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March 2018

23rd Annual Quiet Water Symposium

March 3
Michigan State University Pavilion, 4301 Farm Ln
East Lansing, MI 48910 United States
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The Quiet Water Symposium celebrates non-motorized outdoor recreation and a shared concern for our Great Lakes Environment. At the Symposium visitors will find presentations by world famous authors, photographers, and expedition travelers. Other presentations may cover skills, safety, local and distant destinations. There may be presentations on bicycling, sailing, diving, and history. Those who have not visited this event in the last few years will be amazed at its growth and diversity. Last year’s Symposium featured over 200 exhibits, speakers…

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Canoecopia 2018

March 9 - March 11
Alliant Energy Center, 1919 Alliant Energy Way
Madison, WI 53713 United States
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Canoecopia is the largest paddlesports consumer event in the world. More than 250,000 square feet of kayaks, canoes, stand up paddleboards, outdoor equipment and clothing, all at the best prices of the season, make Canoecopia a "must go" place for gear! Over 140 seminars and clinics make Canoecopia an educational event where you can learn about the perfect gear for your style of paddling, develop skills to get you where you want to go, and discover some of the many…

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Far North Symposium

March 24
St. Louis Park Recreation Center, 3700 Monterey Drive MN 55416 United States + Google Map

Stories, presentations, photographs, maps and more from the Far North – get inspired and plan the trip of a lifetime! Featured programs include: Thlewiaza River Nunavut Canada, Utukok River Arctic Alaska above lat 69, Thoa River and part of Tazin River, North West Territories...

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April 2018

National Parks Week

April 13 - April 23

Every year during the month of April, the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation invite everyone to celebrate America's treasured places during National Park Week. Join the fun! National Park Week, April 15 – 23, is a great time to #FindYourPark (o mejor dicho, #EncuentraTuParque) and show our treasured national parks that you care.

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Ottawa Outdoor & Adventure Travel Show

April 21 - April 22

The Ottawa Outdoors & Adventure Travel Show is the largest outdoor & adventure travel event in the National Capital region. Set in spring, it launches the season as we showcase the latest in the industry’s products and services that are guaranteed to ignite and nurture the passion of the outdoor enthusiast.

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Gig Harbor Paddlers Cup and Expo

April 21 - April 22

The Gig Harbor Paddlers Cup, held at scenic Skansie Brothers Park, is the premiere event for Pacific Northwest canoe, kayak, paddleboard and outrigger athletes and enthusiasts alike. This two-day event features competitive racing for the expert and novice as well as youth paddlers. On shore hosts a complete expo with the industry’s top manufacturers, clubs, retailers, non-profit organizations and more. Proceeds from the Paddlers Cup benefit the Gig Harbor Canoe & Kayak Racing Team. Location: Gig Harbor, WA

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Charleston Outdoor Fest

April 21 - April 22

Whether you’re a devoted outdoor sporting enthusiast or just beginning to explore nature’s playground, you’ll find your perfect fit for fun and fitness at this amazing three-day festival. Canoeing, kayaking, paddleboarding, rock climbing, slacklining, mountain biking, archery—even disc golf—there’s something for everyone! The 28th annual East Coast Paddlesports Symposium is a 3-day immersion in the history, technique, hands-on experience, and fun of kayaking, canoeing, SUP, and more. The symposium is the heart of the Charleston Outdoor Fest, and paddling enthusiasts…

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Outdoor Adventure Expo

April 27 - April 29
Midwest Mountaineering, 309 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55454 United States
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Join all of your like-minded friends at the Midwest Mountaineering store, the big-top tents, and the University of Minnesota campus for Over 100 exhibitors including local environmental nonprofits, trail organizations, outfitters, ski areas, tourism promoters, etc., over 120 Presentations about everything outdoor related. Special events include the Canoe & Kayak Auction, Paddlesports Demo, and the The Radical Reels Tour. Get product information from manufacturers’ representatives, eat wonderful treats and meals from our food vendors. Admission is FREE!

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French Broad River Classique Canoe and Kayak Race

April 28

The French Broad Classique has paddling events for competitors of every experience level and craft: canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards. Competitors can come for one or both days and are welcome to switch to different boats or different classes. Location: Asheville, NC

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New York Paddlefest and Outdoor Expo 2018

April 28 - April 29

April 28 & 29 in Saratoga Springs We're busy planning for the 2018 Paddlefest! Please check back in February 2018 for the details! Below is some information regarding last year's events.

