Where to Stand Up Paddleboard in Wisco

A new book will show you the hidden spots you won't want to miss

The world doesn’t need one more stand up paddleboarding how-to book.

As interest in the sport—a cross between surfing and kayaking—has spread inland from the west coast, instructional books have followed. Topics like gear and paddling techniques have been well covered.

Ben Shaw wanted to offer something different: a where-to. What better Midwest destination for SUPers than Wisconsin?

Wisconsin Statewide Guide to Stand Up Paddleboarding (Trails Books/Big Earth Publishing, $22.95) explores fifty SUP destinations across the Badger State, from Lake Wingra to the Turtle Flambeau Flowage to the Milwaukee River. 

Shaw has personally SUPed them all. Each entry has information about local boat launches, scenery, camping and highway routes, plus a Google Maps QR code. Shaw suggests weekend and weeklong tours. He couldn’t resist a bit of fun how-to on SUPing with your dog.

Shaw hopes to write more Midwest SUP guides; Michigan may be next.

Karyn Saemann is a Madison-based freelance editor and book reviewer.

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