HCA member Ervy Greenwaldt organizes 2 events every year in beautiful Muscoda, WI.
About the Event:
Muscoda, Wi., (pronounced
Mus-co-DAY) is one of the best Hover-In locations in the
Midwest United States. Located on the Wisconsin River, the
area is known for its many river sandbars, abundant wildlife,
and friendly public. Hover-Ins at Muscoda draw hovercrafters
from not only the surrounding states, but also from Texas,
Alaska, the East Coast, and even the Netherlands!
We hold two events a year in Muscoda. They are typically the second weekend of June and August. The Wisconsin River is a perfect river for any outdoor activity, but it is particularly good for hovercrafting. The river has a navigable channel for a few brave boaters, but much of the river is extremely shallow and the numerous sand bars are constantly changing the river bottom. This of course is no problem for a hovercraft! The Wisconsin River also offers some of the most beautiful scenery in the state. The river cuts through a large section known as the "driftless area." This part of the Midwest escaped the bulldozer like effects of glaciers during the last glacial period. This means all of the natural rolling hills and bluffs still exist along this 80 mile stretch of the river. Muscoda is located right in the middle of this stretch of river. You can head up river to the last dam on the Wisconsin River in Sauk City or head down river and meet up with the Mississippi River in Prairie du Chien. There is rarely a shortage of sandbars to go swimming, throw a ball for the dog, or just relax and soak up some sun. By the August event it seems like there is more sand than water in many areas. If you need some shade there are many narrow back channels that curve through the woods, but ultimately connect back with the main channel. Most of the people arrive by Friday night and camp at the campground on site. You can also camp on a sandbar, but we suggest staying at the campground because it’s always a great time. Saturday we typically head 25 miles upriver to Wisconsin Riverside Resort in Spring Green for lunch. Saturday evening when everyone is back we hold a pot luck dinner. Nothing formal is scheduled for Sunday, but we usually go on a short cruise before people start packing up camp.
Muscoda is a non-sanctioned enthusiasts’
gathering, and is great event for a person new to hovercrafting
to attend. Number of craft at Muscoda range from 15-30,
so one will see many different types – commercially
built craft, homebuilts, custom designs, racing craft, etc.
There are two events held at Muscoda –
a Spring Hover-In, and the Pendelton Memorial at Muscoda,
a summer/fall event named in honor of an avid hovercrafter
who lost his battle with cancer. Both are held at the Victoria
Riverside Park Campground and Boat Launch.
The Wisconsin river is renown for its fabulous
sandbars and abundant wildlife. Eagle spotting is a popular
sport for cruisers and canoers alike. The endless sandbars
offer plenty of opportunity for rest stops and a relaxing
atmosphere to just sit and soak up the sun with your friends.
It's also a great place to teach youngsters how to operate
a hovercraft for the first time.
Please note: Due to the sensitive
wildlife area along the river, and often heavy canoe traffic,
participants are asked to be mindful of sound levels.
Schedule of Events:
Saturday we do an organized 25 mile cruise to Wisconsin Riverside Resort in Spring Green for Lunch. Some pilots continue on to the dam in Prairie Du Sac ( another 20 miles) for ice-cream.
Muscoda is held over a weekend, and Saturday evening there is usually a potluck cookout in the park shelter, where everyone is welcome.
The nearest Motel is right across the river at Honker's Website: Honkers or there is additional lodging in Richland Center (15 mins) and Spring Green (30 mins). Camping at Victoria Riverside Park requires
To make a campsite reservation contact Kim by phone (608) 739-2924 or email to Rivercamping53573@gmail.com. Click HERE for the village of Muscoda Campground and Parks information.
Where is Muscoda, Wis.?
Muscoda, Wi., is located approximately 60 miles
west of Madison, Wis. right on the Wisconsin River. Nearby
towns include Spring Green, Richland Center, and Boscobel.
Contact: Ervy Greenwaldt at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.