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Canoe U is our collection of whitewater paddling 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."
We also offer 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

9.50 ft, 6680 cfs at 08:45PM 3/31/20
Vermillion (Hastings)
4.76 ft, 236 cfs at 08:15PM 3/31/20
St. Louis
6.85 ft, Ice cfs at 08:30PM 3/31/20
9.69 ft, 1510 cfs at 08:15PM 3/31/20
12.25 ft, 203 cfs at 05:45PM 3/31/20
Minnehaha Creek
14.42 ft, 227 cfs at 08:00PM 3/31/20

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Upcoming Events

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

Sun Apr 05 - Open Pool* Cancelled until further notice

Thu Apr 16 - Pesh Fest! 2020

Sun May 03 - Canoe U Intro Night*

Sat May 16 - Canoe U Weekend*

Sat May 30 - Canoe U - Graduation Weekend*

Sat Jun 13 - Iron Bull Downriver Race and Rec Release

Sat Jun 27 - Charles City Challenge 2020

Sat Jun 27 - Wausau Recreational Release

Sat Jul 11 - Wausau Recreational Release

Sat Jul 18 - Team River Runner Veterans Event

Sat Jul 25 - Paddlemania 2020

Sat Aug 01 - Iron Bull Triathlon and Volunteer Paddle

More Events...

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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.