Canoecopia is presented by
Alliant Energy Center
1919 Alliant Energy Way
Friday: 3 PM to 8 PM
Saturday: 9 AM to 6 PM
Sunday: 10 AM to 4 PM
Ages 17 and under are FREE
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Access for 90 days
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||Randy grew up in Oregon, Illinois and started boating at an early age. His father was a teacher and taught swimming, sailing, and canoeing in the summer months. This early exposure led to experiences like building a houseboat with friends in high school, attending the US Coast Guard Academy with myriad boating chances, dragging a motorboat all around the American Southwest, SCUBA diving in every puddle or ocean on the way, and working 6 years repairing boats on San Francisco Bay. He returned to Oregon, IL and the banks of the Rock River in 1985. Water skiing and canoe camping in the summer, and sledding and ice skating in the winter kept the family entertained. His wife and the kids still share the love of paddling. Randy moved on from power boating, and now owns a respectable fleet of nine small boats, including two kayaks, three canoes (two with sail rigs), and a 15 foot sailboat. The canoes and kayaks are in constant use. Randy also enjoys playing the country and bluegrass on the harmonica, telemark skiing when there is snow, and high school sports, especially wrestling. He lives about a mile from the Rock River on five acres and has a Ford 8N tractor that is the same age as he is. He and the tractor are both a challenge to keep going. He had a variety of jobs before he started a swimming pool repair and service business in 1989, saving and beautifying pools until he retired in January of 2020. He is known in Oregon as that crazy guy who always has a kayak on top of his car, which of course, makes it very easy to spot in a parking lot.
Randy has a wide variety of boating experiences and has evolved to embrace the silent water sports. Eleven years ago he set, and met, a goal of 100 straight days of paddling. Since that early benchmark, Randy has averaged over 200 days a year on the water, including streaks of 247 and 304 consecutive days, all in the upper Midwest. What does it take to paddle daily, and what are the benefits? The "Why's" and the "How To's" will be mixed with tales of the adventures and the rewards that can be found in your backyard every day. He will also share a few one-of-a-kind events, only experienced because he was on the water when they happened.