Welcome to Rutabaga Outdoor Adventures! Join us for a class, camp, or trip to explore local waterways and finesse your paddling skills. Rutabaga has been teaching canoe, kayak, and stand-up paddling for over 30 years. We're sure to have an adventure that will be right for you!

Featured Programs

Sunset Paddles

The days are getting longer, the temperatures are getting warmer so that can only mean one thing...it's paddling season! Our Sunset Series Paddling Trips start on Thursday, April 28th. This series of relaxed 2 hour paddling trips features a rotating cast of locations around the Madison area to explore the natural resource that abounds in Madison...water access. Register now!

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Sea Kayak Basics

Ready to learn to sea kayak? Get off to a fun and safe start with our six-hour Sea Kayak Basics class. You'll learn wet exits, efficient forward and turning strokes, basic rescues and much more. It all adds up to a day filled with physical activity and learning as you develop skill, build muscles and boost the confidence you need to enjoy protected waters.

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Canoe Camping Skill Builder Series

Are you ready to combine your love of paddling and camping into one? Join us for the 2022 Canoe Camping Skill Builder (CCSB) Series! We've developed a series of clinics and local trips to help aspiring canoe campers prepare for a backcountry canoe trip. The highlight of this series is the 3 day Canoe Camping Trip to the Northern Highlands American Legion (NHAL) State Forest over Labor Day Weekend.

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July 7th-11th, 2022
Check out our yearly sea kayaking event up in Door County WI! A weekend full of learning and adventure!

For the go getters, we offer rentals and storage at Olbrich Park on Lake Monona.

See our full line up of classes, trips and events!