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Alliant Energy Center
1919 Alliant Energy Way
Madison, Wisconsin

Show Hours
Friday: 3 PM to 8 PM
Saturday: 9 AM to 6 PM
Sunday: 10 AM to 4 PM

1-Day: $15.00
3-Day: $30.00
Ages 17 and under are FREE
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2024 Presentations by Category
All Presentations

Jeff Bach
 Building a Bent Laminated Shaft Wood Paddle
   Atrium - upstairs Sat 1:00pm-4:00pm 
Advances in materials are always good, but sometimes old original things just feel good in your hand. A wood paddle you build yourself uses both ancient and advanced material. This clinic covers wood and material options, tools, ideas for laminating the shaft, building up the blade, fiberglassing the blade, protecting the bottom of the blade, building your own custom handle, and shaping the shaft.

Steve Ballou
 Paddling Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
   Algonquin - main floor Fri 4:30pm-5:15pm 
For over 50 years, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore has drawn people from all over the world to experience the beauty and rugged wilderness of these islands and Lake Superior. What does it take to paddle and camp in this special place? Are you prepared to travel the waters of Lake Superior safely? With proper planning and preparation, you can have the adventure of a lifetime paddling through sea caves, sleeping under the stars, and navigating this inland sea. Join Ranger Steve Ballou to ... Read More

Daren Barrett, Kristin Vogel
 The Greek Kayaking Odyssey
   Bear - upstairs Sun 1:30pm-2:15pm 
Intrigued in traveling and kayaking in Poros, Greece? Uncover the secrets of navigating the azure waters surrounding this idyllic island, where lush landscapes meet the Aegean Sea. From practical insights on planning your journey to the unique experiences awaiting kayakers, this presentation promises to transport you to the heart of Poros’ charm. Explore the island’s rich history, iconic landmarks, and serene coves through the lens of a kayaker’s adventure. Join us for an exploration of the ... Read More

John Bates
 A Far Side To Birding
   Algonquin - main floor Sat 11:30am-12:15pm 
Birds! Their evolution, natural selection, population dynamics, adaptations, reproductive strategies, behaviors, migration, management - here’s Birding 101 in 45 minutes through the comic lens of Far Side cartoons. Laugh your way to enriching a paddling adventure by knowing more about the birds you’ll see and hear on the water and along the shores.

John Bates
 Paddling Northern Wisconsin’s Undeveloped Wild Lakes: A Baker’s Dozen of the Best
   Superior - main floor Sun 11:30am-12:15pm 
Paddling a wild lake offers a peace that’s hard to find, as well as an insight into the native plant and animal communities that live in, on, and around our lakes. We’ll explore the ecological and aesthetic keynotes of some of the best lakes in northern Wisconsin for you to consider paddling.

Timothy Bauer
 Adrift in the Driftless
   Quetico - main floor Fri 3:30pm-4:15pm 
   Superior - main floor Sun 2:30pm-3:15pm 
Hidden in the middle of the Upper Midwest lies an area that is home to cliffs, caves, sinkholes, natural springs, breathing hills, crystal clear trout streams, rare rattlesnakes, bald eagles galore, goat prairies, Native American effigy mounds, Amish horse and buggies, and rock outcrops half a billion years old. Bigger than Vermont and New Hampshire combined, it's called the Driftless Area, a unique ecological anomaly that the glaciers missed during the last Ice Age. It also comprises some of ... Read More

Timothy Bauer
 Mistakes Were Made
   Superior - main floor Sat 11:30am-12:15pm 
Ever paddle down to a bridge and realize that you left your form of transportation at a different bridge - or at a wholly different river? Ever leave your boat at a bridge, run the shuttle, and discover that someone had stolen your boat in the meantime? Yeah, us neither. But ask Timothy, and that’s another story - several stories, actually. If tragedy plus time equals comedy, come be regaled by a smorgasbord of schadenfreude as Timothy shares his “pro” tips on what NOT to do while paddling in ... Read More

Pete Beck
 All Things Whitewater
   Algonquin - main floor Sat 10:30am-11:15am 
Pete Beck of the River Kings YouTube Channel brings his years of kayaking knowledge and experience to the table for an informative and entertaining discussion on all things whitewater paddling. He will discuss who can / will enjoy Whitewater paddling, how to enter the sport, needed gear, how to find paddling buddies, most enjoyable moments on the water, common pitfalls and lastly, establishing individual progression goals. There will also be a time of Q&A where audience engagement is encouraged. ... Read More

Benjamin Berthiaume, Isaac Dana
 Ely To Hudson Bay
   Sylvania - main floor Sun 1:30pm-2:15pm 
What is it that makes an expedition valuable? Is it the miles traveled, rapids run, cool pictures taken, or the remote tracts of land?

Ben Berthiaume and Isaac Dana set off on an expedition with one goal: Reach Hudson Bay by canoe! The idea of Hudson Bay is almost mythical. It calls the adventurous even through the dense bush and many obstacles. Ben and Isaac couldn’t have known what they would experience through these travels.

Their journey is one of grueling challenges,
... Read More

Barry Brahier
 Sea Kayaking Voyageurs National Park
   Caribou - upstairs Sun 12:30pm-1:15pm 
Voyageurs National Park in the far north of Minnesota is an amazing place for kayak camping, solo or group, especially in the fall when most of the power boats stay home. Think BWCAW but with bigger lakes, Taj Mahal campsites reserved just for you, and no portaging! Learn the nuts and bolts of a Voyageurs kayaking trip, the importance of site selection, and understand why going solo is something you can do and probably should.

Trevor Braun
 Preparing for a Yukon Canoe Expedition
   Algonquin - main floor Sat 12:30pm-1:15pm 
Join long time Yukoner Trevor Braun to learn about preparing for a Yukon Paddling Expedition. The Yukon has many Wilderness Paddling journeys that you can choose from, to suit your level of adventure ranging from lakewater to advanced whitewater. Trevor has 30+ years of guiding and instructing paddling journeys throughout the Yukon. Learn where to paddle, what resources are available to you, and how to ensure you have the right skills and equipment.

Trevor Braun
 The Braun Backferry
   Pool - Clarion Hotel Sat 2:00pm-2:20pm 
   Pool - Clarion Hotel Sat 2:30pm-2:50pm 
Join long time Yukoner Trevor Braun to gain some valuable insights and tricks to mastering your back ferry. The back ferry is a quintessential river tripping skill when the rivers are tight, small, and fast. Trevor has developed some unconventional techniques to build your backferry confidence and effectiveness with a few tricks. Join Trevor at the pool to learn these tricks, so you can practice them up for your next northern river expedition. Learn how to assist steering from the stern; learn ... Read More

Kevin Callan
 A Paddler's Guide To Rivers of Ontario
   Quetico - main floor Sat 2:30pm-3:15pm 
Author Kevin Callan (a.k.a. The Happy Camper) will present on a number of river canoe routes across Ontario, from well known waterways like Algonquin’s Petawawa and the French to more remote rivers such as the Kopka and the Steel River.

Kevin Callan, Ethan & Andrew Elkins
 A Panel Discussion On Bears
   Quetico - main floor Sat 12:30pm-1:15pm 
Seasoned paddlers in a panel discussion on bear stories, biology, and keeping bears out of camp. Author Kevin Callan, Andrew and Ethan Elkins, and retired DNR Biologist/Zoologist and Bureau Director of Endangered Species Charles Pils will talk about bears and best practices of keeping them out of camp, along with stories and taking questions.

Kevin Callan
 Happy Camper Canoe Tripping Tips and Tricks
   Quetico - main floor Sun 12:30pm-1:15pm 
Kevin Callan (a.k.a. The Happy Camper) will present on a number of tips and tricks he’s learned over the years of canoe tripping in the wilderness. Kevin will touch on: staying warm and dry, making a one-match fire, having a lighter pack, portage etiquette, choosing a good campsite, making a good camp meal, proper canoe strokes, navigation, dealing with bugs and bears, first-aid, how to make a good bush martini... and many, many more. If you’re a novice or an experienced tripper, you’ll ... Read More

Kevin Callan, Mona Gauthier, Marty Koch
 The Aluminum Chef Competition
   Quetico - main floor Sat 4:30pm-5:15pm 
Once again, our three Aluminum Chefs will test their camp culinary skills against each other in true outdoor style. Kevin Callan returns as our unstoppable emcee in this fast-paced event. Woods-woman Mona Gauthier and former park ranger Marty Koch go up against local chef Luke Zahm of the Driftless Cafe in Viroqua, WI. Using MSR stoves and cook kits and a pantry of simple ingredients you might have on your next camping trip, our chefs will compete for the best appetizer, entree, and dessert. ... Read More

Julie Carey
 They just aren't listening! Communicating Safety Messages to an unreceptive Audience
   Sylvania - main floor Sun 12:30pm-1:15pm 
What safety topic is your soap box? Do you often find that your message isn’t being received the way you hoped? Does your audience push back and find every reason on the river why your concern doesn’t apply to them? Join this interactive presentation on communication styles and techniques for achieving compliance not only with regulations but also industry best practices for ensuring that each and every paddle is one that where everyone returns safely.

