Events – I Love Paddling The Blog | The Place for People Who Love to Paddle Fri, 12 May 2017 20:07:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Northern Forest Canoe Trail Paddlers Freshet Fest Tue, 10 May 2016 14:32:30 +0000 freshetfest

A full day of canoeing and kayaking in the Adirondacks! Whether you’re new to paddling or well-versed, the Paddlers Freshet Fest is for everyone. Sign up now for morning training clinics, an afternoon guided trip, and an evening dinner followed by a guest presentation.

See complete schedule at–136.

Activities include:

  • Solo Canoe Paddling Clinic
  • Tandem Canoe Paddling Clinic
  • Double-Blade Paddling Clinic
  • Moving Water Clinic
  • Afternoon Guided Trips
  • Island Tour on Lower Saranac Lake
  • Raquette River History Tour
  • Saranac River Naturalist Tour
Grab your paddles, it’s a Shootout! Wed, 04 May 2016 20:02:06 +0000 Northwoods Paddling Shootout

There’s a new paddling race event in Townsend Wi along the beautiful Townsend Flowage. The first annual Northwoods Paddlin’ Shootout, June 10th, 11th and 12th will feature five paddle sports races on a ½ mile closed course around four turns. Participants in Kayak Singles, Pro Kayak Singles, Kayak Doubles, Canoe Doubles and Paddleboard Singles will challenge the course and each other during the three day event.  Participants from the local area, around the state and the Midwest are expected to compete for cash prizes and the “Thrill of Victory.”

Hopefully the Northwoods Paddlin’ Shootout will grow to be a first class annual event and is produced by FishingBoatingOutdoor of Lakewood, Wisconsin with collaboration by selected businesses, groups and individuals.

Find out more about the Northwoods Paddlin’ Shootout >

It’s National Park Week Fri, 15 Apr 2016 20:29:06 +0000 #findyourpark! National Park Week is April 16-24, 2016]]> Voyageurs National Park Photo courtesy

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… and that means entry to each and every National Park is totally free. Its time to get out, explore and #findyourpark!

A few highlights:
April 16–24: Visit for free! Throughout National Park Week in 2016, every national park will give you free admission!
April 16: National Junior Ranger Day
April 22: Earth Day
April 23: National Park Instameet
April 24: Park Rx Day

Find A National Park Near You >

National Park Week is the time to discover national parks and the wonders they contain. Find your park! Photo courtesy National Park Service

National Park Week is the time to discover national parks and the wonders they contain. Find your park!
Photo courtesy National Park Service

Canoecopia Time! See You at the World’s Biggest Paddling Event Thu, 03 Mar 2016 12:25:53 +0000 CanoecopiaTry out new paddling gear, research trip destinations, and connect with other paddlers at Canoecopia in Madison, Wisconsin March 11-13. Stop by the booth and sign up for a chance to win a trip to the BWCAW!

Presented by paddlesports shop Rutabaga, Canoecopia features 250,000 square feet of kayaks, canoes, Stand Up Paddleboards, outdoor equipment and clothing. More than 200 manufacturers, outfitters and guides, schools and other paddling organizations are represented. Education opportunities include more than 150 seminars, speakers and clinics for inspiration, and learning everything you need to know to select, purchase and use the perfect gear for your style of paddling.

Canoecopia is held at Alliant Energy Center in Madison. Admission is $15 per day or $25 for the weekend. Visit the Canoecopia website for more information, including nearby lodging.

Visit the booth to share your stories, pick up our “I Heart Paddling” sticker, and sign up to win our BWCAW fully outfitted trip for two. The outfitting package from Bearskin Wilderness Outfitters on the Gunflint Trail, includes:

  • Kevlar canoe with paddles and life vests
  • Alps Taurus tent with ground tarp
  • Alps Mountaineering sleeping bag with micro fiber liner
  • Thermorest full length sleeping pad
  • Dining fly with rope
  • Folding saw
  • First aid kit (minimal)
  • Camp stove plus fuel
  • Water filter
  • Water bottles and jug
  • Cook kit with plates
  • Coffee percolator/tea kettle
  • Cooking/eating utensils-kitchen clean-up items and dish soap
  • Insulated food pack
  • Portage packs for gear and personal items

See you in Madison!

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Submit a Photo and Enter to Win a Shaw & Tenney Canoe Paddle Thu, 06 Aug 2015 14:29:38 +0000 More >]]> shawtenney3

Quick! This contest ends soon – submit a photo of your paddling fun to Shaw & Tenney and enter to win one of their wonderful paddles (or oars, or a gift certificate…). We’ve been fans of Shaw & Tenney for years, especially their traditional Racine and Algonquin paddles, crafted in your choice of woods, and entirely made by hand in Maine.

