347 days left until Canoecopia!     March 8 - 10
Canoecopia is presented by

Presenting Sponsor

Alliant Energy Center
1919 Alliant Energy Way
Madison, Wisconsin

Show Hours
Friday: 3 PM to 8 PM
Saturday: 9 AM to 6 PM
Sunday: 10 AM to 4 PM

1-Day: $15.00
3-Day: $30.00
Ages 17 and under are FREE
Cash or check only for tickets purchased at the event

Parking Fees
1-Day: $8.00
Cash or credit, fees collected by Alliant Energy Center


  Vern Fish


Vern Fish is the former Executive Director of the Black Hawk County Conservation Board in Waterloo, Iowa. He has run wild rivers from the Mexican border to Hudson Bay and north to the Arctic Circle. He completed the Ontario Parks Northwest Wilderness Quest in 2018.

Vern is currently the President of the Friends of Wabakimi. He also serves on the board of directors of the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation Board and the Conservation Corps of Iowa/Minnesota. He is an elected commissioner on the Black Hawk County Soil & Water Conservation District.


Vern Fish, Beth Rausch
 Boreal Birds & The Big River
Caribou - upstairs Fri 5:30pm-6:15pm 
Voyageur - Clarion Hotel Sun 11:30am-12:15pm 
The Big River is actually a little river that flows through a remote segment of the Wabadowgang Noopming Forest three hours north of Thunder Bay, Ontario. This small river is an historic canoe route with outstanding wilderness values. We explored this wild river with a paddle, bird book and an audio recorder. Waterfalls, rapids, rugged portages and species at risk can still be found along this challenging wilderness canoe route.

Birds are great environmental indicators. Two organizations, the Friends of Wabakimi and Ontario Nature formed a partnership to conduct a bird survey of the Big River Watershed. This survey was used as an argument to protect bird habitat and the wilderness values of the Big River canoe route. "This trip was a great demonstration of combining efforts and resources for a common goal of protecting natural spaces and species," said Kristen Setala, Ontario Nature.