Volunteers Build Canoes for Canoe Adventures
Visit the NorthWest Canoe Company (NWC) during a volunteer work time and you will hear the rhythmic sound of sanding and scraping punctuated by bursts of conversation and laughing. Volunteers with the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area are building three voyager style canoes for use in the Urban Wilderness Canoe Adventures programs. Working in partnership with the NorthWest Canoe Company, National Park Service volunteers assist in setting up building forms, cutting and fitting cedar strips to the hull and sanding, sanding and more sanding! Volunteers might also be found helping prepare materials for lamination, building canoe seat frames and webbing the seats. Volunteers participate during regularly scheduled time blocks of two-to-four hours.
To learn more about the canoe building program and/or volunteer opportunities at the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, contact our volunteer coordinator.
Did You Know?
Over 600 men worked around the clock using hand tools, horses and coal powered shovels to build the original Coon Rapids Dam in 1913. The dam was rebuilt between 1995 and 1997.