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May 2018

Adirondack Paddlefest & Outdoor Expo 2018

May 18 - May 19
Mountainman Outdoor Supply Company, 2855 Rte. 28
Old Forge, NY 13420 United States
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Adirondack Paddlefest is the largest on-water canoe and kayak sale in the country and features over 75 of the leading manufacturers of canoes, kayaks, and accessories. Over 1,000 canoes and kayaks will be on sale all weekend at special show prices. Our on-water location in Old Forge offers a large beach for test paddling, close accommodations and restaurants, and ample parking. Nestled within beautiful mountains and lakes, Old Forge is the gateway to the western Adirondacks and the proposed Great…

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Driftless Sports Convergence

May 19
Onalaska Omni Center, 255 Riders Club Rd
Onalaska, WI 54650 United States
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The Convergence is an act of coming together – all silent sports – here in the Driftless Region of the Midwest.  50,000 square feet of kayaks, canoes, bikes, camping, fishing, archery, hiking, equipment and information brought to you by some of the Nation’s top experts and retailers. A spectacle of all things outdoors to tempt you to learn new skills, upgrade your equipment and make new friends! To cap it all off – we throw a party with food trucks…

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Lizard Creek Fort Dodge, Iowa Whitewater Paddling

May 19

We will put in at either Hwy P29 (Lentsch Access) which will require 13.6 miles of paddling or P41 (Rasch Access) which will shorten the trip to less than six miles. The upper stretches of this paddle include several very nice riffles and small drops. The last couple of miles include the Gypsum Miles Rapids (Class I-II), a boulder field and another Class I drop through a breached low head dam before arriving at Phinney Park.

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50th Annual General Clinton Canoe Regatta

May 25 - May 28

Imagine paddling a canoe 70 miles in one day, challenging the elements and testing your endurance against the unpredictable Susquehanna River in upstate New York. The General Clinton Canoe Regatta has over 50 races in one or two person classes, including: Generation Gap Relay, Race Relay, Scout Races, 1-man 18 mile sprint, youth races, 70 mile amateur endurance races, spring, and the 70 mile pro endurance races.

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June 2018

Mid-American Canoe & Kayak Race

June 3

This historic Mid-American Canoe & Kayak Race is an amateur canoe race for paddlers of all ages and abilities. There are 11 canoe divisions, 8 kayak divisions and 1 non-competitive division. Famously fun times! This popular canoe/kayak race is for paddlers of all ages and abilities, featuring 11 canoe divisions, 8 kayak divisions and 1 open (non-competitive) division. From the ultra-competitive, experienced  river runners to young families and newbies just wanting to enjoy a memorable paddling experience on the Fox…

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Texas Water Safari

June 8 - June 9

The ‘World’s Toughest Canoe Race’ Starting at the Cuero Highway 236 bridge and ending at Victoria City Park, this great race is run over 39 miles of the fastest water on the Texas Water Safari course. Finishing positions in the Texas River Marathon, also fondly known as “The Prelim”, are used to determine starting positions in the Safari itself, (with one position on each row being set aside for out-of-state teams whose members cannot all make it to Texas in…

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Maine Canoe Symposium

June 8 - June 10
Camp Winona , 35 Winona Road
Bridgton, ME 04009 United States
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Established in 1986, the Maine Canoe Symposium is a volunteer-run, nonprofit weekend event held annually at Camp Winona on Moose Pond in Bridgton, Maine.  The Symposium allows participants of all ages to develop an understanding and appreciation of  the diversity of North American canoeing heritage and to develop canoeing and related skills through educational workshops, presentations, and hands-on instruction. 2018 Featured Evening Speakers Friday Evening: Garrett Connover ~ "Wildwater North" Saturday Evening: Brad Krog ~ “1,000 mile Yukon Endurance Challenge, An Epic…

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Big Cobb River, Southern Minnesota Whitewater Paddling

June 9 - June 10

This river offers about six miles of almost continuous Class I and II whitewater. The whitewater runs are not technical and are a good introduction for someone wanting to learn how to run whitewater. It also has a very short shuttle (2 miles) which allows time to run this stretch of the river more than once in a day. Our plan is to run it once on Saturday...

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Wooden Boat Show & Summer Solstice Festival

June 22 - June 24
North House Folk School, 500 Highway 61 West
Grand Marais, MN 55604 United States
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Rows of hand-made and unique watercraft, a boat parade, craft demonstrations, an evening square dance, boat and tool auction, chili and brats...there’s a bit of everything during our Wooden Boat Show and Summer Solstice Festival. Try your hand at a workshop or course; be inspired by the stories of boat builders, sailors and travelers; plan your next adventure. Join us as we welcome the summer season in the best way possible: talking boats, celebrating community and hanging out on the…

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Yukon River Quest

June 27 - July 1

The 715-kilometer (444-mile) wilderness adventure paddling race is held on the Yukon River from Whitehorse to Dawson City in Canada’s Yukon Territory. The YRQ is the world’s longest annual canoe and kayak race. It is known as the “Race to the Midnight Sun,” as paddlers race round-the-clock under a sky that never gets dark. There are just two mandatory rest stops of 10 hours over the course of the entire event. 4061-4th Ave., Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada Y1A 1H1

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