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
||Dan is a lifetime paddler, beginning when he learned canoeing basics with the Boy Scouts. In college he learned whitewater kayaking and has been an avid river runner ever since. While he enjoys all types of paddling, his favorite trips are multiday whitewater runs on wild rivers of the West. Closer to home Dan enjoys kayaking on Wisconsin's many fine whitewater runs as well as flatwater canoeing with family and friends. He has been an active leader and instructor over his long paddling career. Lately Dan's paddling passion has turned to sea kayaking with a return expedition planned in 2023 to the Lofoten Islands in far northern Norway.
The Upper Midwest is a paddling paradise, blessed with a bounty of lakes and rivers. Getting started paddling canoes or kayaks can be confusing, even intimidating. There are so many choices, how do you choose what's right for you? This session will introduce you to the wide, wonderful world of paddlesports. Dan York will cover the basics of boat selection, gear, safety, and places to paddle. The goal is to demystify paddling and get you out on the water to pursue your own paddling dreams, however mild or wild.
Whitewater paddling has an image problem. It's seen as an extreme sport practiced by 20-something adrenaline junkies hurtling off huge waterfalls. The truth is that whitewater can be enjoyed by a wide range of paddlers. There is a world of wonderful rivers with modest rapids that pose minimal risks. In this presentation Dan York will show the peace, even calmness, that can be found on rapid rivers. Whitewater is not just for thrill-seekers, but for any paddler wishing to explore wild rivers and enjoy the dance of flowing water.