We’re live at Canoecopia this weekend!

Stop by the Friends booth now through Sunday afternoon.

It’s show time! We hope you’ll join us this weekend at Canoecopia – the world’s largest paddlesport show, in Madison, Wisconsin. It’s a great place to learn about all things related to paddlesports and adventuring as well as a retail show with just about every imaginable boat, board, paddle or accessory. And we all know that the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is an amazing place to paddle!

We’ve set up our Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore booth on the main show floor and filled it with collectible fine art prints, Friends merchandise and more. We’ve got lots of information about the park we love and are ready to answer your questions.

We want to meet you! Stop by tonight, Saturday or Sunday at the Alliant Energy Center, or join virtually online.

  • We love to talk about the park and how we're working to make your next experience there the best ever. What do you want to know?
  • We've got all kinds of keepsakes, books and more for sale, with proceeds benefiting the park we love.
  • Fine art prints capture the islands in all of their beauty. You can order one at the show. Proceeds benefit the park, as always.
  • Stop by the Friends booth now through Sunday afternoon.
  • We'll see you on the main show floor. Be sure to stop by and say hello.
  • Get your limited edition 50th Anniversary swag and other Apostle islands keepsakes while they last.
  • Apostle Islands bandanas

Executive Director Jeff Rennicke

Don’t miss Executive Director Jeff Rennicke’s presentation, Saturday and Sunday afternoons. You can be part of the in-person audience, in the Superior Room on the main floor, Saturday at 2:30 p.m. or in the Superior Room again on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Jeff’s presentation will also be available virtually for online show attendees.

Here’s a description of Jeff’s presentation, “With New Eyes: Find A Sense of Place in the Apostle Islands” from the show program:

“The real journey of discovery,” wrote Marcel Proust “consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” For more than 20 years, Jeff Rennicke traveled the globe as a writer and photographer seeking stories in new landscapes, seeking the wondrous in exotic places. But it took coming home to the Apostle Islands to show him real beauty, real wonder, and a lasting sense of place.

In this presentation, Rennicke tells of the joys and frustrations of coming to find the beauty in his own backyard – kayaking, hiking, seeking the northern lights on the frozen back of Lake Superior, and listening to the landscape of the Apostles. Filled with philosophy, inspiration, and real hands-on techniques, this presentation will open your eyes again to your own backyard, wherever you live, and having you seeing the world “with new eyes.”

We also want to make sure you know about NPS Interpretive Ranger Steve Ballou’s presentation, “Kayaking in the Apostle Islands.” This presentation is available online only. You can buy tickets to the online presentations on the Canoecopia webstie.

Steve Ballou, NPS Photo

“The Apostle Islands have been many things to people for centuries, and for over 50 years Apostle Islands National Lakeshore has drawn people from all over the world to experience the beauty and rugged wilderness of these islands and Lake Superior. What does it take to paddle and camp in this special place? Are you prepared to travel the waters of Lake Superior safely? With proper planning and preparation, you can paddle through sea caves, sleep under the stars, and navigate this inland sea. Join Ranger Steve Ballou as he explores the center of the kayaking universe, celebrating our place on Gitchigami, and start planning your next trip to Apostle Islands.”



Canoecopia is easy to get to – just off the Beltline in Madison. Get more information on attending Canoecopia in-person or virtually, here: https://www.rutabaga.com/canoecopia/page.asp?pgid=1001. We’ll see you soon!