Entries are due by August 15, 2015 and then Voting begins, Enter Here >

More about Wooden Canoe Paddles in our Gear Guide >

(All photos courtesy of Shaw & Tenney)


Mark your calendars, the Outdoor Adventure Expo is coming soon Thu, 09 Apr 2015 20:02:02 +0000 featuremidwestexpo4

Are you ready to get summer adventures planned? Midwest Mountaineering’s Outdoor Adventure Expo is the surest sign of spring in Minneapolis. Come to the Expo for more than 120 presentations, over 100 exhibitors, sales throughout the store, and the world’s largest outdoor canoe and kayak auction! Stop by the booth to pick up your free “I heart paddling” sticker and register to win a FULLY OUTFITTED TRIP FOR TWO to the Boundary Waters ~ yes, we are giving away a canoe trip to the beautiful border lakes country! We look forward to seeing you at the Expo!

speakerspromo-1Check out just a few of this year’s Featured Speakers >

What’s New: The Expo has invited some of the most experienced paddlers in the world to answer questions about wilderness canoe tripping, find out more here > Have a question for the Discussion Panel on Wilderness Canoe Travel? Post it on our Facebook Page >

Dreaming of Paddling the Far North? Wed, 18 Mar 2015 15:32:23 +0000 farnorthemail2015

Join us at the Far North Symposium this Saturday in Saint Paul Minnesota! Get inspired by canoeists who have tested the coldest waters and paddled alongside muskox and tundra.

Bear Paulson – Snake River, Yukon, Canada
Kate Ellis/Bob O’Hara – Colville River Canoe Expedition, Alaska
Tessa Olson, Kari Smerud – Eight Rivers North Expedition, Canada
Lee Sessions – “Retracing the Steps: Across the Arctic Ungava”, Nunavik, Quebec, Canada
Mel Baughman – Snowdrift River, NWT Canada
Dave and Josie Nelson – Killik River, Alaska
Jim Gallagher/Brian Johnston – “Paddling Unnamed Rivers”, Victoria Island, Nunavut, Canada
Peter Marshall – Labrador Passage Adventure Canada

Register Online >

Canoeing Events for March April and May Mon, 02 Feb 2015 20:28:11 +0000
Rivanna River Regatta photo courtesy

Rivanna River Regatta photo courtesy

Are you desperate for spring and good padding weather? Are you ready to plan a new trip or find some fresh whitewater? Celebrate the waning winter by shaking your paddle in its face, take a Canoe Paddle Making class, attend an Outdoor Expo, or join a Canoe Race – the canoeing calendar starts… now!

Check out the 2015 Canoeing Events Calendar HERE >

Have an event to share? Post it in the comments section below and if it fits our site, we’ll add it to the Canoeing Calendar.

Summer Canoeing Events Update Tue, 01 Jul 2014 16:53:20 +0000 canoeevents2014

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The warm days of summer have finally arrived and its time to grab your paddle, PFD, and a partner and get that canoe out in the water. Want to sharpen some skills or put them to the test? Here are just a few exciting paddling events to put on your calendar:

July 12-13, 2014 – The Wisconsin Canoe Racing Association invites you to their Annual Wisconsin River Canoe and Kayak Races – learn how to move a canoe or kayak more efficiently through the water, and to try your hand at one of the most rewarding competitive sports there is! MORE >

July 13-18, 2014 – The 2014 Adirondack Canoeing Symposium courses include competent paddling; Tandem and Solo, Freestyle, Paddling the Inside Circle, Sit & Switch Touring, Creek Running, Canadian Style Solo, High Kneel Thrusts, Gimbals and Private Sessions with Instructors of choice. MORE >

July 23-26, 2014 – Boy Scouts of America White River Canoe Race – One of the most unique, challenging, and fun scouting events in the country, the White River Canoe Race will take you down some of the most scenic country in America. MORE >

August 16-17, 2014 – The Wooden Canoe Heritage Association will host its Upper Great Lakes Regional Assembly on the shores of Shell Lake with a wooden boat show, demonstrations, vendors, canoe trips, and swap meet. MORE >

August 23, 2014 – Help conserve the Missouri River, join a canoe race and enjoy an amazing riverside Festival in St. Charles MO with the Race for the Rivers. MORE >


Find more in our Canoeing Events Calendar >

If you have an event to share, leave a comment or send us your link here >


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Find Your Way to the Far North Symposium Wed, 19 Mar 2014 16:38:11 +0000 Learn about exploring some of the wildest rivers in North America at the Minnesota Canoe Association’s annual Far North Symposium in St. Paul, MN on March 22nd.

Nine presentations will cover paddling rivers in Canada and Alaska, with several reports of epic trips, a primer on organizing your own trip from the legendary Bob O’Hara, and a preview of one epic expedition planned for this year.

Saturday, March 22, 2014
Metro State University
700 East 7th Street, St. Paul, MN 55106
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Register online by March 20th for $20. Tickets are $25 at the door.

This year’s slideshows and video presentations traverse the North American continent, including:

  • 1,200 mile, 70 day, expedition from Ely to Hudson Bay using an unconventional route,
  • Bob O’Hara and friends’s trip in our country’s largest protected watershed (see’s interview with participant Nate Ptacek),
  • The Gataga River in British Columbia,
  • A family trip on the Elk and Thelon Rivers, Nunavut
  • The Cree River in Northern Saskatchewan, and
  • A ‘way far’ north adventure on the Nanook and Kuujjua Rivers located on Victorian Island, Nunavut.

Also featured will be a presentation by Peter Marshall about his plans to retrace Mina Hubbard’s historic 1905 canoe journey through Labrador.

The symposium is presented by Minnesota Canoe Association,, Cooke Custom Sewing, Midwest Mountaineering, and Metro State University.

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