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
Cash or credit, fees collected by Alliant Energy Center
||Ben is a third-generation wilderness paddler, and he has the fourth generation hooked on it. He is a part-time Boundary Waters guide and a full-time paddling enthusiast. Ben's dad took him on his first canoe trip when he was 12, and he has had a passion for it ever since. When Ben started planning his own canoe trips, he used paper maps, string, a ruler, and a calculator to plan routes. Even though he enjoyed spending hours pouring over the maps, he found that he needed a more efficient way to get it done. To that end, he created the Paddle Planner website. Ben has operated Paddle Planner for the past 12 years. He still spends hours pouring over maps, but now his work benefits thousands of other paddlers.
In various wilderness paddling areas, thousands of lakes are connected by thousands of portages, with a seemingly infinite number of ways to plan a paddling route. There is never a "perfect" or "one size fits all" route. What are the many things to consider when constructing routes that match up to your group's abilities, interests, and timeline for the most safe and enjoyable adventure possible? Ben will share his own valuable lessons learned while planning and implementing dozens of trips for various groups. You will also learn how to use a variety of tools to plan routes, including Paddle Planner, a website that Ben created to make route planning easy and fun.