Outdoor Adventure Expo

Midwest Mountaineering and the U of M
November 17 – 19, 2017

Expo Hours:

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

2 – 9:30

9 – 6:30

10 – 5

Presenting Sponsor:
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Sponsored By:


Acadia Cafe logo Food Service Provided By

Bent Paddle Brewing logo
Official Beer of
Outdoor Adventure Expo

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

World's Largest Canoe and Kayak Auction

Brought to You By
AAA Auctions and Midwest Mountaineering

Saturday, April 29th, 2017  11:00a.m.
Across the Street From the Expo Big-Top Tents

Buy or Sell Your Boat Here !!!

Canoe and Kayak Auction Schedule
Time Activity
Across the Street From the Expo Big-Top Tents
7:00a.m. – 10:00a.m. Bring your canoe or kayak.  Auction staff on hand to help unload.
10:00a.m. – 11:00a.m. Canoe or kayak inspection.
11:00a.m. – Until Completed Auction.
2:30p.m. All canoes and kayaks must be picked up.
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Midwest Mountaineering will donate 10% of its auction profits to help rebuild the closed Split Rock River bridge on the Superior Hiking Trail.


$1 Hot Dogs During the Auction!

Why sell your canoe or kayak
at this auction?

Simply put, there is not a better place in the USA to sell a used canoe or kayak than this auction.  Located right in the heart of paddling country in Minneapolis, nearly a thousand buyers attend this auction looking to purchase a boat!

As a seller, you have an option to set a minimum selling price for your boat.  If you choose to do this, you will be charged a $20 fee when you drop your boat off.  If your boat sells, the $20 fee will be refunded and your only charge will be a 15% commission.

Past auction results show that over 90% of all boats meet or exceed any minimum prices established.  You will also be able to receive payment for your boat shortly after the buyer makes payment at the auction.

Ok, so you have decided to sell your boat at the auction.  Here is a great, quick tip that will help your boat bring top dollar:  tape a note on the boat describing where you used it, how long you have owned it, how it performed or tips for the new buyer.  Put the note in a plastic sheet protector if it is raining.

Still have questions?  Please feel free to call auctioneer Tony Elfelt of AAA Auction at 763-421-3044.  He will answer any additional questions you may have.

How to buy a canoe or kayak
at this auction?

Buying a boat at the auction is easy.  All you need to do is show your photo ID to the auction staff and you will receive a bidding number and a Bidder's Tip Sheet explaining how the auction works.  Bidding numbers are free.

The auction starts at 11:00a.m. and the preview hour is from 10:00 – 11:00a.m.  We recommend that you arrive by 10:00a.m. so you will have enough time to preview all the boats.  Buyers can pay with a Minnesota check, cash or credit card.

Still have questions?  Please feel free to call auctioneer Tony Elfelt of AAA Auction at 763-421-3044.  He will answer any additional questions you may have.

Sorry, Midwest Mountaineering staff are not available during the auction.  We are in the tents selling the new boats and new accessories!

If you need help determining what type of boat is best for your needs, bring an experienced friend, or do your homework early.  Look for generalities, not necessarily specifics.  A great Brand X boat might show up.  It could be the perfect boat for you!  You will need to know if its hull design fits your paddling style.  Come on Friday evening at 8:00p.m. for the Evaluating Used Boats clinic.  Consult manufacturer’s web sites or catalogs.  Good ones are wenonah.com and cdkayak.com.  Click on Choosing a Canoe or Choosing a Kayak.  They offer generic hull design discussions.

Need tie-down gear?  All tie-down gear will be on sale during the Outdoor Adventure Expo.


Sellers:  If sellers choose to set a minimum selling price (a reserve), they will be charged a $20 reserve fee when the boat is dropped off.  If the boat sells, that $20 fee shall be reimbursed to the seller.  A 15% commission will be charged if the item sells.  Sellers will be paid by check on the day of the auction shortly after the purchaser pays for the boat.

Buyers:  Get your free bidding number at the auction.  Simply show auction staff a driver's license or proper identification.  Buyers shall pay a 10% buyers premium (13% for credit card payment) for all purchases.  For example, if buyer purchases a canoe for $500 an additional $50 shall be added to the purchase price.  Sales tax also applies.

All boats must be picked up by 2:30p.m. after the auction.  Boats are the responsibility of the owner during the auction, and of the new owner as soon as the auctioneer says “Sold!”.  Don't forget to bring tie-down equipment to transport your purchase!

Additional terms:  Cash, Minnesota check or Visa / Mastercard / Discover / American Express accepted.  AAA Auction and Midwest Mountaineering are not responsible for accidents.  No property shall be removed from premises until paid for.  Any statement made by the auctioneer on the date of the auction takes precedence over printed matter.  Auctioneers have the sole discretion of selling auxiliary components as a unit or separate, and reserve the right to forbid or remove any and all persons from participating in the auction.  All boats are sold "As Is."

Contact Tony Elfelt of AAA Auction ID #2710089 at 763-421-3044 if you have further questions.

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