Midwest Canoe Symposium

Elaine & Bob Mravetz

September 7-9, 2018
Camp Butler, Peninsula, Ohio

Questions? contact Elaine Mravetz at rmravet@uakron.edu or 330-321-5111


Please join us for our premier fall event, the Midwest Canoe Symposium, September 7-9, 2018. MCS is held at Camp Butler in Peninsula, Ohio, nestled in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park near major freeways, 9 miles north of Akron and 23 miles south of Cleveland.

The MCS offers excellent instruction in a quiet water venue for people wishing to improve paddling efficiency and fun through precise boat control skills. Courses are offered in all skill levels and are taught by ACA certified instructors. Student/instructor ratio is limited to 5 to 1. Nearby hiking, biking, historic tours, shopping, etc. for non-paddling friends or spouses is available.

“When I think of the Midwest Canoe Symposium,

I think of the time of the year, the mist and fall scenery that is part of camp and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park,

the food, the music makers, the fun and friendship and family friendly, the affordabililty of MCS.”

Another lovely morning!



Read what MCS attendees have had to say about the event here: midwest-canoe-symposium-2017  and here: MCS 2016


Freestyle classes in solo and tandem, additional Special Topics seminars and clinics including:
Heeling and Kneeling 101,
Touring Technique,
Forward Stroke Clinic,
Going Straight Backwards,
Moving Around in Your Boat,
Kids’ Classes.



MCS is hosting the Ohio ACA Rendezvous this year to offer courses in
Stand Up Paddleboarding
Canoe Poling
ACA Canoe Camping Endorsement
ACA Instructor Updates in:
Levels 1 – 3 Canoe Touring
Levels 2 – 3 River Canoe
Levels 1-2 River Kayak
possible additional paddesport classes and a scenic river trip on the Cuyahoga River.

In addition, MCS will offer the popular class Qigong, which incorporates breathing, stretching, and fluid movements to rejuvenate muscles and improve movement fluidity for paddlers.

The Amorphous Freeestyle Canoe String Band

Interpretive FreeStyle Canoeing Exhibition (Sat., Sept. 8 at 6:15 p.m.)
Evening Candlelight Paddle
FreeStyle Pickers (jam session with great musicians—bring a musical instrument and join in!)
For nonpaddling friends, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park offers biking, scenic hiking, the Cuyahoga Valley Historic Rail, and there are a plethora of local attractions and shopping in nearby Akron and Cleveland areas.

Registration: Preregistration is required with early registration discount. Camp is open for early arrivals starting Thursday afternoon. Limited boat /gear rentals available.


Lodging: Atwater Lodge sleeps 22 in 2 bunk rooms on site (BYOL) on a space available basis. Full shower and bath facilities are available in the dorm. Tent option available on site (BYOT). No pets are allowed at camp. Additional lodging available at several nearby motels at event rates.

Meals include vegetables fresh from the Mravetz’s garden. The Midwest Symposium is well known for wonderful home style cooking, and definitely serves the best vegetarian meal options of all our canoeing events.

Meals: Full meal options (home cooked, buffet style) offered on site at Atwater Lodge with plentiful vegetarian choices.

Clothing: Please come prepared for any weather with appropriate clothing and footwear.

Gear / Equipment: Bring a canoe, paddles, PFD (to be worn at all times when on water), kneeling pad. Instructors will teach you in the canoe that you bring. Limited rentals available for FreeStyle, Stand Up Paddleboard, Canoe Poling classes.


Please join us for a fun and informational weekend of paddling and renewing friendships or making new paddling friends in lovely surroundings!

Early registration discount through August 21; registration deadline is August 28.

Elaine Mravetz

Bob and Elaine Mravetz, MCS Coordinators
330-239-1725; rmravet@uakron.edu

2018 Registration forms are not yet available…  

Sample MCS Info and MCS Forms from 2017:
And don’t forget the waivers:
ACA Waiver Adult
ACA Waiver Minor