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Paddle Fest 2020 - Youth Fee


January 25, 2020

Mark your calendar for January 25, 2020! CrawDaddy Outdoors in Waverly, Iowa is hosting Paddle Fest at the W in Waverly, Iowa.

Paddle Fest will offer presentations for beginners, seasoned paddlers and river activists. Plan on spending a day in Waverly sharing stories and organizing your next paddling adventure.


January 25, 2020
Co-Sponsored: CrawDaddy Outdoors

($10) College Students & Youth under 18 years
($15) Adults
Use this product page to purchase your tickets now, and your name will be added to our registration guest list. Please print confirmation. 

Wartburg-Waverly Sports & Wellness Center
100 Wartburg Blvd
Waverly, Iowa 50677

 A one-day event dedicated to education, stories, 
vendor booths, and breakout sessions for 
paddlers and river activists. 

Plan on spending a day in Waverly sharing 
stories and organizing your next paddling 

For More Info:

Paddle Fest 2020 - The W at Wartburg College

Hosted by CrawDaddy Outdoors and Vern Fish


West Room

Middle Room

East Room

Pool 1

Pool 2

7:00 - 8:00


Basic Paddle Stokes, Safety, Boat Control

Darrin Siefken


8:00 - 9:00


Kayak Rescue Techniques

Darrin Siefken


9:00 - 9:15




9:15 - 10:00

Kayaks, Canoes and Cameras

Kip Ladage



10:15 -11:00

Kayak Fishing 202

Tanner Speidel

Iowa Water Trails

John Wenck

The Lower Pecos River, A Wild Texas River

Vern Fish



11:15 -12:00

Keynote Speaker

Canoes: A Natural History in North America   Mark Neuzil



12:00 -1:00

Lunch /Exhibits

Paddling Self-Assessment    Hannah Ray J and Marty Colbert



1:00 - 1:45

The Zen of Paddling

Sarah Thompson

Paddling and Farm Production: Advocating for Water Quality

Clark Porter and Vern Fish

Greenmantle River

Ray Tallent



2:00 - 2:45

Boundary Waters Trip Planning

Steph Becker

Iowa Kayak Anglers

Scott Shrader and Tyler Cole

Winnebago River Wanderings

Dale Mills



2:45 - 3:15

Community Share



3:15 – 4:30

Reception at CrawDaddy Outdoors



7:00 - 8:00       Pool Session 1

Basic Paddle Stokes, Safety and Boat Control - Darrin Siefken

               CrawDaddy Outdoors owner Darrin Siefken will discuss and demonstrate the basics of paddling strokes, safety and boat control.


8:00 - 9:00       Pool Session 2

Kayak Rescue Techniques -Darrin Siefken

               All paddlers experience the inevitable capsize. Darrin will demonstrate a variety of ways to get back in your kayak by yourself and with a helper.



9:00 - 9:15       Welcome


9:15 - 10:00     Session 1

Kayaks, Canoes, and Cameras - 2020 – Kip Ladage

               Kip Ladage will share his techniques and experiences learned over years of pursuing nature photos while paddling. Kip has been photographing flora and fauna from the water for years with many very interesting experiences. He will also share details of two very interesting "lessons learned" from the 2019 paddling season.


10:15 - 11:00   Session 2

Kayak Fishing 202 - Tanner Speidel

               Join Jackson Kayak and Bending Branches Pro Team Member Tanner Speidel as he goes over the basics and advanced techniques for kayak fishing.  Learn about kayaks, fishing gear, kayak fishing accessories and techniques to catch the big ones.


Iowa Water Trails: Developing High Quality Recreational Corridors - John Wenck

The Iowa DNR Water Trails program launched in 2005 with little funding and few expectations: signage, maps/ brochures, and small-scale construction projects.  The water trails idea was quickly embraced and as the program became more popular over the next few years, the legislature funded a statewide plan (2010) that provides a path forward that emphasizes planning and greater engagement with local communities, local governments, and local interest groups in order to develop quality water trails that have something in them for everyone.  Learn how this new approach to water trails is unfolding in several project corridors across the state.

The Lower Pecos River, A Wild Texas River – Vern Fish

               The paddler enters a remote wilderness canyon with little sign of civilization for nearly 60 miles.  The Pecos River flows over 22 named rapids and is filled with boat eating rocks and ledges. It offers the kind of adventure and solitude that is unique to Texas.  Yet the echoes of ten thousand years of human habitation resound from every cliff and side canyon.  No other area in Texas offers as many signs of prehistoric man as the Pecos River.  This river will challenge your skills and amaze you at every drop and turn.