John Chase
 5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me When I Started Kayaking
   Quetico - main floor Sun 1:30pm-2:15pm 
It sounds easy...buy a boat, put it in the water, start paddling. Let’s talk about what you need and what you don’t to make your first or 50th day on the water full of smiles. Come to this safe space where we’ll explore all those questions that you’ve been afraid to ask but need to know.

John Chase
 Navigating the Seas with Nautical Charts
   Caribou - upstairs Sat 3:30pm-4:15pm 
Dive into the art and science of interpreting navigation charts and learn essential tools to navigate open waters. Explore scale and symbols for accurate distance and direction measurements, and hazard identification. We will also walk through real-life scenarios to apply chart-reading skills.

John Chase
 Perfectly Pack your Kayak for a Multi-Day Trip
   Atrium - upstairs Fri 6:30pm-7:15pm 
Loading your personal and shared group gear in your boat is both art and science. This hands-on workshop will equip you with tips and tricks to pack your kit for a dry, safe and enjoyable multi-day journey without having to cut the handle off your toothbrush.

John Chase
 Power to the Paddle: Exercises to Improve Your Paddling
   Atrium - upstairs Sun 11:30am-12:15pm 
Get ready to move in this fun, hands-on session where you’ll learn and practice functional exercises to help you paddle longer, faster, and stronger. Learn simple exercises requiring little or no equipment that will make you a better paddler, build endurance, and prevent injury.

Camper Christina
 Portaging in The Canadian Wilderness
   Bear - upstairs Fri 6:30pm-7:15pm 
   Quetico - main floor Sat 1:30pm-2:15pm 
Camper Christina is known for going on remote wilderness canoe trips in rugged and unmaintained areas of Northern Ontario, solo. In order to complete these adventures, she has had to overcome a wide variety of obstacles and challenges, including a lot of crazy portages. In Christina’s presentation, she will go over all aspects of portaging, different types of terrain, how to find the elusive ones, and, tips and tricks to overcome them. She will also share some of the most interesting and insane ... Read More

Will Collins
 America By Canoe - Stories and Lessons from 4,300 miles on the Yukon & Mississippi Rivers
   BWCA - main floor Sat 12:30pm-1:15pm 
Big rivers, wild country, and two adventures of a lifetime. Join wilderness guide and podcast host Will Collins as he shares stories, lessons, and insights from two trips on Americas largest rivers: 103 days solo canoeing the Mississippi and 70 days canoeing the Yukon River.

Learn about exploring America from the low-down view of a canoe, including seeing barges, wolves, salmon runs.

Will Collins
 Catch More Fish - Tips, Tricks & Stories for Canoe & Kayak fishing
   Bear - upstairs Fri 3:30pm-4:15pm 
Join angler and wilderness guide Will Collins for fishing tips tricks and stories to help up your game and put more fish in the canoe or kayak. We’ll talk gear, boating & fishing strategy, how to approach & break down new water, and of course share great fish photos! Bring your questions and let’s talk fish!

Elisabeth Condon, David Taus, James Edward Mills, Christopher Kilgour
 #PaddlingSoWhite: Barriers and Solutions to Diversity in Paddlesports
   Sylvania - main floor Sat 1:30pm-2:15pm 
Do you feel welcome in outdoor settings? Have you ever felt uncomfortable interacting with others at a portage? Are you curious about efforts to build an inclusive paddling culture? Join experts in diversifying outdoor recreation to uncover the reasons behind the lack of diversity in paddlesports. Discover simple steps that you can take to foster inclusivity and support underrepresented communities in paddlesports. Delve into exciting initiatives in Wisconsin that are challenging the status quo ... Read More

Dave Ellingson
 Down the Mekong: Voyage of Discovery
   Superior - main floor Sat 9:30am-10:15am 
In March 2023 Dave was joined by 3 intrepid paddlers to kayak down the Mekong River through Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam to the South China Sea. The friends experienced spectacular landscapes, rich history, ancient spirituality, a legacy of war and genocide, environmental challenges, friendly people, and the delicious food of Southeast Asia. Dangerous conditions became the opportunity to “linger with the lotus” and discover hope for this amazing region.

Al & Marsha Fairfield
 Sylvania, the evolution of an accessible wilderness area
   Sylvania - main floor Sat 11:30am-12:15pm 
Sylvania is an easily accessible wilderness area that has evolved dramatically over time. From virgin timber to the Sylvania Club, public purchase, wilderness designation, court rulings, COVID, and beyond. Discover its colorful history and learn how you can explore one of our favorite places while being good stewards to preserve it.

Vern Fish, Mary Blaisdell
 Caribou and the Citizen Scientist
   Caribou - upstairs Fri 5:30pm-6:15pm 
There are less than 5,000 boreal caribou in Ontario. Wabakimi, the second largest provincial park, may have fewer than 500 caribou. To learn more about the location and behavior of caribou on the public land that surrounds the park, the Friends of Wabakimi are creating a plan to survey the caribou. We hope to be able to use volunteers to search islands, sand beaches, and peninsulas for signs of caribou calving (hoof prints, scat, and actual sightings). Join us and learn how community scientists ... Read More

Vern Fish
 Fire in the Boreal Forest
   Algonquin - main floor Sun 12:30pm-1:15pm 
Are you prepared to deal with a wilderness fire? The summer of 2023 was dominated by reports of wildfire all over North America. These news stories became a little too personal when my paddling party was surrounded by fire in the heart of Wabakimi Provincial Park. This was the first time that I had ever been chased out of the wilderness by a fire. I will share a few things I learned about how to prepare and react. Finally learn more about the impact of fire on the park and how the park staff ... Read More

Gillian Fitzgerald
 What it Means to Paddle Like a Girl
   Sylvania - main floor Sat 9:30am-10:15am 
When it comes to recreating in the outdoors as a woman, some things are different. Some things are easier, some things are harder. Some things are well-known and talked about, others are not. Paddling in the Boundary Waters as a woman, whether it be as a guide, a participant, or a personal recreator, has the power to be an incredibly empowering, life-altering experience. Join this presentation and hear from Gillian and the women she’s worked alongside over the years as they share stories, tips ... Read More

Vic Foerster
 Hidden in the Trees, An Isle Royale Sojourn
   Algonquin - main floor Fri 5:30pm-6:15pm 
Remote, insulated from man’s influence by the frigid waters of Lake Superior, and protected by the National Park Service, Isle Royale doubles as a wilderness escape for outdoor enthusiasts and as one of the foremost outdoor laboratories in the world for wildlife studies. As such, in 1984, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization designated Isle Royale a world biosphere reserve.

Award-winning Author / Arborist Vic Foerster will share with us his many years
... Read More

Joe Friedrichs, Matthew Baxley
 Planning for the Unexpected in the Boundary Waters
   Bear - upstairs Sat 1:30pm-2:15pm 
Matthew Baxley and Joe Friedrichs have been sharing stories on award-winning podcasts and writing about the Boundary Waters for the past decade. In this presentation, Joe and Matthew share personal experiences and stories they’ve collected along the way where things went wrong on a trip to the Boundary Waters. Included in the powerful narrative is a near-death experience they faced on a trip to the BWCA in May 2023. Matthew and Joe will share how to plan for the unexpected on any trip to the ... Read More

Paula Furlich, Sue Sullivan, Mona Gauthier
 Never Underestimate a Woman with a Paddle
   BWCA - main floor Fri 6:30pm-7:15pm 
The border route in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wildness hugs the Minnesota-Canada Border. It covers over 194 miles of paddling and 24 miles of portages. Follow the three adventurous women who traveled this route from the westernmost entry point at Crane Lake to the easternmost point at South Fowl and then paddled up the Pigeon River up to Fort Charlotte to hike the Grand Portage Trail. Learn about the route they took, the challenges they faced, the gear they brought, the food they ate, how ... Read More

Miguel Garcia-Gosalvez
 Safety electronics for the BWCA (or other trips to the wilderness)
   BWCA - main floor Sun 2:30pm-3:15pm 
All kind of electronic gadgets for communications and safety in the wilderness are available. Understanding your risks while having what you need to minimize them is key. Knowing how to use them, costs associated, understanding your own needs and those of family and friends who love you is key to providing peace of mind for everyone.

