Paddler Takeover

Photo by Julie Schartner.

Rutabaga Paddlesports will hold the Door County Sea Kayak Symposium, an annual three-day event for all sea kayak paddlers; beginners, novices, intermediate or expert paddlers. Paddlers will take over Rowleys Bay July 11 through the 13.

“There’s something for everyone at the symposium,” said Darren Bush, owner and chief paddling evangelist of Rutabaga Paddlesports. “That said, we love having beginners there. Their excitement for the sport is infectious, and seeing a first-time paddler grin after learning even a basic skill is a wonderful moment for everyone.”

The symposium features both classes for building skills and tours for appreciating the beauty of northern Door County. “The best way to see the shorelines of Door County is from a kayak,” said Nancy Saulsbury, director of Rutabaga Outdoor Programs. “More than 20 tours give a paddler the ability to see the wide variety of landscapes found in Door County.”

The Door County Symposium also gives back to the community. A portion of the profits are donated to the Door County Land Trust (DCLT). Rutabaga Paddlesports has donated more than $25,000 to the DCLT since its inception.

Enrollment is open right up until the symposium starts, but Rutabaga prefers registration before July 11. To register, visit, or call 800.472.3353, extension 225.