11:15 - 12:00   Keynote Speaker

Canoes: A Natural History In North America - Mark Neuzil  

               Mark Neuzil, along with Norm Sims, is the author of the book Canoes: A Natural History in North America. Mark will talk about the development of the canoe from dugouts and birch barks of the natives to all-wood, wood-and-canvas and post-war synthetic boats of today. Two themes run through his presentation: that the basic design of the canoe was perfected 5,000 years ago and has not improved upon; and that amateur builders and experienced manufacturers have been in a race for a) the cheapest, or, b) the lightest canoes, and those two goals rarely work together.


12:00 - 1:00     Lunch and Speaker

Self-Assessment and Paddling – How do you Know if you don’t Know?   Hannah Ray J and Marty Colbert

            Hannah and Marty will go over techniques for assessing skills, river conditions, equipment needs. How to tell if a river new or revisited at a different water level is ok to paddle on. Safety techniques/skills for paddling. Topic will focus on whitewater but is applicable to flatwater also.


1:00 - 1:45       Session 3

The Zen of Paddling - Sarah Thompson

               Come learn the benefits of mindfulness as it relates to paddling.  Learn how it can reduce stress, improve focus, and how the two together can improve your experience on the water!


Paddling and Farm Production; Advocating for Water Quality in the Black Hawk CreekWatershed - Clark Porter and Vern Fish

               The Black Hawk Creek Watershed encompasses over 217,000 acres, much of which drains some of the most productive and intensively cultivated land in the state. Flowing through remote stretches of floodplain forest, lower sections of the creek between Hudson, IA and Waterloo offer great paddling opportunities for experienced paddlers accustomed to navigating log jams and other obstacles. The presenters will give an overview of the creek and efforts to reduce nutrient pollution in the watershed.


Greenmantle River – Ray Tallent

               Four paddlers (Ray on right, in picture) explore the Greenmantle River in remote northern Wababkimi Park, Ontario, from its humble beginnings above Greenmantle Lake north to its mouth at the Albany River.  This route provides a wonderful mix of boreal riparian habitats, wildlife,  and a variety of paddling conditions.

2:00 - 2:45       Session 4

Boundary Waters Trip Planning – Steph Becker

               Steph will share some tips to planning group trips in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness utilizing Ely, MN. area canoe outfitters --- specifically Canadian Waters, Inc. 


Winnebago River Wanderings– Dale Mills  

               Dale Mills is simply a canoe aficionado that has been canoeing at least once a month every month of the year for the past 17 years and believes it is the most effective stress relief available to mankind.  He will present a short film entitled "A February Canoe Float" and offer other Winsome Winnebago River Wanderings for your entertainment and enjoyment.

Kayak Angling Tournaments - Tyler Cole and Scott Schrader

              Iowa Kayak Anglers members Tyler Cole and Scott Schrader will discuss the kayak fishing tournament scene in Iowa. They will discuss tournaments and how to prepare for and compete in a kayak fishing tournament.


2:45 - 3:15       Community Share

This is your opportunity to share with those in attendance anything you want to regarding paddling groups, trips, questions, or anything else related to paddling.

3:15 – 4:30      Reception at CrawDaddy Outdoors

We will have an afterhours reception back at the store only for those in attendance at Paddle Fest.  Join us for some beverages and snacks as well as some great deals throughout the store. 

After Hours Deals at CrawDaddy Outdoors

35% off all in stock Kayaks, Canoes, SUP’s (excludes limited edition colors of Bonafide Kayaks)

40% off clothing

25% off everything else in the store.



Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation - Brian Fankhauser

Cedar Valley Paddlers - Pam Wolter

Dry Run Creek/Miller Creek Watershed Projects - Josh Balk and Clark Porter

Iowa DNR Water Trails Program - John Wenck

Cupola Inn – Dale and Judy Mills


Iowa Flood Center - Daniel Ceynar

Iowa River Revival -

Black Hawk Co Water Trails - Codie Leseman

Iowa Kayak Anglers - Tyler Cole and Scott Schrader

Charles City Whitewater Park

Cedar Falls Tourism and Visitors Bureau

Maxx Rentals - Jeremiah Schwake



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