Posted by: csdailyblog | November 9, 2015

Helen Creek Exploration

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This past Sunday a group of students and staff took up the challenge of resident Voyageur and Teaching Fellow Eleva Potter and headed out to explore Wisconsin’s Northwoods in a pair of 29′ Langley canoes from Clipper Canoes. The original plan was to explore some of the big lakes on the Cisco Chain. However, the strong winds that day made a more sheltered route preferable so the group started at the Helen Creek boat landing located on Highway B, about 7 miles from Conserve School. The 400 lb canoes were carefully moved from the trailer and into the water of Helen Creek.

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After everyone assumed their Voyageur names and personas the journey began. The first portion was relatively easy following the wide and sheltered Helen Creek. Then the canoes crossed Helen Lake where the wind whipped the lake up into small white caps. Once across the lake the canoes moved into the smaller feeder stream and battled their way up the narrow and curvy route until they ran out of time and needed to head for home. The stream was so narrow, that the 29′ canoes had to travel backwards for most of the return trip to Helen Lake. Once back on the lake the competitive nature of the group kicked in and the two canoes raced back to the put in spot.

At the end of the day it is safe to say that a good time truly was had by all!

Conserve School provides a semester-long immersion for high school students in environmental studies and outdoor activities that deepens their love of nature, reinforces their commitment to conservation, and equips them to take meaningful action as environmental stewards. Thanks to the generosity of Conserve School’s friends and its founder James Lowenstine all accepted students receive significant scholarship support.

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