Outdoor Adventure Expo

Midwest Mountaineering and the U of M
April 27 – 29, 2018

Expo Hours:

Friday  2 – 9:30
Saturday  9 – 6:30
Sunday  10 – 5

2 – 9:30

9 – 6:30

10 – 5

Sponsored By:

Bent Paddle Brewing Dagger Northstar Canoes Oboz Footwear Osprey Packs Patagonia Prana Smartwool Trailtopia Adventure Food Western Mountaineering Wilderness Systems


Acadia Cafe logo Food Service Provided By

Bent Paddle Brewing logo
Official Beer of
Outdoor Adventure Expo

50¢ Popcorn
50¢ Popcorn
All Weekend Long !!!

Paddlesports Demo Postponed
to Thursday, May 10th

Sorry, but due to ice on the lake the expo paddlesports demo has been postponed to Thursday, May 10th (4:00 to 7:30p.m.).

Please see our paddlesports demo schedule for all demo dates.


Paddlesports Demo

Thursday, April 26, 2018
3:00 to 7:00p.m.
Lake Nokomis (Northwest Beach)

Thursday, May 10, 2018
4:00 to 7:30p.m.
Lake Nokomis (Northwest Beach)

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Try Before You Buy!

The first Boat Demo of the season is at Lake Nokomis.  Factory reps will be on hand with trailers full of canoes and kayaks - all for you to try.  In addition to the demo we will have limited classes and demos available for both canoeists and kayakers.  No children under 13 or dogs in boats.

This is one of the largest Boat Demos in the Upper Midwest and it's certainly one of the earliest.  Dress appropriately for the weather.

Come paddle and ask questions to your heart's content.  Would you like to play, but can't on this day?  Take a look at our paddlesports demo schedule.


Solo Canoe Control Lesson

4:30 and 6:00  (registration required)

Tandem Canoe Control Lesson

4:00  (registration required)

Canadian Solo Style Paddling Demo

5:00  (open to all)

Call Midwest Mountaineering
at 612-339-3433 to register.

Tons of Vendors with Equipment
For You to Play With !!


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Stand Up Paddleboards

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DEMO BEACH RULES:  Caution!  Early season demos are often subject to very cold water and windy conditions.  Accordingly, all participants must be 13 years of age or older and 90 lbs. or more.  Please, no dogs allowed on the beach (per city ordinance).

Check in at the Midwest Mountaineering tent.  All participants must sign the waiver and obtain a wrist strap.  Boat vendors will require seeing your wrist strap before allowing you to paddle demo boats.

Check in with the manufacturer before using any boats or equipment.  Be sure you understand how the equipment works before launching (rudders, foot pedals, adjustable seats etc).  Stay close to shore and within the safety boater perimeter.  Adhere to all safety boater instructions at all times.

Expect to get your feet wet.  Bring extra warm clothes.  Paddles and PFDs will be available.

Please join us – it will be a lot of fun!

Page Updated:  Apr 24, 2018 09:39 am