Contact(s): Paul Holtan, DNR State Park, Forests, Trails and Recreation public affairs manager, 608-267-7517
MADISON --Visitors to Canoecopia in Madison March 9-11 can find information about paddling and camping on some of the state's premier whitewater and quiet rivers and buy 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 free guides to state natural areas and to some of the native wildlife they may encounter on their trips, 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 the department's Wisconsin Wild Harvest initiative will feature a display about classes paddlers can take to help them get started in taking an active role in putting meat on the table by fishing and hunting.
A free guide to state natural areas will help outdoor enthusiasts find recommended sites for paddling, wildflower viewing, scenic vistas and archaeological sites and more. 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.