Outdoor Adventure Expo

April 28 – 30, 2023

Midwest Mountaineering and the U of M

Expo Hours:

Friday  2 – 8
Saturday  10 – 6
Sunday  11 – 5

Sponsored By:

Backpacker Magazine – Get Out More Tour Darn Tough Lakes & Legends LaSportiva Marmot Mountain Hardwear Oboz Western Mountaineering


Lakes and Legends Brewing Company logo Lakes & Legends
Official Beer of
Outdoor Adventure Expo
All Weekend

7 Corners Coffee logo 7 Corners Coffee
Fri / Sat / Sun

Finer Meats & Eats logo Finer Meats & Eats
Fri / Sun

Tacos los 4 carnales MN logo Tacos Los 4 Carnales MN

Northeast Pretzels logo Northeast Pretzels

$1 Popcorn $1 Popcorn
All Weekend
Proceeds benefit American Alpine Club scholarship program.

Kids (12 & under) Spin the Wheel - Get a Prize! Kids Spin the Wheel and Get a Prize!
Thrifty Outfitters
All Weekend
(12 & Under)


Paddlesports Demo

Thursday, April 27, 2023
3:00 to 7:00p.m.
Lake Nokomis (Northwest Beach)

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Demos of our rental boats available to all customers – no reservation required.

Demos of specifically requested boats by pre-scheduled appointment only.
To reserve your demo boat contact the paddlesports department at 612-339-3433.

Try Before You Buy!

The first Boat Demo of the season is at Lake Nokomis.

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.  No children under 13 or dogs in boats.

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.

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 28, 2023 10:09 am