| Most of the 300+ members
of the Wisconsin Sierra Club's River Touring Section (RTS) are
canoeists, both whitewater and quiet-water, but there are also a few
whitewater kayakers and sea-kayakers. All paddlers are welcome; at the
moment most of the club's activities focus on river canoeing. Our ages
range from 8 to 80.
We are not active in terms of meetings, since most of our
members are scattered throughout Wisconsin, with a few in Minnesota,
Michigan and Illinois. At our annual January meeting in Oconomowoc
...we schedule all the trips for the coming paddling season,
...we discuss issues of interest in Wisconsin such as hydro-dam
...we decide how to distribute the fees we charge for our white-water
...we have a wonderful pot-luck meal,
...we see slides, videos, pictures of recent trips our members have
You may join
RTS by coming on a trip with us or by getting in touch with the Section
Chair. We will put you on the RTS mailing list after you complete the
sign-up sheet that trip leaders pass around at the put-in for each
trip. And you will stay on the list so long as you paddle with us at
least one trip every other year. Members get advance notice of the
trips for the coming season and an invitation to the annual meeting.
There are no dues at this time. We encourage all those who paddle with
us to join the
National Sierra Club, but we don't check your card at the put-in.
That's all there is to becoming an RTS member.
There is no fee
for participating in RTS trips except for the two whitewater
clinics. However, for all RTS activities, participants must provide
their own gear, both for canoeing and camping as necessary. Trip
leaders have the responsibility of screening people who wish to go on
their trips, in terms of their skill level and experience. If you're
new to the group or are not known personally by the leader, you can
expect to be questioned about where you've canoed before, what kind of
boat you have, etc. This not meant to be an inquisition, but to assure
the safety of all participants in a particular trip.
members also plan private trips of their own, which are sometimes on
more difficult rivers. These trips are not RTS trips, are not
publicized, and are open only to people expressly
invited by the trip's organizers.
River Trip 2004