Outdoor Trips

June Trips & Activities:

Lakefront Bike Ride (Friday, June 22nd)

Date: Friday, June 22nd | 4pm – 6pm

Price: FREE for students!

Description: Biking on the lakefront is an amazing Milwaukee tradition! We will be providing a FREE ride along the lakefront at a casual pace. Our ride returns on the Oakleaf Trail on the Milwaukee River Parkway. Along the ride, we will point out some key destinations and try to expose riders to new ways to access the city. Bikes and helmets are provided OR you can bring your own if you’d like! Prior biking experience is necessary in order to participate. If you would like to arrange biking lessons, please contact Outdoor Pursuits for private lessons at 414-229-5513 at your convenience.

Hiking @ Door County (Saturday, June 23rd)

Date: Saturday, June 23rd | 8am – 6pm

Price: $20/Student

Description: We will spend this entire Saturday traveling to Door County and hiking some of the most scenic trails in the area. This trip provides a leisurely experience, but still holds an itinerary of scenic hikes and stops in Door County, Wisconsin. These trails are very accessible and no prior hiking experience is required. Note that we will also be providing a lunch for participants to enjoy together, on the trail. Space is limited, so please register as soon as possible.

Stand Up Paddleboard @ Lulu Lake (Saturday, June 30th)

Date: Saturday, June 30th | 9am – 4pm

Price: $20/Student

Description: We will be spending an entire day paddleboarding and hanging out at LuLu Lake. This watershed is said to be home to one of Wisconsin’s best natural areas, in terms of diversity of species and water quality. The lake rests in the Mukwonago River watershed, and provides a fantastic setting for learning how to Stand Up Paddleboard. This trip includes instruction on paddleboarding and a fairly relaxed itinerary, so come ready to enjoy some time on the water. We will also be providing a lunch, and no prior paddling experience is necessary.

July Trips & Activities:

Whitewater Rafting @ Menominee River (Saturday, July 7th)

Date: Saturday, July 7th | 9am – 9pm

Price: $40/Student

Description: Did you know there is amazing whitewater rafting in Wisconsin? That’s right! For this trip, we head three hours north to the Menominee River to go rafting with Kosir’s Rapid Rafts. This river is different than the one that we raft in the spring and fall semesters, due to water levels being better during the summer months. As with many of our outings, we only have twelve spots available on this trip. Plan to be traveling and rafting all day, and outdoor pursuits will provide a light breakfast and full lunch for this trip.

Hiking @ Devil's Lake (Saturday, July 14th)

Date: Saturday, July 14th | 9am – 4pm

Price: $20/Student

Description: Devil’s Lake State Park is easily some of the most rewarding hiking available in the state of Wisconsin! We always lead rock climbing trips to this location, but have received the request to lead a hiking trip focused on enjoying the other beautiful areas within the park. This is a fantastic opportunity to get to know other UWM students and to enjoy a beautiful day of hiking! We will be providing a “trail lunch” for this trip, also!

Sunset Sail on Lake Michigan (Friday, July 20th)

Date: Friday, July 20th | 6:30pm – 9pm

Price: $40/Student

Description: A sunset sailing trip on Lake Michigan is a surreal and somewhat magical experience! For this activity, we partner with a local sailing company to provide a cruise on a 38-foot yacht on the beautiful waters of Lake Michigan. Sailing at sunset in the summer provides a vibrant perspective on how special the Great Lakes are! We are required to limit the size of our groups to 6 persons due to the capacity of the sailboat. Please register as soon as possible to guarantee space is available.

Kayaking Downtown Milwaukee (Saturday, July 21st)

Date: Saturday, July 21st | 1pm-6pm

Price: $20/Student

Description: Kayaking under the skyscrapers of downtown is a unique and inspiring experience. Come join us for an afternoon paddle on the Milwaukee River with our helpful instructors. This will be a relaxed introduction to kayaking and will provide a flat water paddling experience for all skill levels and backgrounds. We will provide the necessary transportation and equipment, making your experience as enjoyable as possible!

Rock Climbing @ Devil's Lake (Saturday, July 28th)

Date: Saturday, July 28th | 6am – 6pm

Price: $40/Student

Description: This trip allows you to have a complete rock climbing experience! Whether or not you’ve climbed before, we have all of the resources that you will need to make this a fun and successful trip! We will leave in the morning and return prior to dinner. Breakfast and lunch are provided for this epic excursion! Come ready to engage and have fun on the rock. No prior rock climbing experience is necessary.

