2022 Door County Sea Kayak Symposium, July 7-10

Thursday, Jul 7, 2022 - 5:00 pm through Sunday, Jul 10, 2022 - 5:00 pm

Open for sign up
Leader: Ryan Holley
Required ratings:
SK0, SK1, SK2, SK2P, SK3

Event Information


***Note: This description has largely been copied from 2021--details will be updated as they become available on Rutabaga's official event website.***

2022 Door County Sea Kayak Symposium - July 7/8-10, 2022 (Arrival to Door County evening of July 7)

This symposium is sponsored by Rutabaga and hosted at Rowley's Bay Resort in beautiful Door County. This is a chance for Hoofers to paddle sea kayaks on Lake Michigan in a beautiful setting and to get quality mentorship/training outside of the club and to bring their skills back to the club.  Many club members have either attended or instructed at the symposium in the past.  If you intend to register and attend, please contact me to coordinate boat and gear. Given the scheduling and costs involved, I am posting early to enable folks to plan and coordinate boat, gear, and lodging. I am also hoping that this will motivate you to develop skills through the club to enable you to make the most of the experience. 

There may be an opportunity for those engaged in becoming Sea Kayaking leaders for the club to have part of the registration cost offset through the club.  Please sign up on the event waiting list and contact Ryan Holley before registering if interested.  

What’s it about? Watch this video!

Door County Sea Kayak Symposium Website:


When: July 7/8-10, 2022 (Participants often arrive on the evening of July 7 to be ready to participate on July 8.)

Where: On Lake Michigan at Rowley Bay Resort in Door County, WI. ~ 5hrs drive from Madison.


Rating Required:SK1 and up (If you need help deciding if this is a good fit for you, please feel free to contact me directly by email.)

Why's it so great: This symposium offers dozens of courses organized by skill level. It is run by ACA and BCU certified instructors and covers every aspect of sea kayaking.  You choose your own class schedule based on skill level. There are land and water-based instructional courses as well as guided expeditions around Lake Michigan. Some examples of instructional classes are Greenland paddling, Navigation, and Surf & Waves. Guided trips are both full and half-day. You have the choice of skill-builder trips where rescue scenarios are mixed with the expedition, or you can strictly do touring.

Skill level descriptions will be on the website and instructors will be double checking your abilities. So, choose what you think is the most appropriate level. If you intend to register and attend, please contact me to coordinate boat and gear and if you would like help choosing classes/trips. The full schedule and details for registration should be available in early/mid April 2021.

Cost: You are responsible for symposium and lodging costs (below) and food (some meals are provided by symposium).

You will need to register through the symposium’s website and pay registration fees (more info below). If you intend to register and attend, please contact me so I can help coordinate boat and gear. Using Hoofers Club Gear makes this much more affordable.

When you look at the variety of guided expeditions and instructional opportunities the value goes a long way.  If you need sea kayak equipment we are approved to use Hoofer equipment. This saves the expense of having to rent boats/paddles/skirts.

REGISTRATION/FEES (based on previous years; may be subject to change)
Symposium Details and Registration


Scheduling: You have the choice to attend 1, 2, or all 3 days. Cost varies upon how many days you sign up for.  

Price: $415 (for Friday, Saturday, and half-day Sunday)

Covid Protocols for 2021

General Precautions
- Full vaccination is required for all staff, instructors, and participants. Full vaccination means that the final dose in a vaccination series was received at least 14 days prior to the start of the event.
- Due to the above vaccine requirement, as well as limits on staff housing, we are not offering programs for youth this year.
- Event registration is capped at 75% capacity.
- Masks are required when in close proximity to others and when not actively eating or drinking.
- Participants and instructors are encouraged to bring their own chairs/blankets for mealtimes/campfire/etc.
- Communal meals will be set up for distanced eating.
- An extra hand-washing station has been rented.
- The Stuga (Customer Service location) will have a limited capacity to avoid crowding indoors

Event Type
Accommodation Information
LODGING: There are rooms available at Rowley's Bay Resort. You can also camp at Wagontrail Campgound and have the choice of bringing a tent (your own or through the club) or a reserving a yert. Links are below. Rowley's Bay Resort: http://rowleysbayresort.com/ Wagontrail Campgroud: http://www.wagontrailcampground.com/
Driving or Travel Details
Attendees will be responsible for arranging their own travel. You can contact the event organizer who may be able to put you in touch with other Hoofer attendees to see if you can travel together (pending confirmation of the University's travel rules for the summer).
Food and Equipment Information
Trip Cancellation, Reschedule, and Refund Information
Trip Purpose/Goals

Registration Count

Registrations Remaining
All Participants 0 0
Waiting List 0 15