Looking for an adventure? Check out PaddleQuest, a paddling-based adventure with games and scavenger hunts that provide new challenges around every corner. Geared to all skill levels and ages, the event offers two days of fun in August, where canoeing meets Comic-Con (with a side of conservation). Some call it pirate LARPing while others call it an eco-adventure.
This event is in its 21st year, and it's even been featured in Rolling Stone magazine! Here's everything you need to know to play like a pro.
WHAT IS PADDLEQUEST?
Check out the video below for great insight into what fun opportunities PaddleQuest has to offer!
Register in advance.
Online registration is open through August 6th, however, space is limited! Complete early bird registration by July 1st to ensure a spot in this adventure! Registration is capped at 80 teams, so register as soon as possible!
Camping is available.
PaddleQuest partners with North Central Conservancy Trust to provide participants with a communal camping village at Bukolt Park. Those who register to camp will also receive two meals (Saturday night and Sunday morning) included in the camping registration price.
This is a team event.
Be sure to find a friend or two and work together to complete the quest. Co-ed teams of three will be in Class A, and teams of two will be in Class B. Registration fees are the same for each class.
Paddle equipment is not provided.
Don't own equipment? Not a problem! Canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards can be rented from local outfitters in the Stevens Point Area. PaddleQuest recommends reaching out to Northward Peddle and Paddle. You must have a life jacket in order to quest!
Looking for more options? Check out our guide to outdoor rental outfitters in the Stevens Point Area.
Pack the night before.
Bring a bag to keep your tokens and treasures secure. You will also want gloves, a hat, water, and snacks to help you power through your day. Not sure what you should bring? Check out PaddleQuest's mandatory and recommended gear.
Know the lay of the land.
Check out the map (below) from PaddleQuest 2021, to know where to go. This year the event will be hosted out of Bukolt Park, and the map highlights important spots to know - including sign-in, restrooms, parking, and launch areas.
Be prepared to ask questions and interact with others!
Always ask the staff (Heroes) for magic items and ask questions to ALL characters at a stop-- someone may have items or information you need!
The river is too big to spend time waiting in line.
If there are multiple teams ahead of you at any given stop, move on and come back later. This will help you advance in the game quicker. Look for wooden PQ signs for your place to queue up.
Just do your best, enjoy the quest, and have fun!
If you start to feel overwhelmed, just relax and explore! Remember, the goal is to celebrate and protect local waterways with games and adventure.
PaddleQuest partners with CREATE Portage County for the successful operation of this adventure.
Want more information?
Learn more details about the event on PaddleQuest's website. Then, watch PaddleQuest in action, with Mariah Haberman of Discover Wisconsin as she explores the event during the Wisconsin River Communities episode, featuring the Stevens Point Area.