20th Annual Arkansas Canoe Club Rendezvous
September 20-22, 2013
Camp Couchdale on Lake Catherine near Hot Springs, AR
Sanctioned by the American Canoe Association
What is Rendezvous?
Rendezvous (n. pl.) rend-dez-vous (-vooz)
- A meeting at a prearranged time and place.
- A prearranged meeting place, especially an assembly point for troops or ships
- A popular gathering place
tr. & intr. v. rend-dez-voused, ren-dez-vous-ing
- To bring or come together at a rendezvous
Peeps, believe it or not it’s here again! Yep, it’s time for all the chapters of the Arkansas Canoe Club to come together for a common purpose on a weekend in September. That purpose? Rendezvous, of course. Once again we’ll have a lot of fun and expose people to what a wonderful organization the ACC truly is. Activities such as rolling clinics, boat-ball, surfing at Rockport, Hometown Throwdown, boat demos, kids’ activities, float trips and more are on the schedule for this year. Participate in as many or as few of the planned activities as you want, or just spend a lazy day hanging around in a hammock or swimming in beautiful Lake Catherine. The Rendezvous is a little bit like a family reunion, only a whole lot more fun. So, don’t miss out this year ‘cause it’s gonna be bigger and better. Grab you family and your boats and come on down to Camp Couchdale for a little bit of rendezvousing!!!
Registration Information and Cost
- Check-in will be at the front gate of Camp Couchdale starting at 4:00 PM Friday the 20th and running all day Saturday the 21st.
- Everyone will be required to check in and sign a waiver.
- ACA members (membership number required) will be admitted free. Non-ACA members will be required to pay $5.00 per person to cover the cost of liability insurance for the weekend.
- When you register you will receive a map and official schedule of events.
Camp Couchdale Information
- No pets.
- No fires other than charcoal. Please contain charcoal fires in a fire pan.
- Free Camping. Plenty of room for car or tent camping, but not a lot of space or hook-ups for motor homes. The folks at the registration table can direct you to the quiet and not so quiet areas.
- Quiet hours are from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.
- Alcohol is fine, in moderation, but please no glass.
Directions to Camp Couchdale
- From Hwy 30 at Malvern, take exit 97 for AR-84 toward AR-171
- Turn Right at AR-84W/Tanner St.
- Take the 1st right onto AR-171 N
- Camp Couchdale will be on the left in about 8.6 miles
- GPS coordinates: N34.4295 W92.9656 (click for map)
Feel free to bring your own food for breakfast/lunch. Dinner will be as follows:
ArkLaTex Chapter Bayou Buffet
Once again the ArkLaTex Chapter will be treating all of us to a nice taste of the bayou with a Cajun cook-out on Friday night. They will begin serving at 6:00 pm and continue until 8:00. Cost is $10.00 per person and includes salad and bread along with water or tea. What a great way to support one of the fastest growing chapters of the Arkansas Canoe Club!
True Blue Barbecue will be on site with some good eats. They’ll be serving Q from 4:00 to 7:00. AVERAGE cost will be $7.00 per plate.
Dutch Oven Demo and Cook-Off
Some of the fine folks from Central Arkansas Dutch Oven Group will be returning this year to put on another Dutch Oven 101 demo. Who knows, they may even participate in the contest, so if you plan to rattle your black pot(s) you best bring the A game ‘cause there will be some sweet swag for the champs. It will go down at the pavilion as usual. You can get cracking whenever you’re ready, just be aware that judging will commence at 6:00.
A big thanks this year to the crew at Ouachita Outdoor Outfitters who are providing the club with a boat to raffle off. This year, with your donation to the Arkansas Canoe Club Instructor Education Fund, you could be the lucky winner!!! Tickets will only be sold at Rendezvous and there will only be 200 tickets sold. The winner must be present at Rendezvous, so be sure not to miss out on your chance to take home an incredible boat from Ouachita Outdoor Outfitters!
Make your way down to the Lake Catherine Lagoon for a rousing game of boat ball on Saturday morning! This exciting game of water polo meets soccer meets kayaking is too much fun to miss out on! All boat styles are welcome, recreations, whitewater, canoe, etc...Come to play or come to watch the excitement!
Chapter Showdown! Rescue Rodeo
In years past, the Rescue Rodeo has been a lot of fun and also very “educational” not only for the participants, but for the spectators. This year, it’s a chapter showdown! Look on as teams of three or four from each ACC chapter test their skills in rescue techniques on both land and water-based skill challenges. They'll race against each other through five different stations to determine who the “safest” chapter of the ACC is! This will be big fun and the winning team will take home a prize package from Ouachita Outdoor Outfitters. Get your teams together to practice and don't miss out on this event!
In an effort to allow more time for “impromptu” trips and family time at this year's Rendezvous as well as reducing the number of volunteers needed and increasing the amount of fun, the large number of clinics usually found at Rendezvous will be replaced with only the roll clinics at the pool. Meet up to fine tune your roll, help teach, or get started learning how to roll your kayak or canoe.
Down River Floats, Rockport Play Time, and Hometown Throwdown
Thanks to the cooperation of Entergy and Ted Smethers we have (tentatively) scheduled a nine-hour release for both Saturday and Sunday. Look for impromptu down river trips happening and look for the water to be turned on at the dam around 6 a.m. and at the ledge from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.-ish both days. The “Porterfield” Access will again be open on river right to accommodate shuttling and hanging out to avoid the crowds at the usual “Park Side” put in. Gates will close at 6 p.m., so plan to park on the Malvern side if you are staying later. This year, the fourth annual Hometown Throwdown series will come to a close on Rendezvous weekend. Check at the gate for specifics as these events are a BLAST!!!
Vendors, Sponsors, & Used Gear Exchange
This year, our sponsors of Rendezvous and the ACC will have booth space available alongside the usual “gently worn” gear from our members. This means Rendezvous is a great place to pick up some gear, old or new! Be sure to visit Ouachita Outdoor Outfitters, Ozark Mountain Trading Company and our other sponsors for some great deals over the weekend. Bring your stuff to sell and also some cash to buy!
As usual all events are subject to slight change, usually in the form of an addition to the schedule. Don't miss out on the best Rendezvous ever! Stay for the weekend or stay just for an afternoon. Hey, it’s FREE!!!!!
Rendezvous 2013 Flyer