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


  Steven Nelson


Steven Nelson has traveled the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and Quetico for over 40 years. He and his family own and operate Spirit of the Wilderness Outfitters in Ely, Minnesota. He has guided groups focusing on wilderness canoeing and fishing. His business is noted for personal service and introducing groups to the wilderness. In 2008-2010, Spirit of the Wilderness was chosen as 1 of 10 top bait shops in Minnesota to be featured on ExploreMinnesota.com . Join Steve as he provides details on traveling the BWCA along with entertaining stories of the wilderness.


Steven Nelson
 Explore BWCA Sites to Visit
Superior - main floor Sat 3:30pm-4:15pm 
Superior - main floor Sun 2:30pm-3:15pm 
A Boundary Waters (BWCAW) canoe trip is more than paddling, camping, and portaging. Numerous historical, cultural and geologic sites exist that most wilderness travelers paddle right past. Join Steve Nelson as he guides you to sites to visit that will enhance your next BWCA trip with map locations, photos, entertaining stories and more.

Steven Nelson
 Plan & Pack for a Successful BWCA Trip
Superior - main floor Sun 1:30pm-2:15pm 
The Boundary Waters (BWCAW) draws many people to experience a wilderness adventure with paddling, camping, portaging, beautiful sunsets, and so much more. Planning and packing is crucial for a successful and memorable trip. Join Ginny Nelson, outfitter manager from Ely MN as she provides what you need to know about BWCAW permit details, what route to take, what to pack, what NOT to take, items to keep you safe and stories to keep you entertained.