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Canoe U is our collection of whitewater kayak and canoe courses that are only offered once each spring.
You will learn whitewater skills for canoe or kayak from ACA certified instructors.
If you want to try, get back to, or get better at whitewater paddling Canoe U has a course for you. We offer classes for any experience level from "Never tried it." to "Been there, done that."
New this year is Whitewater Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) instruction. There are a limited number of spots available for this one, so don't wait too long to enroll.
Detailed descriptions for all offered courses along with cost, dates, and location information is found on the Canoe U Page. That is also the page where you can enroll in the course of your choice.
Canoe U Picture These pictures are of previous Canoe-U classes or alumni.

River Levels

8.91 ft, 5670 cfs at 05:45PM 4/24/19
Vermillion (Hastings)
5.42 ft, 317 cfs at 05:15PM 4/24/19
St. Louis
8.20 ft, 11500 cfs at 05:30PM 4/24/19
10.13 ft, 1900 cfs at 05:15PM 4/24/19
13.26 ft, 1186 cfs at 02:45PM 4/24/19
Minnehaha Creek
15.24 ft, 313 cfs at 05:00PM 4/24/19

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Upcoming Events

* Denotes an event organized by Rapids Riders Canoe & Kayak Club. All other events belong to the listed organization.

Fri Apr 26 - Midwest Mountaineering Expo, Minneapolis, MN

Fri May 03 - Kettle River Paddle Festival

Sun May 05 - Canoe U Intro Night*

Sat May 18 - Canoe U Weekend*

Sat Jun 01 - Canoe U - Graduation Weekend*

Sat Jun 22 - Charles City Challenge, Iowa

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Rapids Riders Whitewater Canoe and Kayak Club, Inc. is an organization representing a broad range of individual whitewater enthusiasts. Rapids Riders provides community for these people who paddle, cherish and protect the rivers, lakes and streams in our region and who are willing to work toward accomplishing our mission of providing education, promoting resource stewardship and whitewater paddle sports in our region.
To support its charitable and educational programming, Rapids Riders routinely charges participation fees for our training and events. Any excess revenue generated is in turn donated to organizations that align with our goals — worthy groups like these.
All our efforts are conceived, organized and realized by unpaid volunteers - from the Board of Directors on down.
Please consider a donation. Rapids Riders is a Minnesota-based 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and your contribution qualifies as a tax-deductible donation to the maximum amount allowable by law.