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
||Karrie joined the Northern Forest Canoe Trail team as executive director in 2014. She is continually inspired by the vision of connecting people to the Northern Forest through outdoor recreation. She is an avid paddler with a passion for wilderness canoe tripping and whitewater kayaking. She was quite surprised to fall in love with competing in the 90-Miler in 2017 given her general dislike of flatwater, but the sense of community and friendly competition was infectious. Adding the event to NFCT's programs is a perfect fit.
Brian McDonnell is an outdoor guide, outfitter, educator, paddle sport event organizer and participant in all aspects of the Adirondack Community Experience. He has competed in paddling events from Florida to the Yukon. He finished 13 Adirondack Canoe Classics prior to becoming the race manager in 1999. He and his wife and business partner Grace, who has completed 25 90 Mile Classics, managed the event for 23 years prior to transitioning the 90 Miler to the NFCT last year. The McDonnell's increased participation, partnered with government agencies and civic organizations and supported small businesses along the route.
The Adirondack Canoe Classic - better known as the 90-Miler - leads paddlers over three days through the first 90 miles of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. Charming historic communities, stunning landscapes and 6.1 million acres including more than 10,000 lakes, and 30,000 miles of rivers and streams surrounded by old growth forests and high peaks. Founded to tempt paddlers with the lure of the Adirondack landscapes and towns, over the decades, this event has cultivated a dedicated community of paddlers who come back year after year to reconnect through a spirit of competition and support. Participants include people of all ages, paddling all types of crafts, with an endless gradation of competitive intent. Hear the stories of people overcoming personal challenges, multi-generational teams forging new bonds over the years and passing miles, and intense competition among national caliber athletes. In 2021 the event ran for the 38th year. Brian and Grace McDonnell under the umbrella of the Adirondack Watershed Alliance have been guiding this successful event for decades. Now the Northern Forest Canoe Trail is in the process of taking on the care and feeding of this community. Learn how you might be part of the excitement and challenge over the coming decades.