Come see 9 canoes around Portage painted by local artists.

Canoes on Parade

The City of Portage Tourism Commission is bringing you Portage Canoes on Parade coordinated by the Portage Area Chamber of Commerce. This is a free public art event, with four new canoes, #10 – #13, on display this summer with an official launch on June 3, along with the original nine canoes debuting last year around the Portage area.

Portage means β€œto carry.” Native people would portage their canoe over this narrow strip of land between the Fox River and Wisconsin River to hunt, fish, travel and trade.

Look at these canoes, transformed into works of art by local artists placed on display at various locations. Below is the new 2023 canoe map!

Click Here for printable map.