Call for Funding Requests
The Minnesota Canoe Association supports activities and organizations that offer opportunities for youth to participate in paddle sports. We will be accepting proposals for funding requests from groups that do this work. Please submit an application letter that answers the following questions to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 20th. We may ask applicants to send a representative to speak with our board during our monthly meeting on May 23rd (7pm-9pm at Midwest Mountaineering).
- What is the mission of your organization and how does it align with the MCA's mission of promoting the future of paddling in Minnesota?
- How long has your organization been working with youth?
- What structures does your organization have in place to ensure it's future viability and continued positive impact on paddling opportunities for youth?
- Is your organization registered with the state of MN as a non-profit?
- Does your organization carry insurance? What kind?
Rice Creek Boat Club Seeking Head Coaches
Rice Creek Boat Club is looking for both volunteer and paid coaches! We are growing and expanding to continue to introduce the paddle sports to Minnesota youth. You can be a part of the future of paddling! See job descriptions at our website: paddlercbc.org
MCA Annual Meeting!
Saturday February 11th
Midwest Mountaineering - Expedition Room (In the basement. Ask any of the staff or follow the signs)
6:30-7:00: Gather/Meet and Greet with other members and board members. Jeff DuBois, president of Rice Creek Boat Club, will be there with info about their programming also.
7:00-7:30: Annual Meeting. Update on 2016 and see what's coming in 2017! Board member elections.
7:30-8:15: Presentation by Mark Neuzil, author of the recent book Canoes: A Natural History in North America
8:15-8:30: Book signing opportunity. Mark will have books available for purchase.
MCA Annual Winter Gathering/Meeting - February 13th!
Mark your calendars for the annual MCA Winter Gathering/Meeting on February 13th. Happy hour at a local brew pub and we'll select board members for next year.
Join the MCA and the Loppet for an evening paddle on Cedar Lake. Free for MCA members. RSVP at http://www.loppet.org/loppet-adventure-clubs/2015/09/14/equinox-paddle-member-event/
Might Miss Race - August 1st
If you haven't heard already there's going to be an awesome canoe race on the Mississippi coming up August 1st. The short course is 12 miles long, downstream...totally do-able! If you've been coming to Rookies you should make plans to do this race AND the MCA boats will be available for you to use. If you would like to reserve a Jensen 18 to use for the race email email@example.com.
Mississippi River Boat Ballet
July 31st. You're invited to participate!
Loppet Foundation Looking for Canoe Instructor
The Loppet Foundation is looking for a canoe instructor for this summer's Adventure Camps. It's a full time job at Wirth Park, teaching canoeing skills to kids ages 9-13. Looking for someone at least 18 years old who has some lifeguard/water safety background. But also a person who is excited about canoeing!
Dave and Amy Freeman to Speak at Annual Meeting
MCA Annual Meeting is Feb. 7th. Come for the meeting and stay to hear Dave and Amy Freeman speak about their big adventure to help preserve the BWCA.
Looking for New Board Members!
The MCA is looking for new board members for 2015. Openings for Racing Director and Director at Large. We're always looking for help with promotions also. If you're interested contact one of our current board members through the website or come to our December meeting on the 17th at Midwest Mountaineering from 7pm-9pm.
Fall Colors Cruise
Come on out and experience Autumn with the MCA on the Fall Colors Cruise on the St. Croix. Saturday, October 4th.
Minnesota State Water Trails Summit
The DNR and Expolore MN are partnering to host the Minnesota State Water Trails Tourism Summit that will be held September 29th-30th in St. Cloud. The MCA will be there and we'd love to see you there also! All the info at: https://mca.clubexpress.com/content.aspx?page_id=87&club_id=709151&item_id=374264
Upcoming Races in Duluth and on Lake Minnetonka
Saturday August 9th is the Deux Pipe Canoe Race on the St. Louis River near Duluth. Saturday August 16th is the Big Island and Back Race on Lake Minnetonka starting at Excelsior Beach. Find all the info for both on the the MCA Calendar.
