Contact(s): Paul Holtan, DNR State Park, Forests, Trails and Recreation public affairs manager, 608-267-7517
MADISON -Visitors to Canoecopia in Madison March 10-12 can find information about paddling and camping on some of the state's premier whitewater and quiet water rivers, learn how to stay safe on the water and purchase Wisconsin State Park admission stickers by visiting Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources displays in the exhibit hall and lobby.
Visitors also will be able to pick up a free paddle guide to state natural areas they can explore by canoe and kayak, enter a free drawing for the bald eagle license plate that is a fundraiser for endangered species, and sign up for fishing and hunting for food classes.
Canoecopia, at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, is the largest paddle sports consumer event in the world, and includes more than 250,000 square feet of kayaks, canoes, standup paddleboards, outdoor equipment and clothing and more than 140 seminars, speakers and clinics. Ticket prices are $15 for a day pass and $25 for a weekend pass - visitors ages 17 and receive free admission. Show hours are as follows:
More information regarding this annual event can be found at www.Canoecopia.com (exit DNR).
Wisconsin State Park admission stickers will be available for purchase at DNR's exhibit and staff from a number of programs will be on hand to share tips to stay safe on the water and help people sign up for fishing and hunting for food courses throughout Wisconsin.
A free paddle guide to state natural areas will help outdoor enthusiasts find a new favorite destination, and a drawing will be held for the bald eagle license plate - a fundraiser for endangered species. Visitors interested in helping DNR staff monitor a number of species can also learn more about volunteer opportunities for paddlers to help survey birds, bats, mussels, frogs, toads and more.
The department's Wisconsin Wild Harvest initiative will feature a display to promote sustainable lifestyles and encourage people to make Wisconsin's fish and wildlife a part of a 50-mile diet, as part of paddlers' lives.
DNR will also hold recreational safety education programs at Canoecopia to teach and train beginners to be safe in various forms of recreation.
Wisconsin state parks, forests and recreation areas offer a wide variety of paddling opportunities, including designated water trails.
(Wisconsin's State Natural Areas are a great place to enjoy your time on the water.) DNR photo
The Bois Brule and the Flambeau rivers are two of Wisconsin premier paddling destinations - both offer stretches of quiet water paddling and whitewater activities and extensive stretches within state forest property that offer campgrounds near the river at the Brule River State Forest and riverside campsites at the Flambeau River State Forest.
The Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest, home to 2,300 lakes in Vilas and Oneida counties, is also a great destination to enjoy time on the water and features a number of designated canoe routes. The forest itself has more than 900 lakes and 300 miles of rivers, with more than 100 remote water-access only campsites for paddlers