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Spotlight On: Duck Driver Carly Pfeifer

Get to know your Duck Drivers! This week, we’d like to highlight Carly Pfeifer! This will be her second summer as a driver here at Dells Army Ducks. We asked Carly what she enjoys about her job and she exclaimed, “My favorite part about driving the Ducks is probably how well all the drivers get along. Working at the Ducks is like having another family. I didn’t think that I could get so close with people in only 3 months, but I did and I’m so happy that I got a job here. I also like being able to say that I’m a Duck Driver. A lot of people think its so cool when I explain my summer job to them and they’re impressed that I can drive such a huge vehicle so well.”

Carly is from Wisconsin Dells and enjoys being able to meet new people every day in the summertime. If you ride a Duck this summer, you might be lucky enough to be on her Tour!

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Spotlight on: Tom Sawyer’s Summer Paint Job

Each year, Dells Army Ducks ensures the quality and safety of their boats by performing maintenance procedures and restorations. This past season was no different. Built in 1946 in Pontiac, Michigan, the Tom Sawyer has been a Dells Army Duck in the Field Family since the early 1970’s. The original color of the vehicle was olive drab, which represents the color used by the U.S. Army in the 1940’s. This past winter season, it has been restored and repainted for future tours. On your next Dells Army Duck Tour, you may be lucky enough to ride aboard the Tom Sawyer.

Put a Duck Ride in the Easter Basket

This Easter, give your kids the gift of a ride on a Dells Army Duck! These exciting tours take place in the heart of Wisconsin Dells on an amphibious boat that can travel on both land and water! Experience a guided tour through the natural land formations within the Dells that were created at the end of the last glacial period. The best part is splashing into the Lower Wisconsin Dells and Lake Delton. Part of Easter is about being together as a family, so let us help you create a family memory this spring and get your Dells Army Duck tickets today!

All Aboard! What is an Original WildThing Jet Boat?

Hang on and prepare for for an exciting thrill ride this summer when you step aboard a WildThing Jet Boat Tour! Experience power stops, 360 degree spins, and a whole lot of water as you cruise along the upper Wisconsin River. Learn about the history of the Dells on this 11-mile journey. See famous Dells landscapes such as High Rock, Sunset Cliff, Devil’s Elbow, and Witches Gulch. This tour is for the whole family and departs daily, Memorial Day thru Labor Day. The forecast this summer at the Original WildThing Jet Boats is 100% fun mixed with a chance of “liquid sunshine.”

For more info, please give us a call at: (608) 254-6080

Who do you go on your Duck ride with?

When booking your Dells Army Duck tour, you might have a few questions. Is this a tour for families? Would a school or church group have fun on a tour? The answer to both of those questions is YES! The Army Ducks are a family-friendly boat tour for all ages. Learn about the history of the Dells area as well as enjoy some unique scenery of the lower Wisconsin River and Lake Delton. This tour takes place on both land and water and can be enjoyed by both children and adults a like. Get your tickets today!

Spotlight on: Duck Driver Zach Olsen

This weeks blog is a spotlight on our very own Duck Driver, Zach Olsen. Zach has been working as a driver and tour guide since the Fall season of 2015, and has been with the company since 2013. His main focus is engineering tech, which consists of IT, networking, and electrical work. Zach is originally from Stevens Point, Wisconsin and gained interest of the Ducks at a young age. Zach’s older brother used be a driver for the Ducks, and as a kid, Zach would ride along on his older brother’s Duck Tours. Zach is an avid fan of all different vehicles, so being able to drive a 1940’s Dells Army Duck for work is an awesome experience for him. You might have Zach as a driver the next time you visit Dells Army Ducks. Plan your Duck tour today!

Dells Army Ducks are a Family-Owned Business

In 1946, a gentleman named Melvin Flath first brought the Ducks to Wisconsin Dells. He offered quality tours on both land and water to families visiting the area. 71 years and a few generations later, the Field Family continues to offer those quality tours to the next generations. Owner and Operator, Jason Field along with 7 other family members enjoy being able to work alongside each other to help other families create beautiful Wisconsin Dells memories.

Field’s family has been in the boat business since 1894! His great-grandfather, F.A. Field owned 2 paddle wheel boats, and offered tours on the Upper Wisconsin River. On your next Wisconsin Dells vacation, be sure to hop aboard a Dells Army Duck Tour and experience this family-run business for yourself!

The Path and Scenery of an Army Duck

Make a splash in both the Wisconsin River and Lake Delton aboard your Dells Army Duck Ride. Explore the natural history of Wisconsin Dells and see rock formations like no other. The beautiful sandstone cliffs, some over 100 feet high, date back to the last ice age over 15,000 years ago! On land, see indigenous plants, some specific to the area like the Fragrant fern. When the Duck cruises across Lake Delton, kids can have the opportunity to drive the amphibious vehicle! If you’re in to nature, landscape, water, lakes, rivers, cliffs, and gorges, then you should book your Duck Tour today! 

The Best Seats To Sit In On Your Dells Army Duck Ride!

Everyone wants to know the best seat to sit in when they hop aboard their Duck tour. Although every seat within a Dells Army Duck provides equal fun and excitement, there are a few seats that give you a different kind of experience. When you sit in the back few rows of your duck, you’re more than likely going to get a small splash on you upon entering and exiting the water! Although you won’t get completely soaked, you’ll feel very refreshed from the mist. The seats in the front and middle of the Duck are easier for spotting scenery along the river. Which do you prefer?

A travel tip would be to keep your items on your lap or your seat, as water may lightly flow among the floor of the boat. Each tour is different as far as how wet you might get and which part of the boat will experience a splash.

In summary, every seat is the best seat to sit in on a Dells Army Duck. Book your tour today and find out for yourself. 

History of DUKW Vehicles in the Dells

Right after WWII, a Milwaukee gentleman named Melvin H. Flath read about an auction out in California where they were auctioning off a surplus of trucks. He went out there, and to his surprise found the trucks to be amphibious vehicles and nothing that he had imagined. These vehicles were used during WWII to help transport goods and troops over land and water. After some thought, Melvin bought what is now popularly known as a DUKW vehicle, or DUCK!

He rode his DUCK back to Milwaukee and was at first made fun of for his bulky purchase. He installed some used Milwaukee bus seats in his DUCK and on Sundays, would take his family in Pewaukee Lake. He charged others 50 cents to ride in his DUCK as he’d splash in the water! At one point, someone mentioned to Melvin that he should take his DUCK to Wisconsin Dells, where everyday is Sunday!

He did the following week and in 1946, began giving one and a half hour tours of the Dells. Over 70 years later, the DUCK tours continue to impress visitors to Wisconsin Dells with their rich history, nature scenery, and a splashing good time!

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