Do you know what SOS on the top of your mobile phone top screen means when your cellphone company name or 5G/LTE is not on the screen? Do you know what
... Read More

Mona Gauthier
 Dehydrating Food with Confidence
   BWCA - main floor Sat 9:30am-10:15am 
Dehydrating food is an ancient, effective, and nutritious way of preserving food. It’s a perfect way to lighten the food pack and still have great meals while avoiding the cost of commercial products. Basic to advanced dehydration techniques will be shared, including video clips of dehydrating eggs, sour cream, and guacamole. Develop confidence as you dehydrate and apply methods to ward off the five enemies that impact the shelf life of your products.

Chris Gavin
 Foraging at the Waters Edge
   Superior - main floor Fri 4:30pm-5:15pm 
Explore the world of edible wild plants that grow in abundance along the shores of your next paddle. Chris will guide you through the wheres and hows of safely and sustainability harvesting food from the wild.

Nicholas Gordon
 Culinary Tips for Backcountry Trips
   Bear - upstairs Sat 3:30pm-4:15pm 
This isn’t your average dehydrated spaghetti talk! Join Nick Gordon, an experienced camp chef and guide, for a culinary adventure that will launch your trail food’s bliss index from blah to WOW! This expedition paddles into daring, creative, ultralight, shelf-stable, savory awesomeness with a side of caloric fill power. “There is no better way to end a tough day than with an exceptional meal,” says Nick (aka Nick of the Woods) who has a reputation for imagination when feeding exhausted paddlers ... Read More

Emil Gyllenberg
 Free Horizon, paddling the Stockholm archipelago in 4 days
   Superior - main floor Sun 10:30am-11:15am 
In this presentation we get to follow Emil Gyllenberg, an experienced long-distance kayaker on a trip down memory lane where we learn about his kayaking trip that later became a documentary about paddling in Sweden and the Stockholm Archipelago.

We look into the lessons learned and experience gained from an adventure like this while also talking about nature and what is unique with paddling in Sweden.

Sarah Hall, Greg Hall
 Passing Along the Paddle: Multi-Generational and Mentoring Trips for All Ages and Abilities
   Sylvania - main floor Sun 10:30am-11:15am 
Sarah and Greg Hall have experienced the Quetico and Boundary Waters together with their fathers over the past 30 years. They not only have helpful tips about gear, fishing, menus, routes, and pacing, but have also taken their now three teenagers since they were 10 months old. They have gained insight on how to structure a trip for kids and less-experienced paddlers that strengthens family connections, provides space for reflection and creativity, and actively empowers them to gain the skills ... Read More

Wayne Horodowich
 Capsize Recoveries-Which One’s Work Best?
   Superior - main floor Sat 3:30pm-4:15pm 
Every sea kayaking instructional book has at least one chapter devoted to capsize recoveries. Which recovery method should you use in which situation? Are all recovery techniques reliable? Which rescue works best for me? Since getting back in your kayak is a necessary skill for survival, this presentation could be very helpful for a long and happy paddling career. At the end of the presentation you will have the necessary information to answer these questions for yourself and how to best spend ... Read More

Wayne Horodowich
 How To Choose The Kayak That Works Best For You
   Superior - main floor Fri 3:30pm-4:15pm 
Trying to choose a kayak can be overwhelming with the seemingly endless variety of boats available in the marketplace. Your goal is to find the boat that fits your needs and your budget. If you want a step-by-step approach to finding the kayak that works best for you then join Wayne for a dynamic and detailed discussion. Wayne will draw upon his 35 years of teaching kayaking and fitting paddlers into kayaks so they can have an enjoyable experience.

Wayne Horodowich
 The Art of Staying Upright in Your Kayak
   Quetico - main floor Sat 11:30am-12:15pm 
Staying upright is far better than risking exposure and expending energy getting upright. Having a roll and/or knowing recovery techniques are important. However, if you have good paddle support skills, you minimize your chance of capsizing. When the wind picks up and the water gets rough, your need for support increases. In addition, you also need to be able to maneuver against that wind while the water around you is bouncing your kayak around.

Wayne Horodowich
 Using Your Boat, Body And Blade For Efficient Paddling
   Quetico - main floor Sat 9:30am-10:15am 
Paddling a kayak is more than just taking strokes with your paddle. Kayaking is a true marriage of your boat, body, and blade. All three must be working together during all aspects of kayaking to get the most out of your equipment. We will discuss body position and movements, boat positions and movements, and closely view how to properly use and manipulate your paddle to get the results you want when kayaking to get the most out of your equipment.

David Inskeep
 Original Paddling Songs Performed Live
   Bear - upstairs Sat 12:30pm-1:15pm 
Expect to come away humming a new tune when you join singer/songwriter, musician, and paddling enthusiast David Inskeep for an entertaining set of original paddling and outdoor living songs. Accompanying himself on acoustic guitar and occasional harmonica, David writes and sings catchy, upbeat, folk/country style tunes. Including titles such as Paddler’s Rendezvous, Ride the River, Jambo on the Flambeau, and Crooked Path, David’s songs tell stories and describe scenes that will delight paddlers ... Read More

Nolan Jacobs
 Coming of Age on the Churchill and Coppermine Rivers
   Sylvania - main floor Fri 3:30pm-4:15pm 
This presentation talks about Nolan Jacobs’ experience of paddling on the Churchill River and Coppermine River. Nolan paddled the Churchill River in 2022 and will be speaking about the complications that come with paddling new rivers. On the Churchill River expedition, his crew of 6 was supposed to paddle from Thompson, MB to Churchill, MB. But on the expedition, his crew ran into complications and everyone had to be evacuated. One year later, he decided to paddle from Great Slave Lake to the ... Read More

Cliff Jacobson
 Bug-Proofing Your Camp
   Quetico - main floor Fri 5:30pm-6:15pm 
If you want to get eaten alive by bugs, go to the Canadian Arctic in June. The black flies and mosquitoes which live there weigh more than ten times as much as all the plants and animals put together! An acre of swarming bugs could drain all your blood in about three days! Last year, the bugs in the BWCA were the worst in decades! We’ll check out “your enemies”- and learn how to resist them with repellents, insecticides, head and body nets, specialized clothing and “attitude.” Recommendations ... Read More

Cliff Jacobson
 Canoeing Secrets
   Quetico - main floor Sat 3:30pm-4:15pm 
“Tune” your canoe for casual and wilderness travel. Install “blind” lining holes at cutwater; choose and safely store tracking lines; select and install knee-pads and foot-braces; shock-cord decks and thwarts; correct the seat height; re-position thwarts to increase space for gear; select straight and bent-shaft paddles; correctly fit a life jacket and portage yoke; make a canoe tumpline and spray cover; pack the canoe efficiently for a wilderness trip; safety procedures and concerns; essential ... Read More

Cliff Jacobson, Kevin Callan, Pete Marshall, Rob Kesselring
 Q&A With the Experts
   Quetico - main floor Sun 10:30am-11:15am 
Got questions about canoeing and camping? Join Cliff Jacobson, Rob Kesselring, Kevin Callan, and Peter Marshall in this lively, fun-filled panel discussion. Together, these experts have more than 200 years of collective outdoors experience, so they really know their stuff. Last year’s panel was filled to overflowing, so come early if you want a seat. Submit questions beforehand to chloem@rutabaga.com with subject line: EXPERT Q&A. These experts will do the rest.

David Johnston
 Ancient Finds of Lake Superior
   to be scheduled 
If you know where to look, the Lake Superior shoreline is filled with both ancient and old finds for you to discover. The hard part is that you can easily paddle right by, not knowing what you just missed. In this presentation, David will introduce you to some of the cool stuff out there including pictographs, Pukaskwa Pits, voyageur trading posts, shipwrecks, train wrecks, and ghost towns. He will also cover places to start your research so you can discover them on your own journeys.