MCA/Loppet Solstice Paddle
The longest sunlight day of the year is coming up! How are you going to fill up all those sunshine hours?? Join the MCA and Loppet for a Solstice Paddle. June 21st. Cedar Lake. 6pm till dusk. Check out all the info on the Events Calendar
Girls Portage Too
Yep, it's true and the MCA wants to hear your portaging story. Check out the "Girls Portage Too" page on our website for all the details.
Snake River Canoe Race Run in High Water
High water all around! The Snake River was fast for the Mora Snake River Canoe race on Saturday. A course record was set by Dana Henry and Kate Ellis. Congrats to them and all the finishers. Spring canoeing can be fun but stay safe! See the results at: http://www.snakerivercanoerace.org/Canoe2014.pdf
Canoe Instructor Job Opening
Loppet Seeking Canoe Instructor
Paddle Forward Coming Through the Twin Cities
Save the date!! Paddle with our group on October 5th from anoka to minneapolis! Boat launches in between and rides back to your car available. Byo boat! Call 3059726564 if you want to meet up
Minnesota State Canoe Championships
A strong field came out for the Minnesota State Canoe Championships in Bemidji. Overall pro-boat winners were Dana Henry and Fred Kueffer. Joe and Anne Manns won for mixed. A big thanks to the organizers of this fun event!
Starting Thursday 8/15 we'll be having a second Rookie Racers session each week with a focus on specific techniques. Come and improve your skills. First week will be a stern paddling workshop...then sprints, starts, buoy turns,etc.
Record Turnout for Rookies
37 people showed up for Rookie Racers tonight which we believe is a record turnout. The weather was beautiful, the buoy turns were exciting and several people worked on being in the stern for the first time. Fun to see so many people being introduced to canoe racing!
Pike Island Challenge
The Pike Island Challenge will be held this year on September 7th. Check the calendar for more details as they become available but for right now, save the date.
Jensen Handicap Celebrates 50 Years of Racing Tradition
The 50th annual Jensen Handicap race was held this morning on the Mississippi River in Brooklyn Park. Started when Gene Jensen was dominating canoeing competitions, it was an attempt to even the playing field. Racers show up without partners and partners are randomly assigned (within ability groups) so that ideally all the tandem canoes are fairly equally matched. The winners this year were Joe Manns and Molly Watkins. This is the oldest continuously running canoe race in the state of MN!
Cooke Custom Sewing Canoe Nights
Join others who like to paddle and work on freestyle solo canoeing skills at Cooke Custom Sewing Canoe nights. Tandems are welcome also. Wednesdays at 6:30pm - different lakes around the Metro.
Rookies - Sprints and Buoy Turns
Slightly different format for Rookie Racers last night. We worked on sprints and buoy turns. Everyone paddled with several different partners and had opportunities to beat the heat in the shade on shore and analyzed technique at close range. Punch Pizza afterwards. A good time was had by all.
Solstice Paddle - Friday June 21st
Join the MCA and Loppet for a Solstice Paddle Friday June 21st at 7pm on the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes. All the info at: http://tinyurl.com/l7w9krc
Dunn Island- No Access
Coon Rapids Dam site has closures.
Mentor a Kid and Go Paddling!
Are any MCA members interested in mentoring a kid who might not have the opportunity to go paddling? The Loppet Foundation has a mentoring program started that can pair you with a youth who is looking for someone who wants to spend time with them outdoors. Check out: http://www.loppet.org/loppet-adventure-clubs/loppet-mentors/ for all the info.
MCA Loppet Canoe Clinics Start May 7th
MCA - Loppet Canoe Clinics start May 7th. There's still time to sign up online at http://www.zapevent.com/listactivities.aspx?eventid=3483
MCA at Midwest Mountaineering Outdoor Adventure Expo
MCA booth and Midwest Expo
April is MCA Membership Drive Month!
April is a great month to start canoeing again...And, it's a great month to join the MCA. This year our goal is to get 100 new or returning MCA members during the month of April. You can sign up now on our secure website. Cost is only $20 for a one year individual membership - that's less than last year! (Yes, we lowered the price). Help a support an organization that supports you and all the waterways and paddlers in the state of Minnesota! ...and tell your friends :)