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Darrin Siefken


CrawDaddy Outdoors’ owner, Darrin Siefken, has over 25 years of outdoor skills and leadership experience. Darrin has been actively involved in Scouting. These experiences have led him through his education and his job experiences over the past 20 years. He has extensive trip experience backpacking, canoeing and kayaking have taken him to BWCA, Lake Superior, Smoky Mountain National Park, Isle Royale, Pictured Rocks, Apostle Islands, Porcupine Mountains and Colorado

Janeen Siefken


Janeen enjoys the outdoors – whether it is kayaking, canoeing, hiking or cross-country skiing. She has been to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, Porcupine Mountains, Apostle Islands, Colorado Rockies and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Janeen’s favorite outdoor destination is the North Shore of Lake Superior.

Mark Curran

Outdoor Enthusiast

A longtime Scouter, Mark has a wealth of knowledge about camping and outdoor activities . . . and has a lot of experience in these areas, too. Mark has kayaked at Apostle Islands and Isle Royale as well as backpacked at Philmont Scout Ranch. He is currently working on building his own wooden kayak.

Al Hemesath

Outdoor Enthusiast

Al retired, was looking for the most fun job he could find in Iowa’s Cedar Valley. He found CrawDaddy Outdoors. Longtime Scouter, he enjoys camping, backpacking and kayaking. Al has joined CrawDaddy Outdoors on the Flambeau River, Red Rock, Apostle Islands, Isle Royale, and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore trips. He has kayaked Rainey Lake in Voyager National Park as well as the Slate Islands in Lake Superior In fall 2012. He has also hiked at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico.

Riley Magnussen

Outdoor Enthusiast

Riley is a senior studying Public Relations at UNI. Riley is very passionate about rock climbing and has an array of outdoor climbing experience in places such as Devil’s Lake, Clear Creek Canyon, North Shore, and Jackson Falls. He also enjoys backpacking. After graduation, Riley plans on getting a cool job out west. His favorite part so far about working at CrawDaddy Outdoors is the awesome staff.

Sam Hanson

Outdoor Enthusiast

Sam is a junior studying Environmental Conservation at Upper Iowa University. She is beyond excited for her future career as a naturalist, inspiring communities to dive back into outdoor recreation. She is also excited to offer opportunities for communities to learn more about their impacts on the land and wildlife. Sam enjoys kayaking, camping, snowshoeing, and going on CrawDaddy Outdoors’ trips. Sam competed in the Rugged Toad Triathlon and is planning on competing again next year.

Ryan Gilstrap

Outdoor Enthusiast

Ryan is a (pre-nursing) Neuroscience major with minors in Spanish, Leadership, and Intercultural Studies. His favorite outdoor activities include backpacking, outdoor photography, and sailing. Some of Ryan’s favorite locations include the Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming and Washington D.C. After graduation, he plans to go to Allen College to get his BSN and become a traveling surgical nurse. Ryan really enjoys working at CrawDaddy Outdoors, because it provides the opportunity to learn about outdoor products and gain more knowledge on various outdoor recreation activities.

Chris Shipley

Outdoor Enthusiast

Chris is a senior at UNI studying Economics and MIS. She loves backpacking and has found time to hike parts of the Appalachian Trail, Grand Canyon, and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. She enjoys the opportunities that have come along with working at Crawdaddy Outdoors including adventuring to the Apostle Islands as well as working with awesome customers.

Eamonn McCollough

Outdoor Enthusiast

Eamonn is a swimmer and runner at Gustavus Adolphus in Minnesota.  In some of his rare free time he gets out and paddles his Necky Manitou sport kayak, usually with fishing gear on board. He has co-led several river trips through CrawDaddy Outdoors and enjoys both learning about and teaching people about all the awesome stuff you can do in the wild.

Jim Meyer

Outdoor Enthusiast

Retired from the cattle and horse industry, Jim has always enjoyed canoeing, skiing and spending time outdoors. He has floated many of NE Iowa’s rivers and has made numerous trips to the Boundary Waters. He also likes to camp in the Black Hills on horseback. Jim has never been lost, but misplaced many times. If you need a “cowboy” dutch oven cook or a story teller around the campfire, then Jim is your man.

Austin Meyer

Outdoor Enthusiast

Austin is a Waverly Shell Rock student who fishes more than he is in school. He participates in competition trap shooting and recently attained his driver’s license. Austin is our muscle at kayak demos and will soon attain the status of Eagle Scout through all his hard work. Austin has made multiple trips to the Boundary Waters since he was a young kid.

Lukas Krakow

Outdoor Enthusiast

Lucas is a senior at UNI studying Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology. He loves to rock climb, especially at Clear Creek Canyon in Golden, Colorado. He likes working at CrawDaddy Outdoors, because he enjoys helping people prepare themselves for all kinds of adventures. He always looks forward to helping customers and hearing their stories. After graduation, Lucas would like to travel to gain more outdoor recreation experience.

Brandon Everding

Outdoor Enthusiast

Brandon has been a long time employee of CrawDaddy Outdoors through his years spent studying at Wartburg. He is now a full time employee with Wartburg but still has time to stop in and work with the team from time to time.

Brenda Steinbronn

Outdoor Enthusiast

Brenda is a retired teacher and world traveler. She has literally been around the world. In the U.S., she has been kayaking at the Apostle Islands, backpacked and kayaked at Isle Royale National Park and has canoed the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. If you want to know about great places to travel, Brenda is your go-to person.

Levi Bridges

Outdoor Enthusiast

Levi is busy as a nurse at Allen Hospital, but gets to work at CrawDaddy Outdoors from time to time. He is our kayak fishing expert and occasionally catches some fish.