David Johnston
 Introduction to Weather for Paddlers
   to be scheduled 
If you find yourself confused by the weird, wonderful, and often windy world of weather, then join us. In this clinic David will demystify where weather comes from as well teach you how to make your own daily forecasts. This is perfect for anybody looking to understand what’s going on in the sky above while paddling below.

David Johnston
 Navigation 101 for Paddlers: The Art of Staying Found
   to be scheduled 
Do you find yourself getting intimidated, confused, or turned around while trying to navigate on a canoe or sea kayak trip? If so, find your way to this presentation where David will introduce you to the tips and tricks to help keep from getting misplaced. We will cover the basics of how to read the land and how to follow along via your topographic map, playing with a compass, as well as what happens when things go wrong.

David Johnston
 The Weird History of Sea Kayaking
   BWCA - main floor Sun 1:30pm-2:15pm 
Did you know that Pope John Paul II was an avid kayaker? What happened to the prisoners who built that kayak and escaped from San Quentin Prison? Come join David Johnston as he explores the fascinating history of modern sea kayaking in North America. Along the way we will discover the humble origins of the sport and learn about why the Great Lakes were the center of the kayaking universe for nearly fifteen years starting in the mid-80’s.

Tony Jones
 The Sacred Geometry of a Canoe
   BWCA - main floor Sat 3:30pm-4:15pm 
Those of us who canoe and kayak know that it can be a spiritual experience. Whether we’re gliding over a glassy lake or plowing through whitecaps, a canoe trip is, in the words of John McPhee, “A rite of oneness with certain terrain, a diversion off the field, an act performed not because it is necessary but because there is value in the act itself.” Author and theologian Tony Jones will reflect on the deeper, transcendent meaning of paddling, drawing on writers from Immanuel Kant to Sigurd ... Read More

Dean Juntunen
 A Paraplegic’s Superior Circumnavigation
   Sylvania - main floor Fri 4:30pm-5:15pm 
Dean Juntunen, a T7/8 complete paraplegic, will share his 20-year circumnavigation of Lake Superior, which merged two of his favorite hobbies: Kayaking and Photography. You’ll see the best of the UP, Ontario, Minnesota, and Wisconsin shorelines, and learn how Dean problem-solved for multi-day trips.

Rob Kesselring
 Campfire River Stories from Anywhere and Everywhere Part II
   Quetico - main floor Fri 4:30pm-5:15pm 
Canoecopia participants from years past always ask Rob Kesselring for an entire session of his tales of adventure and misadventure. Last year, Rob shared some goose-bump-inducing tales from his lifetime of paddling the world. Grizzly bear charges, hippos, starvation, broken bones, elephants, floods, pins, tip-overs, whirlpools, bullet dodging, all true and all spun with enthusiasm and panache. But last year was just the beginning; this year, hear Part II. If you have joined Rob on a guided ... Read More

Rob Kesselring
 The Thrill of Discovery, You Can Do It!
   Quetico - main floor Sat 10:30am-11:15am 
Are you tired of planning a canoe trip to “pristine” routes only to find lines at portages, strewn litter, and the drone of civilization? It is fun reading about exploration, but even more fun exploring. Even without leaving North America, you can still find rivers and lakes with almost no record or evidence of previous travel. There is no thrill more incredible than being the first. Last summer, Rob Kesselring paddled a route in Canada’s Northwest Territories where the only evidence of ... Read More

Rob Kesselring
 Ultralight Canoe Camping in the Boundary Waters
   Quetico - main floor Sun 11:30am-12:15pm 
Paddling light does not mean deprivation. In fact, it can be just the opposite! Learn proven strategies to make your canoe trips easier, more fulfilling, and fun. Less is more! Learn how to travel farther and faster, without being encumbered by heavy loads and time-consuming set-ups. Nature is not a dangerous place; embrace it, don’t barricade from it. An entertaining, information-packed session from one of North America’s most experienced canoe guides.

Andrea Knepper
 Dre's West Coast Adventure: Paddling the Pacific Coast from Canada to Mexico
   Sylvania - main floor Fri 6:30pm-7:15pm 
Over the summer of 2019, Andrea Knepper paddled the West Coast of this country from Canada to Mexico. Hear stories from the trip, how she made decisions, how she trained, what surprised her, how the trip changed her. Join a conversation about the dreams we have and how to turn the ones we’ve decided to pursue into reality. Leave with a practical resource guide for planning your own adventure. A mix of pragmatism, reflection, and photos, this isn’t a presentation to miss.

Marty Koch
 Basic River Safety For The Casual Paddler
   Superior - main floor Sat 1:30pm-2:15pm 
While paddlesports are a safe pastime they are not without inherent risks. The old saying “stuff happens” is never truer than while on the water. This introductory safety presentation is designed for the casual and novice paddler. Learn about how to safely plan and conduct a paddle trip. Learn how to recognize water hazards like sweepers, strainers, low-head dams, etc. Learn about river ratings, weather,s and group dynamics.

Marty Koch
 Mission Impossible - 30 Years A Ranger
   Superior - main floor Fri 5:30pm-6:15pm 
Take a break from all of the serious paddling presentations with this hilarious telling of stories from Marty’s 30-year career as a park ranger and outdoor guide. Your mission, should you accept it, is to tell truth from fiction. Guaranteed to brighten your day.

Marty Koch
 Ozark National Scenic Riverways
   Superior - main floor Sun 12:30pm-1:15pm 
Over 130 miles of pristine rivers are protected in this unit of the National Park Service. Located in the Missouri Ozarks, the park includes the Current and Jack’s Fork Rivers. These crystal-clear streams are spring fed and offer beautiful bluffs, over a hundred species of flora, outstanding fishing for Rainbow and Brown Trout and Smallmouth Bass. Campgrounds and accesses are located at convenient intervals. Join us as we explore this national treasure.

Doris Kolodji
 Power to the Pipsqueaks: anyone can pack, paddle and portage
   Atrium - upstairs Sat 4:30pm-5:15pm 
If you’ve always wanted to pick up a canoe and portage like the “big boys,” then this energetic, hands-on workshop is for you. Don’t let the idea of picking up and carrying your own canoe be a barrier! For decades, Northern Lakes Girl Scout Canoe Base has been training women and girls to travel through the BWCAW and Quetico Park. They specialize in teaching novices to feel like pros regardless of size or experience. Learn tips and tricks for women and youth in the wilderness from a team of ... Read More

Colleen and Jonny Kuehl, Colleen Kuehl, Jonny Kuehl
 Backcountry Couples - It's All About Adventuring Together!
   BWCA - main floor Fri 3:30pm-4:15pm 
This backcountry couple started out with passion, 60lb packs, few paddling techniques and basic camping skills only to realize they could go further and deeper into the wilderness if they did it together! Come join, as they showcase gear, share tips, stories on how fun and cool it is adventuring as a team in all seasons.

Pete Kuhn
 The Perfect Fitting Kayak
   Atrium - upstairs Fri 5:30pm-6:15pm 
This talk/demonstration will cover how to make adjustments to the inside of a kayak cockpit. These will cover seat and foot peg adjustments/modifications followed by customizing thigh braces with foam, using a cut-a-way kayak to show possible placement of modifications. Materials and shaping techniques will also be discussed.

Gina LaLiberte
 What’s That Green Stuff? Identify Algae Blooms Where You Paddle
   Sylvania - main floor Sat 4:30pm-5:15pm 
Do you wonder what that green “stuff” is that you see while paddling? Join Gina as she examines some common algae, cyanobacteria (blue-green algae), and other unassuming yet important little green things that are often spotted in waters of the upper Great Lakes region. Take a close look at cyanobacterial blooms, learn to identify potentially harmful blooms, and review practical tips for how to stay safe while enjoying time on the water.

Mary Langlie
 Fitness for Paddlers
   Atrium - upstairs Sat 10:30am-11:15am 
This is an opportunity to stretch your legs and arms and reenergize after walking around at Canoecopia. Come learn some new exercises and learn how to be ready to paddle as soon as you can get on the water. Join other paddlers of all ages and get set to have fun and make new friends while developing a plan that you can implement at home. No gym membership needed, and all ages are welcome!

Mary Langlie
 Getting Better with Age
   Sylvania - main floor Sun 2:30pm-3:15pm 
Age is no deterrent in the paddlesports world! Many people find their love of the water and being in a self-propelled craft after many years spent doing other sports. No one is too old to learn how to paddle, and we can create many lasting memories as we share our love of the outdoors with family and new-found friends. Come discover how you can age gracefully while maintaining a fit and active lifestyle!

