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
Cash or check only for tickets purchased at the event
Access for 90 days
Cash or credit, fees collected by Alliant Energy Center
||Boozhoo (Ojibwe greeting)
Steve Ballou is an Interpretive Ranger at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore where he performs a variety of duties mainly focused on connecting people to the wonders of the Islands and the Great Lakes Environment through educational and experiential outreach. As part of connecting the park and its rangers to people Steve "launched" a kayak ranger program in 2018 that facilitates placed-based interaction with visitors along the mainland sea caves and not so unintentionally makes his job that much more awesome.
A geologist by training, Steve previously worked in an academic setting and served as a seasonal ranger in Yellowstone National Park for over a decade before coming to the Apostle Islands. He enjoys several silent sports but loves to paddle among the islands more than anything, and is excited to present "Kayaking in the Apostle Islands" (no life jacket required, or for that matter you don't even need a kayak, but bring your paddle in case we inadvertently find ourselves up a creek).
The Apostle Islands have been many things to people for centuries, and 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 paddle through sea caves, sleep under the stars, and navigate this inland sea. Join Ranger Steve Ballou as he explores the center of the kayaking universe, celebrating our place on Gitchigami, and start planning your next trip to Apostle Islands.