Vince Wilson

Outdoor Enthusiast

Vince is a recent graduate of the University of Idaho, where he majored in History and minored in Outdoor Recreation Leadership. He has a lot of experience in outdoor recreation, including the completion of two NOLS backpacking expeditions, working for the U.S. Forest Service, and co-leading backpacking trips for the University of Idaho’s Outdoor Program.


January 25, 2020

Mark your calendar for January 25, 2020! CrawDaddy Outdoors in Waverly, Iowa is hosting the 2nd Annual 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 adventure.

To Register:

Want to be a Presenter or Exhibitor?  Let us know your interest by emailing or filling out the presenter form.

2019 Presentations - (2020 sessions coming soon)
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.

Whitewater Roll Clinic -Hannah Ray J and Marty Colbert
Hannah, a Jackson Kayak Pro Team member along with Marty will go over the basics of whitewater kayaking, roll technique, and troubleshooting why your roll isn't working or needs a little tweak.

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.

Stand Up Paddleboard Clinic - Hannah Ray J 
Hannah Ray J, Badfish SUP Pro Team Member will demonstrate the basics of SUP, paddles, gear and paddling technique.

9:00 - 9:15 Welcome

9:15 - 10:00 Session 1
Bound for Barrens - Vern Fish
Caribou, cairns, and curling waves are just a few of the images from the shores of Nueltin Lake and the Thlewiaza River. Seals, musk ox, grayling, tombstones, abandon cabins, thundering rapids and the occasional black fly were also part of the adventure. Paddle with me for 300 miles and relive a segment of Ernest Oberholtzer and Billy Magee’s 1912 epic 2000 mile adventure across Northern Manitoba and the Territory of Nunavut to Hudson Bay. 

10:15 - 11:00 Session 2
Kayak Fishing 101 -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 Paddling Destinations and the Tools to Get There John Wenck - Iowa DNR Water Trails Coordinator and Todd Robertson - Iowa DNR River Programs Outreach Coordinator
With so many streams and lakes in Iowa, there is always somewhere new to paddle and explore. Let's talk about some of the hidden gems and where they are located and review the new tools that the Iowa Department of Natural Resources is making available to the public to help you plan your trip.

Iowa Rivers Revival - Molly Hanson
Molly will discuss the role IRR plays in protecting our waterways for water trails.

11:15 - 12:00 Keynote Speaker
Iowa Flood Center Using the Iowa Flood Information System (IFIS) to Make Paddling Decisions Daniel Ceynar 
Daniel will be presenting the Iowa Flood Center's (IFC) publicly available online tool called the Iowa Flood Information System (IFIS), and bring an IFC stream gauge to display. IFIS brings together a multitude of tools including all of the stream gauging in Iowa. Daniel is one of the engineers who designed the IFC stream gauges, installed all 250+, is an avid paddler, and a canoe based river clean-up coordinator/participant. He will display IFIS from the perspective of how a paddler might use it to make paddling decisions.

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch and Speaker
Old Portages and New Country: The Wabakimi Project Ray Tallent
The Wabakimi Project was started by “Uncle Phil” Cotton in 2004. This remarkable endeavor supported dozens of volunteer canoe trips each summer, with the goals of exploring and mapping canoe routes in and around Wabakimi Provincial Park, Ontario. This presentation is a celebration of Phil Cotton, who passed away in May 2018, and a reminiscence on some of the beautiful boreal country he and his widespread crews paddled and portaged. It will include options for travel and how to obtain maps that the Project produced.

1:00 - 1:45 Session 3
Cold Water Paddling - Hannah Ray J and Marty Colbert
Hannah and Marty kayak year round. Discover how they keep warm while paddling in the colder months.

Dry Run Creek/Miller Creek Watershed Projects -Josh Balk and Clark Porter
Discover two local creeks in Black Hawk County and the efforts that are being done to protect them. Find out what you as a paddler can do to be a part of the solution.

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.

2:00 - 2:45 Session 4
Boundary Water Kids and Families - Waverly Families
Find out about the awesome trips several Waverly dads have completed with their kids over the past two summers. They have done a dad and daughter trip as well as a dad and son trip. Discover the fun they have had, how to plan a trip, and the pitfalls that have come with taking on this adventure.

Black Hawk Co Water Trails - Codie Leseman 
An overview of the Black Hawk County Water Trails Master Plan as they move toward official State designation of the Cedar River and Black Hawk Creek Water Trails.

Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation - Brian Fankhauser 
Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation has been protecting Iowa's land, water and wildlife for nearly 40 years. Your invited to hear how this statewide, non-profit organization partners with other groups and individuals to protect the natural resources we all cherish. The presentation will focus on protection efforts along popular water trails and rivers, with a focus on one of the most scenic and recreated rivers in Iowa, the Upper Iowa River. 

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 - ? 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. Deals are found on the next page.

After Hours Deals at CrawDaddy Outdoors
15% off 2018 Kayaks
25% off 2017 Kayaks
25% off in stock Pedal Drive Kayaks (excludes Jackson and Blue Sky Boatworks)
40% off clothing
25% off everything else in the store.

Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation - Brian Fankhauser
Iowa Flood Center - Daniel Ceynar
Cedar Valley Paddlers - Pam Wolter
Iowa River Revival - Molly Hanson 
Black Hawk Co Water Trails - Codie Leseman
Dry Run Creek/Miller Creek Watershed Projects -Josh Balk and Clark Porter
Iowa DNR Water Trails Program - John Wenck and Todd Robertson
Iowa Kayak Anglers - Tyler Cole and Scott Schrader
Charles City Whitewater Park
Cedar Falls Tourism and Visitors Bureau
Odessa Water Trail - Katie Hammond and Dan Hall