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


  Tamara Thomsen


Tamara Thomsen is the discoverer of the Lake Mendota Dugout Canoe cache. She works as a Maritime Archaeologist with the Wisconsin Historical Society. Her research and fieldwork have resulted in the nomination of fifty-nine submerged sites to the National Register of Historic Places.


Tamara Thomsen
 The Discovery, Recovery, and Preservation of the Lake Mendota Dugout Canoes
Caribou - upstairs Fri 4:30pm-5:15pm 
Caribou - upstairs Sun 1:30pm-2:15pm 
The recent discovery of a series of cached dugout canoes in Lake Mendota (Madison, Wisconsin) demonstrates that water transportation extends back thousands of years and adds evidence to use of Wisconsin's inland waterways as transportation corridors to collect resources since the region was first occupied.

Learn about the discovery, recovery, documentation, and preservation of the Lake Mendota dugout canoes. Understand how these canoes have led to a reinvestigation of the region's climate and lake levels more than 3,000 years ago. Discover how these canoes give us a greater understanding of Wisconsin's prehistoric maritime landscape and the people who lived in this region.