Erica LeMoine
 Loons - Help Protect the Icon and Indicator of Healthy Lakes
   Sylvania - main floor Fri 5:30pm-6:15pm 
Many visitors and residents associate a great Northwoods experience with the haunting call of the common loon. The loon is an icon and a sentinel species - a living symbol of clean water, good fisheries, and an indicator of healthy aquatic ecosystems. For those of us lucky enough to live on a northern lake, the common loon family captivates our hearts as we watch them develop from chick to adult in 12 short weeks. Since 1978, LoonWatch has been protecting common loons and their aquatic habitats ... Read More

Blake Longworth
 Understanding the Vast Options in Paddling Clothing
   BWCA - main floor Fri 4:30pm-5:15pm 
Cold feet… cold hands… just plain cold. Sweaty… sun burnt. Neoprene vs. dry suit? Is it really a ladies’ fit, or is it just purple? This splash jacket looks a lot like my rain jacket. Nowhere in the world (seriously) will you see the variety of paddling clothing that you will at Canoecopia. But wow… it’s a lot to digest. Take some time to relax, bring a snack or a beverage, and hang out with 20-year Canoecopia veteran Danny Mongno. In this open discussion, we will address everything above and ... Read More

Matthew Magolan
 The Beyond the Delta Canoe Expedition: A Family Adventure Down the Mackenzie River
   Bear - upstairs Fri 4:30pm-5:15pm 
In the summer of 2023, the Magolan family, Matt (Dad), Sarah (Mom), Olive (9) & Petra (9) embarked on an 1100-mile canoe expedition to paddle the length of the Mackenzie River in the Northwest Territories of Canada. The Mackenzie River is known as the Deh Cho (Great River) by the local Gwitch’in people and is the second longest river system in North America. The Deh Cho is considered to be one of the most intact ecosystems in the world. The expedition began on Great Slave Lake with the goal to ... Read More

Dave Mangin
 Waters Connecting our Homes to Wilderness
   Bear - upstairs Sun 11:30am-12:15pm 
Most of us have at least read, if not experienced, the wonder of escaping to wilderness areas to dip our paddles. We’ve all been on local waterways popular among day paddlers as a momentary escape to nature. In his presentation, Dave Mangin makes the case for seeking out paddling routes that connect the places we live to the wilderness we dream of. And the industrial waters in between should not be avoided, but sought out. By sharing the discoveries of a sectional paddle from the headwaters of ... Read More

Pete Marshall
 5 Musts for Rookie Boundary Waters Paddlers
   Superior - main floor Sat 12:30pm-1:15pm 
Whether you’re thinking of paddling the Boundary Waters for the first time or want to introduce someone to this special place, this presentation will cover five essential things to do to ensure that you and others have the kind of trip that leaves you wanting more. We’ll discuss how to plan your days, what kind of activities to include, coping with common fears (bears and weather!), and more.

Pete Marshall
 How to Quetico
   Superior - main floor Fri 6:30pm-7:15pm 
Twice the size of the Boundary Waters with only a fraction of the visitors, Quetico is a canoeist’s paradise. However, the logistics of international travel as well as an intimidating reputation keeps many would-be Quetico paddlers away. In this practical presentation, we’ll go over the nuts and bolts of how to reserve a permit and reach your entry point, what makes travel in Quetico different, highlight some iconic areas in the park, and discuss a few routes.

David Meier
 Awakening Wonder - A Parenting Guide for the Boundary Waters
   Sylvania - main floor Sat 12:30pm-1:15pm 
Ever think about taking your kids to the Boundary Waters, but fear that they’ll either 1) leap from a moving canoe, or 2) complain so much about no electronics, outdoor bathrooms, and bugs, that it just won’t be worth the hassle of taking them? We will discuss how to bring your kids to the Boundary Waters. What age is right? How do you keep them safe and happy? What are potential pitfalls? With some useful suggestions, you can lay the groundwork for a positive BWCA dynamic with your family!

Scott Miller, Wally Werderich, Paul Cox, Judson Steinback
 Mississippi Speed Record
   Algonquin - main floor Sat 2:30pm-3:15pm 
In May of 2023 this team of four men set the Guinness World Record for the fastest canoe trip down the 2,300-mile Mississippi River. They started at Lake Itasca on May 10th and reached Mile Marker Zero 16 days, 20 hours and 16 minutes later. They slept, ate, drank, laughed and used the bathroom 24/7 in their Wenonah Minnesota IV canoe. Their support team included over 27 people, 3 dogs, 2 documentary filmmakers, 2 support boats and 2 RV’s. They portaged around 15 dams, paddled through 23 locks, ... Read More

Danny Mongno
 Essential Paddling Skills for SUP
   Pool - Clarion Hotel Sat 12:00pm-12:20pm 
To truly enjoy the sport of SUP (Stand UP Paddling), we must look beyond what seems to be VERY simple and understand there are skills we need to learn. With proper skills, we can spend more time out on the water by using significantly less energy. Lastly, there is the safety element: how can we avoid injury when falling off and how to be effective in getting back on? Join 20-year veteran Canoecopia paddlesport instructor, Danny Mongno, as he demonstrates how to perform at your best on your ... Read More

Danny Mongno
 Essential Paddling Skills for the Kayak Angler
   Pool - Clarion Hotel Sat 12:30pm-12:50pm 
   Pool - Clarion Hotel Sat 1:30pm-1:50pm 
To truly enjoy the sport of kayak fishing, the angler must embrace the paddling side of it. With proper skills, we can spend more time out on the water by using significantly less energy. We can also move more effectively and quietly, positioning our boats for the perfect cast to unsuspecting fish. Lastly, there is the safety element, how do we avoid a flip and what to do when one occurs? Join 20-year veteran Canoecopia paddlesport instructor, Danny Mongno, as he demonstrates how to perform at ... Read More

Danny Mongno
 Selecting the Perfect Kayak Paddle
   Atrium - upstairs Fri 3:30pm-4:15pm 
   Atrium - upstairs Sat 9:30am-10:15am 
To truly enjoy the sport of kayaking we need to be more efficient in our strokes. The less energy we use, the longer we can stay out, the more fun we will have. A key element of efficiency in your paddling is making sure you have the proper design and fitted paddle. Join 20 year veteran Canoecopia presenter, Danny Mongno, as he explains all the aspects of selecting the perfect kayak paddle. Once everyone has their perfect paddle fit dialed in, he will spend the remainder of the class working on ... Read More

Danny Mongno
 The Forward Stroke- sit down or stand up, let's be Efficient.
   Atrium - upstairs Sun 10:30am-11:15am 
To enjoy the sport of paddling, we need an efficient forward stroke. We want to use less energy, stay out longer, maybe go faster, not be sore. So, it makes sense that the forward stroke gets so much attention from students and coaches. Join Danny, who has 12 Door County Sea Kayak Symposiums as a coach under his belt, as he breaks things down in a very easy-to-follow, step-by-step process. This is an interactive class, so be ready to participate and have fun. To wrap things up, Danny will send ... Read More

Michael Neiger
 How to ensure your child will be a survivor when lost in the wilderness
   Quetico - main floor Sun 2:30pm-3:15pm 
This high-quality PowerPoint presentation will help parents teach their young children how to survive when lost in the wilderness - what to carry, what to do, and what not to do - and includes two free instructional coloring books (downloadable online) and two free videos to watch (online) with their children. This discussion draws on the lost-person best practices of the: National Association for Search & Rescue (NASAR); Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP); Search & Rescue Volunteer ... Read More

Michael Neiger
 How to use a cell phone more effectively when lost in the bush
   Superior - main floor Sat 4:30pm-5:15pm 
This high-quality PowerPoint presentation will describe pre-trip phone prep, battery banks, battery calibration, compass calibration, Find Me SAR app, mapping and navigation apps, conserving battery life, how to hold a phone for best transmission and reception (avoid blocking antennas), calling vs. texting 911, how to increase your chances of reaching 911, how to use a phone even when you have no signal, what to do when you reach 911, what to do if you can’t reach 911, etc.

Ginny Nelson
 BWCA Planning & Tips for a Successful Trip
   BWCA - main floor Sun 12:30pm-1:15pm 
The Boundary Waters (BWCAW) of northern Minnesota draws over 150,000 people to experience a wilderness adventure with paddling, camping, portaging, beautiful sunsets, and so much more. Planning and packing is crucial for a successful and memorable trip. Join Ginny Nelson, outfitter/manager from Ely, MN, as she provides what you need to know about permit details, what route to take, what to pack, what NOT to take, items to keep you safe, and stories to keep you entertained.