July Extended Trips:

Sea Kayaking the Apostle Islands (Monday, July 23rd - Friday, July 27th)

Date: Monday, July 23rd – Friday, July 27th

Price: $295/Student

Description: Explore remote, sandy beaches by kayak in the Apostle Islands! This trip is an opportunity to experience an iconic sea kayaking destination on Lake Superior. You will learn all of the necessary skills and safety techniques necessary to enjoy your time on the water, and no experience is required! We will be camping each night underneath the stars at primitive campsites on Lake Superior. The trip price includes transportation, camping, food, equipment, training, and certified guides

August Trips & Activities:

Stand Up Paddleboard @ Mauthe Lake (Saturday, August 4th)

Date: Saturday, August 4th | 9am – 4pm

Price: $20/Student

Description: Mauthe Lake is a scenic destination in the Northern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest. We will be traveling to this location to enjoy a day stand up paddleboarding and hanging out at the lake! For this trip, our instructors will provide some lessons on stand up paddleboard skills, followed by a scenic paddle on Mauthe Lake. We will also be providing a “shore lunch” for everyone on the trip. No prior paddleboard experience is required, but being comfortable on the water is helpful.

Whitewater Rafting @ Menominee River (Saturday, August 11th)

Date: Saturday, August 11th | 9am – 9pm

Price: $40/Student

Description: Did you know there is amazing whitewater rafting in Wisconsin? That’s right! For this trip, we head three hours north to the Menominee River to go rafting with Kosir’s Rapid Rafts. This river is different than the one that we raft in the spring and fall semesters, due to water levels being better during the summer months. As with many of our outings, we only have twelve spots available on this trip. Plan to be traveling and rafting all day, and outdoor pursuits will provide a light breakfast and full lunch for this trip.

Meteor Shower Night Hike (Saturday, August 11th)

Date: Saturday, August 11th | 9pm – Midnight

Price: $10/Student

Description: The peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower is this weekend! Come along for a hike to observation towers and through a nearby nature preserve, in order to enjoy the meteor shower. Pending clear skies and good weather, we will be able to spend some time observing the spectacular event. We will provide headlamps and the necessary transportation to get outside of city and away from light pollution.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How to Get to Outdoor Pursuits (MAP)

UW-Milwaukee Outdoor Pursuits

UWM University Recreation – Klotsche Center
3409 N Downer Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211
Room 131A     Phone: 414-229-5513

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I register for a trip?

Stop by the Outdoor Pursuits office room 131-A on the first floor of the Klotsche Center. You’ll need to fill out a waiver and medical form at that time. We will process your payment when you register and are able to receive cash, check, Visa or MasterCard (Sorry, no Amex or Discover.) Our hours of operation are 10AM-6PM, Monday thru Friday.

Who can go on OP trips? Can I bring my Aunt Mildred?!

At this time, only segregated-fee paying students enrolled in one or more UWM classes may participate in Outdoor Pursuits trips. If your aunt is a student here at UWM, we would love for her to join us on a trip!

I’ve never been climbing, hiking, paddling, camping! Can I participate? 

Outdoor Pursuits trips are awesome for beginners. We love finding that perfect level of challenge and support for folks who are new to the great outdoors. While many of our participants have some personal experience, we have plenty of first-timers too. The trip description will identify if prior experience is necessary.

What is included in my registration fee?

Unless otherwise specified…

  • Transportation
  • Instruction
  • Equipment
  • Park fees
  • Meals

Outdoor Pursuits will provide the individual and group gear needed for the discipline you’re participating in (i.e. paddling equipment, climbing gear, caving equipment). Outdoor Pursuits will also provide tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, a “camp kitchen” and a limited amount of outdoor apparel, such as rain gear.

Will I have to pay to rent gear for my trip?

Nope! Anything that we offer to rent that you need for your trip will be checked out to you for free.

What do I need to pack?

For most trips you’ll need to bring:

  • Appropriate clothing (determined by type of trip but we almost never allow cotton clothing)
  • Appropriate footwear (over-the-ankle hiking boots are required for backpacking trips)
  • A sturdy school size backpack at least 18 liters
  • Toiletries
  • Medications
  • Sunglasses, cap, sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • (2) Liter size water containers
  • Rain jacket and pants (limited quantities for check out)