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Recognizing these 2020 Youth Riverway Champions for social distancing in the Lower Wisconsin Riverway.

Will and Katie enjoying the Wisconsin River around Sauk City… camping and fishing and enjoying everything the river has to offer. Camping on the river is a tradition passed down from their grandparents and one we all treasure and enjoy.

Will & Katie  -  Lux  -  Grant  -  Audrey  -  Dylan  -  Addy  -  Damien  -  Eleanor & Samantha  


Lux B, Age 10. My family paddled on the Wisconsin River last summer and we stopped to play on a sandbar island, but kept our life jackets on for safety. The weather was amazing, the water felt great, and we had a lot of snacks in our canoe, including our favorite "pickle chips." I love the Wisconsin River and can't wait for our next trip.


My name is Grant.kurek and I would like to apply for your Youth Riverway Champion Award.

I live near Gotham, and me and my Dad often walk the Gotham Jack Pine Barrens area of the Riverway. I like to look for interesting rocks while we hike. A couple months ago we were walking and saw a lot of old cans, glass and plastic on the beach.  On a weekend morning, we cleaned up two big garbage bags full of garbage.  We brought the bags home and threw them away in our

I had an idea of recycling the broken glass to make decorative stepping stones for my garden. I saved the glass in a bucket for this spring.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

-Grant Kurek


This is Audrey. Our first time out kayaking last summer. We very much enjoy the water. Audrey says “this is fun!, you can untie me now,” as we paddle down stream with a lovely host of people to help us along the way. What a fun day. A big thank you to Timm for encouraging all of us to get out on the water and have a good time!


My name is Dylan Rhyner, age 9. 

"I love it on the wisconsin river, we own a farm on the river.  I love all 4 seasons on the river. I love sunrises, camping on the sandbars, the eagles, swimming,kayaking, fishing and boating, and climbing the pretty bluffs.  I get to have loads of great experiences on the wisconsin river!


Addy Gruber, age 7.  She loves the Riverway, from small game hunting to dog training to swimming and canoeing and boating and fishing!  See her own words in the picture that she drew.


My name is Damien and I spent a weekend camping at the river with my Grandparents.  I fished and spent an afternoon in the water playing on tubes. The loaner lfe jacket at the boat launch was appreciated!!!

This year Eleanor and Samantha loved their adventure camping away from home on the giant sandbox island.  Thanks to FLOW, Eleanor also got her first try paddling her own boat!