I Heart Wisconsin River Trip

The I Heart Wisconsin River Trip was an 18-day paddle from the source of the Wisconsin River to the confluence with the Mississippi in October 2015. As a positive response to the state’s budget cuts to natural resources, Ruth Oppedahl, Natural Resources Foundation executive director, decided to use her vacation exploring our state from north to south. Along the way she met with conservation groups and citizens and learned how they help protect our lands, waters and wildlife, discovering a beautiful, wild river, and dedicated people.

I Heart Wisconsin River Trip was Ruth’s effort to celebrate the state’s cherished outdoors and to inspire others to do what they can to help.

For those of us who couldn’t be there in person, Ruth sent in dispatches from the river, recording audio, video, and writing beautiful blog entries about her journey.

I Heart Wisconsin Presentations

Come out to hear Ruth talk about her trip in person! Upcoming dates are listed below and we’ll add new dates as we book them.

Would you like to book Ruth as a speaker? Contact us at [email protected] or (608) 409-3122.

Rhinelander, Wisconsin

Friday, May 3, 2019 at 1:00 PM
Pine Lake Town Hall
4197 River Road, Rhinelander, WI 54501

OutWiGo Girls!
Dousman, Wisconsin

Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 10:00AM to 4:00PM
Kettle Moraine State Forest (map)
35959 Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive, Dousman, WI 53188
Join Wisconsin State Parks for a day of adventure, learning and celebrating women in the outdoors. OutWiGo Girls is a special event set in Wisconsin’s beautiful Kettle Moraine State Forest – Southern Unit. From wildflower hikes, inspiring talks, bike rides, nature crafts and more, this day of fun is fit for OutWiGo Girls of all ages. Bring friends and family or fly solo as we celebrate Mother’s Day weekend with Mother Nature. This event is FREE and open to the public, however a Wisconsin State Parks vehicle admission sticker is required. Meet at Scuppernong Trail System parking lot off of Highway ZZ.

Planning your own Wisconsin River trip

Are you thinking about planning your own pilgrimage down the Wisconsin River? Ruth collected lots of great resources while doing her own trip planning and is happy to share them with you.