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There’s many ways to learn, explore, experience nature and have fun at the Confluence Learning Center!

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Aug
26
Sat
Fur Traders River Run | South Beloit Centennial Paddle Trip @ Nature At The Confluence
Aug 26 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

The confluence of  Turtle Creek and the Rock River has been inhabited by humans for thousands of years, as fertile land and abundant resources made it a very desirable place to live. Native American Indians settled here, Fur Traders used the waters as a trade route. In the last 100 years, South Beloit has become a bustling community and in 2017 we’re celebrating South Beloit’s Centennial by offering a Centennial Paddle.

The Centennial Paddle is guided paddle trip on the Rock River, starting on Turtle Creek in South Beloit, and quickly entering the Rock River, enjoying a scenic paddle to Macktown Forest Preserve.

It’s a very popular trip offered by Rocktown Adventures. Sign up now to secure your spot!

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This six mile guided paddle traces the route fur traders used back in the day when the Rock River acted like a Commerce Highway. Enjoy the wooded scenery and wildlife on a leisurely paddle as you follow the Fur Traders route down to the Macktown Trading post, where a shuttle will be waiting to take you back to the launch site at Nature at the Confluence.  There is one portage required on this trip at the Rockton Dam.

The price for this experience is $50 and includes kayak, paddle, pfd, guide, shuttle, and a good time. Price is $20 for those that need a shuttle.  Reservations required! To sign up please give Rocktown Adventures a call at 815-636-9066 or click here to register.

Join on the paddle trip for free if you have your own boat and shuttle! 

Oct
14
Sat
Fall Paddle Trip – Rock River Fur Traders Run – Beloit to Macktown @ Nature At The Confluence
Oct 14 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Fur Traders River Run Rock River Nature At the Confluence South Beloit Illinois Wisconsin (8) (Custom)This is a very popular trip! Sign up now!

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This six mile guided paddle, which traces the route fur traders used back in the day when the Rock River acted like a Commerce Highway, will launch at 1pm. Enjoy the wooded scenery and wildlife on a leisurely paddle as you follow the Fur Traders route down to the Macktown Trading post, where a shuttle will be waiting to take you back to the launch site at Nature at the Confluence. You can expect to be back at the launch site around Noon. There is one portage required on this trip at the Rockton Dam.

The price for this experience is $50 and includes kayak, paddle, pfd, guide, shuttle, and a good time. Price is $20for those that have their own vessel. Trip is limited to 10 participants (we may be able to handle more but won’t know until we get closer to the event date) so don’t delay. To sign up please give Rocktown Adventures a call at 815-636-9066 or click here to register.

Jun
30
Sat
Cancelled Due To Flooding: Rock River Group Paddle Trip with Author Timothy Bauer @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Jun 30 @ 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Cancelled due to many reasons: High water, Our launch area has been under water for a week, and the health dept has an alert out for high e. coli on Turtle Creek where we launch.
We hope to reschedule this in September.

Nature At The Confluence invites you to join our free group paddle down the beautiful Rock River from South Beloit to Macktown Forest Preserve in Rockton. This 2-hour paddle trip highlights the 320-mile Rock River Trail and is a scenic paddling adventure you will truly enjoy! Paddle by Boney Island with the active eagle nest, and you’re sure to see other wildlife on this quiet and wooded paddle trip. We call this favorite paddle trip the “Fur Trader’s River Run” because it retraces the route fur traders Joseph Thibault and Stephan Mack would have used prior to 1835. Kayak rentals are available from Rocktown Adventures for $40 or $15 for Shuttle Only. You must reserve in advance by calling 815-636-9066.

Timothy Bauer, author of “Canoeing & Kayaking South Central Wisconsin: 60 Paddling Adventures Within 60 Miles of Madison” will be joining us on this trip (his first time exploring this section of the Rock River!). Timothy will use this trip to write a trip report for his popular website milespaddled.com

  • 12:30pm Unload kayaks & Arrange Shuttles | 1:00pm Group Launch
  • Meet & Greet and Q&A Program – We’ll gather at Nature At The Confluence after the paddle for a “Meet & Greet and Q&A” with Timothy. (approximately 3:30)
  • This trip is a fundraiser for the Rock River Trail. We are not charging a fee for this paddle, but we hope you’ll put a donation in the bucket after the trip!
  • Kayak rentals are available from Rocktown Adventures for $40 or $15 for Shuttle Only. You must reserve in advance by calling 815-636-9066
  • Participants will be required to sign a waiver form to join this trip.
  • Please arrange a shuttle in advance. Call Therese at 608-931-6895 if you need help shuttling. Rocktown Adventures has limited spots for shuttle for $15. You must reserve in advance by calling 815-636-9066
  • We’ll have Tim’s books available for purchase and he will gladly autograph your book.

About author Timothy Bauer – Water-lover and river-enthusiast, Timothy’s been paddling around Wisconsin and the neighboring states since 2008. Always eager to explore the obscure, especially those hidden in plain sight in our back yards, he’s got a lot of wanderlust for secret places and memorable escapes (though sometimes that wanderlust gets him lost at night or capsized in winter weather whitewater).  He first got into paddling to impress a girl, and it’s been a love affair since (well, paddling; the girl, alas, was not meant to be). When not already on the water, Timothy is poring over maps to plan out his next trip, sometimes alone, sometimes with friends, sometimes in a solo canoe with his Boston Terrier.

Registration is closed. We’ve reached the number of people that we can accomodate.

 

 

 

 

 

Jul
29
Sun
Paddle Trip – Rock River Fur Traders Run – Downtown Beloit to Macktown @ John Rose Canoe Launch - Downtown Beloit
Jul 29 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Fur Traders River Run Rock River Nature At the Confluence South Beloit Illinois Wisconsin (8) (Custom)Please note: Due to flood damage at Nature At The Confluence landing, Rocktown Adventures will be using the John Rose Canoe Launch in downtown Beloit for this paddle. 

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This six mile guided paddle, which traces the route fur traders used back in the day when the Rock River acted like a Commerce Highway, will launch at 9:00 AM. Enjoy the wooded scenery and wildlife on a leisurely paddle as you follow the Fur Traders route down to the Macktown Trading post, where a shuttle will be waiting to take you back to the launch site at Nature at the Confluence. You can expect to be back at the launch site around Noon. There is one portage required on this trip at the Rockton Dam.

The price for this experience is $50 and includes kayak, paddle, pfd, guide, shuttle, and a good time. Price is $20 for those that have their own vessel. Trip is limited to 10 participants (we may be able to handle more but won’t know until we get closer to the event date) so don’t delay. To sign up please give Rocktown Adventures a call at 815-636-9066 or click here to register.