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Paddle & Portage

Isthmus presents Madison’s favorite lake-to-land-to-lake race, now in its 40th year! Join us Saturday, June 15 at James Madison Park. Read more

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Why are those people running with canoes? It's the 35th annual edition of Isthmus Paddle & Portage! Read more

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Where in Madison can one see Teletubbies, superheroes, Rockford Peaches, lumberjacks and SpongeBob SquarePants all in one place? At Isthmus Paddle & Portage, of course! Read more

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A total of 806 participants in 417 watercraft participated in Isthmus Paddle & Portage on Saturday, July 20. Launching at James Madison Park for a loop in Lake Mendota, the teams proceeded to carry their canoes across the isthmus before hitting the w Read more

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Smurfs, Winnie the Pooh and Tigger too could be seen paddling on Madison's lakes and running across downtown with canoes over their heads on Saturday during the 34th annual Isthmus Paddle & Portage canoe race. The feat is no easy task. Read more

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It was hard to ignore the hundreds of canoe paddlers (and their fans) who took over downtown Madison for Paddle & Portage. We caught up with some of the teams that stood out from the crowd in one of the city's most unique events. Read more

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Hundreds of canoes conquered Lakes Mendota and Monona -- along with a decent chunk of downtown Madison -- Saturday. A lot of landlubbers crossed their paths and shared the experience on social media. Read more

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361 vessels managed to navigate Lakes Mendota and Monona Saturday, not to mention the treacherous mile-long portage across downtown Madison's isthmus in between. Here's how they finished. Read more

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It's almost time for one of the Mad City's maddest scenes. The 33rd annual Paddle & Portage will be held Saturday, July 21. "It is unique and very much fun," says Susan Schmitz, president of Downtown Madison Inc., which founded the event. "It takes p Read more

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