SAVE THE DATE: Hooferpalooza: May 7-10, 2015! sticky icon

We'll continue the tradition of reuniting our Hoofer Outing Club paddling community (both current and past) every 5 years for a weekend of friendship and fun in northern Wisconsin!

Fall Colors 2014 sticky icon

General signup will begin at the regular meeting on September 23rd or at the Outdoor UW (OPO) office afterwards. Please bring $40 to pay for camping, transportation, and food! Before the trip, you must take a canoe lake lesson with the club if you haven't already (and maybe a swim test? TBD). Keep an eye out for lake lessons on the calendar!

Join Us Every Tuesday! sticky icon

Come join us on Tuesday nights at 7PM in the Mendota Lounge* to learn more about various activities the club offers and upcoming events!  Meetings are open to anyone, not just club members! We have a mix of instructional, informational, social and activity-oriented presentations that you can check out on our calendar.  After each meeting you can join us for climbing, broomball, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, or just food and beverages depending on the season. Not to mention its a great way to meet other people who have a passion for the outdoors and start planning your next adventure!   *The Mendota Lounge is located along the Memorial Union Lakefront between the terrace and the sailing piers.  Due to ongoing renovations it can be accessed only from along the lakeshore.

Welcome!! sticky icon

Welcome! The Hoofer Outing Club is one of six Hoofers clubs at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. We are an outdoors education and recreation club with a diverse membership of students, faculty, staff, and community members. Members plan and lead trips in Wisconsin and around the country, instruct lessons, oversee purchase and upkeep of club equipment, and coordinate all aspects of club operations. When you join the Outing Club, lessons are free and most equipment use is included. Trip costs are usually only gas, food, and camping expenses. You can join in on a trip or lead one yourself. Trips are announced on the website calendar, through our email list, or at one of our weekly meetings at the trip leader's discretion. Questions? Email us.

Give these Hoofers a pat on the back...

...and thank 'em for organizing Hoofers trips, events, or lessons during this past summer and fall season!

Boat checkout resuming on Mendota

If you're after the fleeting few weeks left of summer, why not chase them on Mendota? Canoe and kayak checkout is now officially back up! Club members who have completed a canoe or kayak lake lesson can now take club boats out on Mendota in good weather whenever Harvey (the UW lifesaving service) is working (see here for hours). Just go into the Outdoor UW (OPO) office on the lakefront and they'll let you into the boathouse.

Outdoor Programs Office Summer Hours

OPO summer 2013 hours are: 10am-8pm, Monday - Friday and 12pm - 5pm Saturday.

Water Safety Code

  The Water Safety Code has been updated (as of 11/18/2013)!