Boat show for paddlers planned at Marine sur Sainte-Croix – Twin Cities

Canoes, kayaks and rowboats, oh my! They will all be exhibited next month at Marine in Sainte-Croix.

The second annual Paddle Crafts Boat Show will be held from 5-8 p.m. on July 12 at Burris Park, 240 Judd St.

More than 50 boats will be on display, including “historic sternwheelers from renowned manufacturers, locally built canoes and kayaks and the big boats from Wilderness Inquiry,” said Kevin Nyenhuis, one of the event organizers.

Over 150 people attended last year’s event.

“We were thrilled with the organic success of the event last year and wanted to maintain that enthusiasm,” said Nyenhuis, who is also the mayor of Marine.

Co-organizer Bill Simpson added: “People and boats I haven’t seen in years showed up. We are sure that there will also be surprises this year.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will include a paddle-making demonstration, music and a spoken word program. Participants can take part in “porting” lessons with Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness and learn more about watershed stewardship.

Participants are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch; a grill will be provided.

For more information, email Simpson at or Nyenhuis at

This canoe paddle made by Kevin Nyenhuis, the mayor of Marine in Sainte-Croix, is called “Ode to Lee”. Nyenhuis said he named him after Lee Dybvig, his mentor. The paddle will be on display at a paddle boat show on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at Burris Park at Marine in St. Croix. (Courtesy of Kevin Nyenhuis)
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