Kathy Nelson
 Top Tips for Traveling the BWCA as a Senior
   BWCA - main floor Sat 1:30pm-2:15pm 
Traveling the Boundary Waters (BWCAW) is an experience that makes lifetime memories. As a senior citizen, is this still possible? Join Kathy Nelson, co-owner of an Ely, MN, outfitter and senior-citizen wilderness traveler as she shares how to plan a successful canoe trip; what to pack, what NOT to take, how to handle limited mobility and strength concerns, best time to experience the BWCA, preferred routes, and more.

Steven Nelson
 Catching Your Next Fish in the BWCA
   Caribou - upstairs Sat 12:30pm-1:15pm 
A lure is tossed, the top water swirls...a big fish is after your lure. Play it right and you will have fresh fish for a shore lunch or dinner. Learn key points to successfully fish the Boundary Waters including what tackle and lures to use, where to fish, what to keep, and more.

Mark Neuzil
 The Natural History of the Canoe in North America
   Bear - upstairs Sat 2:30pm-3:15pm 
Canoes are among the oldest artifacts found on the North American continent. The story of this important vehicle is told from dugouts, birch barks, wood, wood-and-canvas, and synthetic boats from ancient times to the present day. After thousands of years, the basic design has endured, a testament to the skills of the engineers who created it in the first place. It exists as one of only two major feats of design that was not changed upon white settlement starting in the 15th century.

Zorbari Nwidor, Tia Coats, Noah Viner
 From Underground to Water Trail: Blue Spaces for Black Faces
   Bear - upstairs Sat 10:30am-11:15am 
This presentation will go into the history of the African American heritage trail, its ties to the Underground Railroad, the mission to make outdoor spaces more accessible to people of color, and how restorative justice has been a key component to reclaiming and sustaining these spaces. We will discuss the history, impact, and importance of this 7-mile water trail that starts on the South Side of Chicago and ends in Dolton, Illinois, touching neighborhoods like Golden Gate, Riverside Village, ... Read More

Bear Paulsen
 Solo Wilderness Travel
   Algonquin - main floor Sun 1:30pm-2:15pm 
Are you sick of listening to your tentmate snore? Are you tired waiting for the group to get ready? Do you talk to yourself? If you answered yes to these questions, you’re a perfect candidate for traveling solo. Bear Paulsen, General Manager of Northstar Canoes and a frequent solitary conversationalist, has done many extended solo wilderness trips in all seasons. He’ll discuss the differences between traveling with others and alone. He’ll cover how to travel solo safely and discuss logistical ... Read More

Daniel Peterson
 Paddling the Saint Croix and Namekagon Rivers
   Caribou - upstairs Sat 1:30pm-2:15pm 
Even before being protected as part of a unique National Park in 1968, the St. Croix and Namekagon rivers were well-known paddling and fishing destinations. Over 50 years later, these waters continue to create memories. Whether you are a beginning kayaker looking for an easy day paddle or an experienced canoeist searching for a weeklong adventure, over 200 miles of protected waters of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway await your discovery.

Anthony & Kristen Quill
 How to plan, and expand, canoe trips with little kids
   Caribou - upstairs Sat 2:30pm-3:15pm 
Thankfully, there are scores of parents and grandparents that have taken kids into the woods and have lived to tell the tale. This talk will focus on the skills and mindset needed to navigate the backcountry with young ones. It will touch on planning techniques, setting reasonable goals and objectives, and how to use your first trip as a building block for longer and more complicated trips in the future. While gear will be discussed, it is not the gear that makes or breaks a trip, but the ... Read More

Jameson Redding
 Fishing from a Personal Watercraft
   Atrium - upstairs Fri 4:30pm-5:15pm 
In this presentation, ACA-certified instructor Jameson Redding will be covering the basics of fishing from a small watercraft. He will cover how to choose the right vessel, the proper safety gear and precautions, rigging, and how to find success on the water. This class is designed to benefit both the experienced and beginner angler alike.

Jeff Rennicke
 Paddling the Darkest Skies
   Bear - upstairs Sat 9:30am-10:15am 
It is as ancient as humans in the wilderness, looking up at the boundless infinity of the stars. But, it is also an endangered resource. The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore has some of the darkest skies in the upper Midwest. In this star-filled presentation, Jeff Rennicke, Executive Director of Friends of the Apostle Islands, shares stories of being on Lake Superior under the stars, beneath the northern lights, and the organization’s efforts to preserve the experience for others. From ... Read More

Jonathan Ringdahl, Al Fairfield
 Discovering the geology of Door County and The Apostle Islands
   Algonquin - main floor Sat 9:30am-10:15am 
We get it, a lot of us struggle with trying to understand how to make rocks cool or interesting. The truth is, everyone loves paddling along scenic cliffs and among islands. There is a story in those rocks that can enhance our appreciation of some of our favorite paddling destinations. Come explore the geology of Door County and the Apostle Islands with Johnathan and Al to discover how geology is the foundation of what makes these destinations unique. It took hundreds of millions of years to ... Read More

Jeffrey Rohr
 Oh, What a Trip!
   Caribou - upstairs Sun 1:30pm-2:15pm 
Oh, What a Trip is a memoir of the first years leading up to how Jeff Rohr became a wilderness canoe guide for over 40 years. It is a humorous book that talks about the excellent adventures that most people would not embark on. The presentation will include some of these adventures and certainly would hope to inspire people to do their own excellent adventures and, most importantly, how to be successful and safe in the wilderness. The planning, including research, equipment, packing, and more ... Read More

Amy Rosebrough
 Opening the Door: The Ghost Ports of Door County
   Caribou - upstairs Fri 6:30pm-7:15pm 
Door County is renowned for its scenic paddling and stunning coastlines. In the 19th century, those quiet coastlines were the scene of bustling activity, with nearly 70 ports exporting timber, stone, and other goods and bringing in Euro-American farming and working families. Most of the small ports have vanished into history, but some have left echoes behind. The remains of some of the most spectacular of Door County’s Lake Michigan ghost ports are accessible to paddlers and visitors, and lie ... Read More

Ted Rulseh
 Lake Science: The Coloring Book: What Makes a Lake Tick?
   Caribou - upstairs Sun 2:30pm-3:15pm 
Lakes are more than pleasant surfaces on which to paddle. They are living, breathing systems that support incredibly diverse and abundant life. Here, through pictures and simple, colorful illustrations, paddlers will share an intimate look below the surface, at the physical, chemical, and biological forces that drive complex lake ecosystems, the way lakes change through the seasons, the sun’s energy and the dynamics of the food web, and the niches in which fish and other lake creatures thrive. ... Read More

Stacie & Vince Sadowski, Vince Sadowski
 Hammock Camping 101
   Caribou - upstairs Sat 9:30am-10:15am 
Curious about how to get started hammock camping? This presentation will review the basics: the advantages and disadvantages to hammocks, equipment that you can buy or make, safety tips, and Leave No Trace principles. Either for use as a primary shelter, or just an occasional add-on, hammock camping will expand your fun and comfort outdoors. Avoid common mistakes and misconceptions about hammocks. Learn about different hammock styles, sleeping positions, and yes - even sleeping with two people ... Read More

Nick Schade
 Why Would I Build My Own Wooden Boat
   Sylvania - main floor Sat 10:30am-11:15am 
“I would be afraid to put it in the water.”

I hear it all the time. While there is a long tradition of using wood in canoes and kayaks, there remains a streak of skepticism regarding using wood for serious paddling.

Learn about the benefits and joys of building your own kayak, canoe, or other small boat. In a world where you can get just about anything while sitting at your desk and have it delivered to your door within a couple days, there is something very
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LeaAnn Schroeter
 The Safe (and delicious) Wilderness Kitchen
   BWCA - main floor Sun 11:30am-12:15pm 
It has been a challenge and a delight to make wilderness food safety a priority for our family, friends, and clients. Nothing ruins a beautiful vacation more than a terrible case of food poisoning. There are tricks to planning menus, purchasing food, packing, and preparing food that I have found to be helpful, and even compliant with food-handling codes. It has always been a goal of mine to make every outdoor trip memorable on so many levels. Great food at the end of a day of adventure is truly ... Read More

Neal Schroeter
 Paddling the Apostle Islands
   Superior - main floor Sun 1:30pm-2:15pm 
The Apostle Islands are one of the best places in the world to sea kayak! Some of the history and wonderful wilderness landscape will be reviewed. Photos, videos, and some secrets will be shared from extensive personal trips. Focus will center on what it’s like and what it takes to be safe and prepared to paddle in this special National Lakeshore Park.

