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


  John Bates


John Bates has worked as a naturalist in Wisconsin's Northwoods for 30 years, and is the author of nine books and a contributor to seven others. His most recent book is "Our Living Ancestors: The History and Ecology of Old-Growth Forests in Wisconsin (and where to find them)." He was recently featured in a "Brief But Spectacular" segment on the PBS News Hour. His new book on the last and best wild lakes to paddle in Wisconsin will be released in the fall of 2021. He has served on the Board of Trustees for the Wisconsin Nature Conservancy, the Wisconsin Humanities Council, and the River Alliance of Wisconsin. He currently serves on the Board of the Northwoods Land Trust and the Board for the Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame. John and his wife, fiber artist Mary Burns, live on the Manitowish River in Iron County where they raised two daughters.


 Keynote Species of Northern Waters
Live Q&A Only - Sun 1:00pm-2:00pm 

We return again and again to particular lakes and rivers because of their beauty, and ultimately what we feel as their spirit. While each of us experiences a place differently according to our individual perceptions, there are certain species that seem to speak to all of us, and which in many ways define the spirit of wild places. Come celebrate an array of northern keynote species, from plants to animals, that seem to universally evoke our strongest connections and our deepest connections.

 Wild Lakes: Paddling Northern Wisconsin’s Most Beautiful Undeveloped Lakes
Live Q&A Only - Sat 2:00pm-3:00pm 

Wild, undeveloped lakes offer rich ecological and aesthetic treasures, from wildlife viewing to sheer beauty and peace. John Bates has worked over the last three years to identify all of the wild lakes remaining in Wisconsin, and has paddled 65 of them with another 40 or so to go this spring. Come find out where some of the top wild lakes are and why they're remarkable.

Canoecopia is presented by Rutabaga Paddlesports