299 days left until Canoecopia!     March 13 - 15
Canoecopia is presented by Rutabaga Paddlesports


  Babs Smith & Rick Malchow


Babs Smith is the author of "Day Tripping: Kayak Wisconsin Door County Peninsula: Bluffs, Beaches, Lighthouses, and Shipwrecks: and her new book "Day Tripping: Kayak Wisconsin Lake Michigan Water Trail: Sturgeon Bay to Chicago." Babs and her brother Rick hope that their experience exploring Wisconsin's Lake Michigan Water Trail for non-motorized water recreation helps you enjoy the incredible beauty of the Green Bay and Wisconsin's side of Lake Michigan, and the rivers that flow into it.


 A Kayak's Eye View: Chicago River and Skyline
Pre-recorded - Fri 2:00pm-3:00pm 

Chicago, Chicago, we'll show you around! The famous skyscrapers, the Riverwalk, a Chinatown park, the bridges, and cool architecture. Our visual tour starts at Richard Daley Park on the Chicago Shipping Canal, then east on the main branch of the river, and through the lock to enjoy Navy Pier and the incredible skyline. Chicago, Chicago, have the time of your life!

 Illinois Lake Michigan Water Trail Highlights
Pre-recorded - Sat 10:00am-11:00am 

From the Illinois Beach State Park to 12th Street in downtown Chicago, we'll share the trials and tribulations of paddling the Lake Michigan shoreline in Illinois. Discover the launch sites that actually work, along with awe inspiring reasons to paddle the Illinois Lake Michigan Water Trail: the best sand dunes on Lake Michigan in all of Illinois, the Great Lakes Naval Center, Openlands Lakeshore Beach, magnificent mansions, the North Chicago Beaches, Chicago's free beaches, and the trillion-dollar skyline views of Chicago!

 Wisconsin Lake Michigan Water Trail Top Ten Paddles
Live Q&A Only - Fri 6:00pm-7:00pm 

Having paddled from Door County to Illinois, the brother and sister duo, Babs and Rick, will endeavor to choose their Top Ten Wisconsin Lake Michigan Water Trail paddles, complete with launch sites and take out spots for each of the top ten. Come and explore the incredible turquoise waters of Lake Michigan, with the bluffs, beaches, lighthouses, and skylines!

Canoecopia is presented by Rutabaga Paddlesports