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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

4.20 ft, 175 cfs at 04:45PM 6/22/21
Vermillion (Hastings)
2.19 ft, 28 cfs at 04:15PM 6/22/21
St. Louis
2.69 ft, 541 cfs at 04:30PM 6/22/21
7.91 ft, 356 cfs at 04:15PM 6/22/21
10.85 ft, 28 cfs at 04:45AM 12/08/20
Minnehaha Creek
12.52 ft, 25 cfs at 04:00PM 6/22/21

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Upcoming Events

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

Sat Jun 26 - Charles City Challenge

Sat Jun 26 - Canoe U - Whitewater Canoeing Fundamentals*

Sat Jul 10 - Wausau Whitewater Rec Release

Sat Jul 10 - Lower St Louis Release

Sat Jul 17 - Jim Falls Release*

Sat Jul 17 - Canoe U - Intermediate Whitewater Canoeing*

Sat Jul 17 - Canoe U - Kayaking Continuum*

Sat Jul 24 - Paddlemania 2021

Sat Jul 24 - Lower St Louis Release

Sat Aug 07 - Wausau Whitewater Rec Release

Sat Aug 14 - Jim Falls Release*

Sat Aug 14 - Lower St Louis Release

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.