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Catgut Paddle Hosted by City of La Crosse, Parks, Recreation & Forestry

“The City of La Crosse Parks, Recreation, & Forestry Department’s mission is to enrich our community through stewardship of the environment and through provision of quality recreation, facilities and fun.”

City of La Crosse Parks, Recreation and Forestry  has held other large-scale fundraising events which have grown and proven to be successful and sustainable and has decided it is time to hold a regional paddling event. Other previous annual events include Grandad Half Marathon (running race) and Hixon Forest Epic (mountain bike race). Each of these events highlight the natural beauty of La Crosse, Wisconsin’s rivers and bluffs while focusing on the area’s diverse recreational opportunities.

4-mile Fun Paddle Sponsored by J.F. Brennan

“Brennan is a Construction, Environmental Services, and Harbor Management company focused on providing quality services to both public and private owners of civil infrastructure for over 95 years. Our focus on safety and quality is unmatched in our industries, and our ability to innovate has enabled us to exceed expectations and routinely deliver greater value to our clients.”

Major Sponsor, Travel Wisconsin

Wisconsin has ample attractions and destinations for any traveler’s dream. Whether it’s a weekend getaway or a week-long trip come enjoy our Wisconsin Waterparks (indoor and outdoor), Bike Trails, Theaters, Shopping Malls, Fishing, Sporting Events, Canoeing and Kayaking, Food and Wine Tours, and a great Nightlife scene. From big events to scenic travel, get the latest on all things Wisconsin! Start planning your vacation today: www.travelwisconsin.com. In social media, tag your adventures #TravelWI

Major Sponsor, Midwest Family Broadcasting La Crosse

Major Sponsor, WXOW News 19

WXOW News19 is your home for News, Weather, and Sports. Watch Daybreak, Live at Five, The 6PM Report, The 10PM Report, and find us online at WXOW.com.

Guided Birding Paddle Sponsor, Explore La Crosse

La Crosse County attracts over two million visitors every year. The region’s stunning landscape comes with abundant recreational opportunities, from every imaginable water sport to hiking, biking, fishing, hunting and more. La Crosse County offers an excellent variety of shopping, dining, and hospitality options, and the area boasts a rich cultural scene for lovers of art, music and theatre. Perfect for a weekend visit or two-week vacation.

Event Sponsor, DigiCopy

DigiCopy’s mission is simple: to build long-term relationships. That’s what makes us stand out from conventional digital printers. We not only strive to provide fast, friendly, high quality print service, but also to cherish the relationships we have with our co-workers, customers and communities.

KidZone Sponsor, Mayo Clinic Health System


Mayo Clinic Health System brings all the knowledge and expertise of Mayo Clinic to you, close to where you live. From primary to specialized care, your local care team delivers expert, whole-person care so you get exactly the care you need, when you need it, close to home.

Event Sponsor, Island Outdoors

Island Outdoors has a 54-year history specializing in personalized customer service and product knowledge, equipping customers for outdoor Wisconsin activities from fishing to hunting to paddling. The shop is located right on the Black River, allowing customers to rent a canoe, kayak, paddleboard, water bike, and more and to put their rental or demo watercraft in the water right from the parking lot. The shop also features a selection of high quality outdoor and safety gear and apparel.

Entertainment Sponsor, Advertising Concepts

Discover your one-stop shop for quality promotional products when you visit our print shop in La Crosse, Wisconsin. In business for 30 years, Advertising Concepts specializes in creating a variety of custom products, including coffee mugs, decals, pens, and magnetic signs.

Event Sponsor, Coulee Parenting Connection

Coulee Parenting Connection is the tri-state region’s award-winning family publication, published six times annually, with an audited readership of over 25,000, distributed at more than 450 high-traffic locations visited by families throughout the region, including libraries, specialty shops, child care centers, family organizations, health facilities, and public and private elementary schools in Holmen, La Crosse, La Crescent, Onalaska, West Salem, Winona and Viroqua. Coulee Parenting Connection strives to improve family life for parents and children in the Coulee Region by providing relevant and meaningful coverage of local family stories, issues, and events in a high-quality, community-driven publication.

Event Sponsor, Phillips Fencing, Inc.

Phillips Fencing, Inc. represents a company with integrity, superior installation, and unsurpassed service.  We actively seek better ways to service our customers by helping them meet the changing needs for better and or different fence & deck products. Phillips Fencing, INC is proud to represent American made products and bring you the best America can offer. We’ve been serving the Tri-State area since 1975.

Event Sponsor, Moxie’s

Moxie’s has great American food in a pub style setting with additional fantastic outdoor seating that will overlook the Catgut Paddle 14-mile Canoe Kayak Race and the 4-mile Fun Paddle Sponsored by J.F. Brennan, and with docks right on the Black River, you can cruise up on your boat! Serving lunch and dinner, enjoy a cocktail while watching the river flow by. Comedy Night is always a big draw.

Event Sponsor, Yumbutter

We Make Mouth Rockin’, World-Changing Nut Butter. Our Go-Anywhere™ pouches are packed with the highest quality, sustainably sourced nuts and seeds to fuel your dream and everyday adventure. When you buy Yumbutter, you feed a child in need, through our Buy One | Feed One business model. As a certified B Corporation, we believe that business can be used to build a better world.

Paddler Sponsor, Xcel Energy

Xcel Energy provides the energy that powers millions of homes and businesses across eight Western and Midwestern states. With its Wisconsin headquarters in Eau Claire, Wis. the company is an industry leader in responsibly reducing carbon emissions and producing and delivering clean energy solutions from a variety of renewable sources at competitive prices.

Paddler Sponsor, The Big Event Company

Since our business started in 2000, The Big Event Company’s number one priority has remained the same – provide excellent customer service at every event! Whether your guest list is for 5 or 5,000, we will help make your occasion one everyone will be talking about!

Supporting Sponsor, State Bank Financial

State Bank Financial is a locally owned community bank that has been serving the region since 1858. Over the years State Bank Financial has earned the trust of families, communities and businesses and is known for providing financial solutions that help you achieve your dreams.

 Supporting Sponsor, Oktoberfest USA

Oktoberfest celebrates our community’s heritage through its spirit of “Gemütlichkeit.”  Over four days we welcome visitors from all over the world and showcase for them this great place we call home.  Through parades, special events, entertainment and our two festival grounds we create a reason to return year after year.

Supporting Sponsor, Kwik Trip

Kwik Trip/Kwik Star convenience stores offer superior products at low prices with locations throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota under the name Kwik Trip, and in northeast Iowa under the name Kwik Star.

Other sponsor info coming soon!

This event is only possible with generous donors. These sponsors care about outdoor recreation, our local waterways, family togetherness, and youth enrichment and we appreciate their contributions in our inaugural year of Catgut Paddle.

If you or your business would like to sponsor Catgut Paddle, email us by clicking here or call (608) 789-7533.