4th Annual!

Bark River Bash

MAY 4, 2024

Time: 9am-2pm

Fee: Donations welcome, funds raised will support the Hartland Public Library Children's Area

Kayak & Canoe Run
Time: 9am-11am, last drop in 11am*
Start: Centennial Park, Hartland
Finish: Nixon Park, Hartland

*We kindly ask that boats are not put in after 11am. Our duck derby starts at 12:00pm 
down river and boats passing through it will alter the winners.

This is a casual tour starting in Centennial Park & finishing at Nixon Park. Volunteers will be available to hold your canoe/kayak while you get in/out of it.

Bring you own kayak or canoe, limited kayaks will be available for rent from KT Kayak Rentals.  There is a link below to reserve them in advance.

No Shuttle: We suggest brining your boat to Centennial Park then taking your vehicle to Nixon Park and either walking the Ice Age Trail (about a 30 minute walk) back to Centennial Park or get a ride back.

Bring your own kayak or canoe.
Limited kayaks will be available for rental.

Fun for the Whole Family!

Thank you to our Event Sponsors!

Rubber Duck Derby
Location: see description
Time: 12:00pm-12:30pm

Duck derby tickets can be purchased in advance or at the event

Purchase duck derby tickets in advance at the Hartland Library, Hartland Bank Five Nine, Tabi’s or participating businesses.

Purchase duck derby tickets at Nixon Park Pavilion (by playground)

$5 for one or $20 for five.  Supply is limited to 1,000 tickets so buy early!

Ducks Race from the Cover Bridge on Bark River Greenway (behind Senor Thomas) to Nixon Park

Purchased  ducks are awarded prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and last place (Do not need to be present to win)

2nd Chance Duck Raffle
Location: Nixon Park
Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm

By purchasing a duck you will be entered for another chance to win a raffle prize (Must be present to win)

Additional happenings between 10:00am - 2:00pm in Nixon Park

NEW! Bounce House

NEW! Inflatable Obstacle Course

Face Painting

Beer Garden Provided by Endter's

Craft and Vendor Sale - shop over 50 vendors!

Live Music by A Little Bit of Heaven

Costumes welcome - May the 4th Be With You!

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Recent Events

Holiday Train

Amongst the Village of Hartland and other individuals/businesses, Hartland Kiwanis was able to contribute $1,800 of the $6,150 raised for the two Hartland food banks!

Thank you to all that volunteered and contributed to this event and all of the community members who attended and supported these efforts.  It is because of YOU that Hartland is a great place to live 🙂

About us

May 2021 was our 1st annual Bark River Bash, a Hartland Kiwanis fundraiser.  This event celebrated the completion of our Bark River clean-up efforts and was full of family fun!  Including a paddling river run, Ice Age Trail tour, rubber duck derby race, craft and vendor sale, live music, food, beverages and more.   

Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time.

Join us by becoming a member or attending events!

Bark River Clean-up

With the goal of making Hartland’s beautiful Bark River passable by small watercraft, we spent over 2 years removing dead trees and clearing invasive species from Centennial Park to Nixon Park.

Before & After

It is WILD to see the transformation!

Many Hands make little work

With the support and physical help of the Hartland DPW, Ice Age Trail Alliance members (Waukesha Milwaukee Chapter)  and many Arrowhead High School students, Hartland Kiwanis reached its initial goal of rejuvenating the waterway.

  Many thanks for all the support and help!

Bark River UP Keep

Invasive species regrow and trees naturally fall and get diseased. Therefore, upkeep is needed!

Interested in helping with our next Bark River Clean-up?

Holiday Train Food Pantry Fundraiser

Is there a  better way to spend an evening than to throw on your favorite Santa hat and serve hot chocolate and hot dogs when the Holiday Trains come to town!  And the best part is that all the proceeds go to the Hartland and St. Vincent De Paul food pantries.  

Join us at a member meeting!
We meet every third Thursday
at Birch and Banyan in Hartland

Contact Us

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