Neal Schroeter
 What Everyone Should Know About Cold Water Paddling
   Superior - main floor Sat 2:30pm-3:15pm 
So, you say you’ll stay warm & dry?! – famous last words! Cold water goes with paddling in the Midwest. Cold water immersion and hypothermia is one of the biggest dangers paddlers face. To stay safe, it’s necessary to have a healthy respect for the cold waters we paddle. We will consider how to prevent, recognize, and potentially treat cold water injuries. This presentation could save your life!

Bill Schultz
 Kayaking & Kayak Fishing Door County, Wisconsin
   BWCA - main floor Sat 11:30am-12:15pm 
There are few places like Door County, Wisconsin, that offer 300 miles of spectacular shoreline on both Lake Michigan and Green Bay. The beautiful waters of Door County are a destination for both recreational kayaking and kayak fishing for smallmouth bass. This talk will cover some of the best locations for recreational kayakers to experience the beauty of Door County and the best places to launch. It will also cover some of the top locations to catch and release smallmouth bass along with ... Read More

Dave Shapiro
 Knot clinic
   Atrium - upstairs Sat 1:00pm-4:00pm 
The popular Knot Clinic is back! Stop by to learn some new knots, ask a question, or show off what you learned somewhere else. Stick around to help teach other people and take a piece of rope home to practice.

Babs Smith, Rick Malchow
 Countdown to our Number One Favorite Lake Michigan and Green Bay Beach Paddles
   Sylvania - main floor Sat 3:30pm-4:15pm 
With so many beaches along Lake Michigan and Green Bay in Wisconsin, how will the brother and sister duo, Babs and Rick, develop a list of the very best? Will their good-natured sibling rivalry keep them from enumerating their favorite beach paddles? They’ll likely surprise you with a few hidden gems. Come laugh with them as they share their Countdown to their Number One Lake Michigan and Green Bay’s finest beaches you can paddle to in Wisconsin.

Donna Smith
 Fly Fishing 101 - The Beginners Guide to Fly Fishing
   Algonquin - main floor Sun 11:30am-12:15pm 
Getting started in the sport of fly fishing can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. Fly fishing has a rich history, its own language and equipment that is quite different from conventional fishing gear. In this session Donna, will talk about five basic components of fly fishing: Equipment, Knots, Casting, Fly Selection, and Resources. Let her show you that this sport can be simple, fun, and accessible! The waters throughout Wisconsin are teeming with fish of all species. A Driftless ... Read More

PJ Smith, Donna Smith
 Begin Your Fly Fishing Journey
   Atrium - upstairs Sat 1:00pm-4:00pm 
Join fishing guide PJ Smith to discover the world of fly fishing. He’ll answer questions on getting started, local fishing destinations and essential gear for a day on the water. Get a casting tuneup, learn to clean and care for your gear, or come ask questions such as, “What fly should I put on today?” Anyone can learn this sport with the right guidance. Come see what it’s all about. You might just walk away with a few pointers to begin a new journey, down by the river!

Lenore Sobota
 Overcoming Fear One Stroke at a Time
   Bear - upstairs Sun 10:30am-11:15am 
Fear can prevent us from doing stupid things but unreasonable fears can hold us back. Learn how to evaluate your fears and overcome those that stand in the way of your progress. It’s also important for paddling partners to know how to help others address their fears, too. Share what’s worked for you and what hasn’t.

Michael Stout
 The Lake Rider - Eight Great Lakes Solo Crossings
   BWCA - main floor Fri 5:30pm-6:15pm 
What started as summer fun on the local lake evolved into an obsession with extreme sport, high adventure, and personal achievement. Mike Stout’s crowning achievement was solo paddling across Lake Michigan a record-setting seven times and Lake Superior once. Stout will share with you the excitement of a new journey, the splendor of being surrounded by a magnificent sea of blue, taxing the mind and body, the worry of not surviving, and the exhilaration of completing another Great Lakes crossing.

Ben Strege, Weston Strege
 Generations Paddling Together: Nurturing a Love of Canoeing in Your Family
   Bear - upstairs Sun 2:30pm-3:15pm 
Embark on a journey with Ben and his 14-year-old son, Weston, as they share their family’s passion for canoeing. Explore the art of raising children who embrace the great outdoors and develop an authentic love for paddling. Discover Ben’s insights on introducing kids to wilderness early on, crafting a family narrative steeped in the timeless joy of canoeing. Weston, growing up amidst these adventures, provides a unique teenage perspective on the joys and challenges of canoeing as a family.
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Ben Strege
 Route Planning: Tips, Tricks, and Tools
   Caribou - upstairs Fri 3:30pm-4:15pm 
In various wilderness paddling areas, thousands of lakes are connected by thousands of portages, with a seemingly infinite number of ways to plan a paddling route. There is never a “perfect” or “one size fits all” route. What are the many things to consider when constructing routes that match up to your group’s abilities, interests, and timeline for the most safe and enjoyable adventure possible? Ben will share his own valuable lessons learned while planning and implementing dozens of trips for ... Read More

Grant Thompson, Britt Magneson
 Kayaking - Unparalleled Access to popular destinations around the world
   Caribou - upstairs Sun 10:30am-11:15am 
For over 30 years, Tofino Expeditions has led the way in sea kayaking adventures around the world. This presentation shares how kayaking in very familiar and popular places both near and far provides a completely new perspective on that place to truly understand regional culture, history, and its close connection to the water. This presentation will highlight our recent kayaking trip to the Venice Lagoons in Italy. Come along with us as we share, through photos and videos, what makes travelling ... Read More

Tamara Thomsen, Sissel Schroeder
 The Wisconsin Dugout Canoe Project
   Caribou - upstairs Sat 11:30am-12:15pm 
As a result of an intensive effort to trace more than 90 dugout canoes reported from Wisconsin, we searched local museums, historical societies, and private collections across the state, and through scuba-diving expeditions. Wisconsin dugouts have a wide variation in style and manufacturing techniques and range in age from more than 4000 years old to the early 20th century. Canoes were made from varying wood types and those that date to the last 2,000 years correlate with the 19th century ... Read More

Joshua Trombley
 The Adirondack Pack Boat (and beyond)
   Bear - upstairs Sat 4:30pm-5:15pm 
Adirondack Pack Boats were designed for Victorian-era explorers brave enough to venture into the Northeast wilderness. Still popular in New York’s Adirondack Park among a new generation of explorers, a 15-pound solo canoe has piqued the interest of paddlers far and wide. Joshua will share the history of the pack boat and its evolution into a craft that offers paddlers independence that only a lightweight boat can provide. Joshua will discuss different designs: the advantages of a double-bladed ... Read More

John Van Den Brandt
 Wisconsin Wildlife
   Algonquin - main floor Sun 10:30am-11:15am 
Professional wildlife photographer John Van Den Brandt travels the globe to capture the stunning spectacle of nature. In this all-new presentation, John trains his lens on the wondrous creatures that call Wisconsin their home. From bald eagles snatching fish off sparkling lakes to black bears lumbering up trees, experience soul-stirring moments while discovering fascinating facts about our native animals. Join John as he reveals insights into your favorite animals and uncovers some of the ... Read More

Jerry Vandiver, Amanda Healan, Caitlin Evanson
 Songs about paddling and all things outdoors!
   Algonquin - main floor Fri 6:30pm-7:15pm 
   Algonquin - main floor Sat 3:30pm-4:15pm 
   Algonquin - main floor Sun 2:30pm-3:15pm 
Award-winning singer/songwriter Jerry Vandiver and his all-acoustic trio featuring Amanda Healan (upright bass) and Caitlin Evanson (violin & fiddle), will be debuting some new songs, along with favorites from his Paddlesongs CDs. Look for several special guests joining Jerry and The One Match Band for a fun, musical, and unique addition to the Canoecopia experience. Be ready to laugh, cry, dance, and sing along.

Lloyd Vogel
 Ultralight Backpacking? What Newbies Need to Know!
   Sylvania - main floor Sat 2:30pm-3:15pm 
As someone who got their start in the outdoors through canoeing and sea kayaking, over the past 10 years I’ve developed a love for backpacking, specifically ultralight backpacking! Are you a paddler at heart who is entertaining the notion of walking on land? I’ll talk you through the gear and ethos of ultralight backpacking, and discuss the biggest things you’ll need to consider.

