About Jim Joque

Jim Joque is a Midwest writer on snowshoeing, backpacking and canoeing. He retired from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point as Director of Disability Services and Adjunct Adventure Education Instructor, having taught snowshoeing, camping, backpacking, adventure leadership and Leave No Trace. In 2021, Jim and his wife Liz moved from Wisconsin to Colorado in their retirement.


Cold Weather Canoeing In Michigan’s Upper Peninsula Wilderness

Canoeing Upper Peninsula Michigan: man and woman paddling on lake

It was an early afternoon in late October as we launched our two canoes from a landing onto a winding lake in an Upper Michigan wilderness area. Temperatures were around 50 degrees Fahrenheit, and winds were 5 to 10 mph … Continue reading

Wildlife Encounters on the Water

The words “canoeing” and “wild life” seem to be in contradiction, since canoeing connotes a relaxing and peaceful paddle on a remote lake or flowing river; while the wild life indicates someone who is wild, impulsive, excitable, and a party-person. … Continue reading

Canoe Camping: Plan, Pack and Paddle

On a sunny weekend in June several years ago, a few friends and I scouted the Manitowish and Trout Rivers of the Northern Highland American Legion State Forest in northern Wisconsin. We were in search of a water trail for … Continue reading

Paddling My Spirit on a Wisconsin Flowage

On a sunny July morning a few years ago, my wife and I drove from our home on the Big Eau Pleine Flowage in north-central Wisconsin to Winona, Minnesota. It was approximately a 140-mile drive. But, it was well worth … Continue reading