is about 25 minutes. A suggested schedule:

1st day – arrive, orientation, swim/canoe tests, check-out supplies, 6 mile paddle on the Lemonweir River
1st night at Juneau Co. park
2nd day – canoe down Wisconsin river, lunch on river
2nd night at Blackhawk Island Outpost campsite
3rd day – (if 3-day trip) back to main camp, wash and check-in equipment, set up tents if damp
3rd night – (If 4-day trip) choice of 3rd night on Blackhawk Island or main camp
4th day – back to main camp, wash and check-in equipment, set up tents if damp

Package 5 – Blackhawk Island Base Camp Canoeing: A canoe-based Outpost that feels remote but is never far from main camp. Participants paddle from and back to main camp so vehicular transportation of participants is not needed. Participants will be required to portage equipment to the campsite and utilize wilderness bathroom techniques. This Outpost is easily combined with main camp accommodations, meals, and activities so it can be customized into a one, two or three night Outpost.

Group size is limited to 20-30 participants, depending on the adventure. We can transport canoes and gear but not participants. Interested in our Outpost trips?  Fill out an online application and associated Outpost Forms or feel free to call us at 608-254-6461 with any questions.

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