Kevin Wegner
 Minnesota Border Challenge; from one end to the other in under 8 days.
   BWCA - main floor Sun 10:30am-11:15am 
Embark on an extraordinary journey with Kevin, a member of the MNGreene 3-man team, as he recounts the thrilling conquest of the Kruger-Waddell Minnesota Border Challenge—a demanding 270-mile retracing of the historic Voyager route from International Falls, MN, to Grand Portage, MN, on the shores of Lake Superior, involving both paddling and portaging. Despite Kevin’s initial lack of experience, his team achieved the remarkable feat of being the first 3-man team to complete the challenge in ... Read More

Perry Whitaker
 Paddling the Middle Mississippi River: Native Americans, Early Explorers, and Steamboats
   Bear - upstairs Fri 5:30pm-6:15pm 
The 2,300-mile-long Mighty Mississippi has played a crucial role in the growth of the United States. The 200-mile section from the confluence of the Missouri River near St Louis, MO, to the confluence of the Ohio River at Cairo, IL, is referred to as the Middle Mississippi, and there you’ll encounter thousands of years of history! On that stretch of the River you’ll pass Civil War sites, countless steamboat wrecks, historic Native American villages, ghost towns, French forts, and encounter an ... Read More

Ken Whiting
 Choosing the Right Kayak with Ken Whiting
   Quetico - main floor Fri 6:30pm-7:15pm 
   Superior - main floor Sat 10:30am-11:15am 
Choosing the right kayak is a challenge, and no decision will have a bigger impact on how enjoyable and safe your paddling experience is. Having tested and reviewed over 70 kayaks ranging from $100 inflatables to $6000 sea kayaks, no one has more insight into how to choose the right kayak than author, producer, and host of the PaddleTV YouTube channel, Ken Whiting.

Verena Wildenstein, Taylor (he/him) Pace
 Amazing Rivers of Canada's Northwest Territories
   Bear - upstairs Sat 11:30am-12:15pm 
Join second generation owner/operators of Canoe North Adventures Verena Wildenstein and Taylor Pace as they introduce you to their favorite rivers in Canada’s Northwest Territories and share the many secrets that define each river trip as unique and unforgettable. Discover what makes the Keele, Mountain, Horton, and Nahanni Rivers top destinations including fishing, wildlife viewing, and varied landscapes, from the Mackenzie Mountains to the barrenlands at the Arctic coast.

Rich Williamson
 Paddling Alaska! An Introduction to Alaska’s Endless Waters!
   Caribou - upstairs Sun 11:30am-12:15pm 
When many people are asked about Alaska, they mention the mountains and glaciers that form the peak of scenic beauty. Alaska has another face to experience, the endless waters to be explored. Alaska has over 3,000,000 lakes, over 12,000 rivers, and almost 35,000 miles of shoreline to explore. While many of these places require a bush plane to access, which is great for solitude, there are numerous places to drive to, and most of those see little traffic.

It’s impossible to cover
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Jeff Wilson, Terry Daulton
 Wrong Tree: Adventures in Wildlife
   Algonquin - main floor Sat 1:30pm-2:15pm 
Jeff Wilson’s stories bring you along on his wildlife adventures, whether you ride in his canoe as he observes nesting loons, join him climbing into an eagle nest atop a super canopy pine, or crawl with him deep into a bear den. From his Iowa farm youth, Wilson’s love of adventure lured him to the Northwoods of Wisconsin where his 30+ year career as a wildlife technician for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources found him moving problem bears and beaver, assisting with research on ... Read More

Karla With a K
 Hammock Camping 201
   Caribou - upstairs Sat 10:30am-11:15am 
Dive deeper into the hammock-camping world and learn how to get the best sleep after a long paddle. We will talk about suspension, protection (tarp & bug net), hammock (style, length, & fabric) and insulation (pads, TQ / UQ, socks, and tents). We briefly mention safety, group hangs, winter camping, pets, hammock ethics and additional resources. If you have any hammock questions, this is the session to get them answered.

Jared Wold
 A Tour of Wisconsin's Wonderful Rivers
   Algonquin - main floor Sat 4:30pm-5:15pm 
This presentation will be a whirlwind tour of an important part of Wisconsin’s geography - its many river systems. From deeper dives into commonly paddled rivers such as the Wisconsin, Kickapoo, Black, Chippewa, Wolf, and Fox to fun facts such as how many rivers have the word “little” in their names, attendees will gain a new appreciation for the sheer diversity Wisconsin offers moving-water paddlers. Attendees will hopefully discover new river-paddling options whether they are interested in ... Read More

Jared Wold
 Kayak Angling for River Smallmouth
   BWCA - main floor Sat 2:30pm-3:15pm 
This presentation will help attendees get a start in river fishing for smallmouth bass out of a kayak. Attendees will learn how to choose a kayak, other gear, and appropriate tackle for targeting fish in moving water. Lures and other terminal tackle will be discussed along with techniques for casting and presentation. Techniques for safer maneuvering and positioning a kayak in moving water will also be covered. Lastly, attendees will learn some tips and tricks for planning safe, enjoyable days ... Read More

Dan Wong
 Paddling in the Northwest Territories
   BWCA - main floor Sat 4:30pm-5:15pm 
From the stunning beauty and world-class features of northern heritage rivers and Canada’s newest national park, discover your trip of a lifetime in the Arctic. Travelling from Yellowknife to Canoecopia, the Canadian North represents more than just a destination; it’s where we call home. We are stoked to share our local knowledge as leaders in Arctic paddling. We hope to spark your own true wilderness adventure. Let’s go!

Lisa Yoder
 Paddling Greece: Learn How To Do Adventure Paddling Trips
   Algonquin - main floor Fri 3:30pm-4:15pm 
Do you long to do adventure paddling but aren’t comfortable planning a big-water trip? Paddling with a quality outfitter bridges the gap between skills and adventure, as well as allowing both high-level and less-experienced paddlers to share the adventure together. Learn how to choose a quality outfitter as well as how to do an overseas trip alone or with a paddling group through the profiled 9-day paddling trip in Milos, Greece, (2023) with 13 Midwestern paddlers.

Dan York
 Kayaking the Lofoten Islands: Norway’s Craggy Crown Jewels
   Caribou - upstairs Sat 4:30pm-5:15pm 
The Lofoten Islands are a surreal seascape of soaring, snow-speckled peaks rising steeply from deep fjords, white sand beaches, and aquamarine bays. Amidst this natural splendor are historic fishing villages, small cities, and picturesque farms - all bathed in 24-hour daylight during summer months and forever changing in the moody weather of the islands’ Arctic location. It’s a kayaker’s dream destination. Dan York will share images and stories from two kayaking expeditions he has led to these ... Read More

Dan York
 Wild Rivers of the Wild West
   Sylvania - main floor Sun 11:30am-12:15pm 
Wild western whitewater rivers are the stuff of paddling dreams. They offer river runners the chance to paddle multiple days through spectacular landscapes of mountains, canyons, forests, and deserts. In this presentation Dan York will share images and experiences from multi-day kayaking trips he has taken over the past two decades down a wide variety of western rivers. His presentation will inspire you to seek out your own western adventures and guide you on how to make your own western ... Read More

Craig Zarley
 Catching Canoe Country Lake Trout
   BWCA - main floor Sat 10:30am-11:15am 
Lake trout are the most overlooked Boundary Waters and Quetico fish. Veteran canoe-country angler and author Craig Zarley will dispel the myths and mystery surrounding lake trout fishing. Most experts say you need heavy tackle and expensive crank baits or spoons to catch lake trout. But Craig will show you where, when, and how to catch these fierce fighting fish using light tackle and inexpensive jigs and twister tails. He’ll explain trout habits and demonstrate trout jigging, casting, and ... Read More

Craig Zarley
 Catching Canoe Country Walleyes: New Tips and Techniques
   Caribou - upstairs Fri 4:30pm-5:15pm 
Craig is the popular presenter of “Catching Canoe Country Walleyes” at past Canoecopias. After 60 years of canoe country walleye fishing, he’s still learning new tricks. He’ll explain seasonal walleye patterns and show you where and how to catch walleyes in spring, summer, and fall without using electronic gadgets or expensive tackle. He’ll demonstrate new techniques and strategies for drift fishing shorelines. He’ll show anglers how to keep from getting snagged while fishing with jigs. And ... Read More