21st Annual Arkansas Canoe Club Rendezvous

It's almost time for another one! Click the link below to see some of what the 21st annual Rendezvous will have to offer.

2014 Rendezvous Flyer

September 12-13, 2014

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)

  1. A meeting at a prearranged time and place.
  2. A prearranged meeting place, especially an assembly point for troops or ships
  3. A popular gathering place

tr. & intr. v. rend-dez-voused, ren-dez-vous-ing

  1. 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, canoe jousting, 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, Cost and Donations

*Rendezvous is offered at no cost to you except for the $5 per person American Canoe Association insurance fee (for non-ACA members) which is passed on to the American Canoe Association. The ACC foots the bill for the entire event and is glad to do so, but, if you would like to contribute something to help defray expenses we would be grateful for your help. The form is at the bottom, so just follow the prompts to show your ACC a little love. Thanks!*

    • Check-in will be at the front gate of Camp Couchdale from 4 - 8 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday.
    • Everyone will be required to check in and sign a waiver.
    • ACA members who show their membership cards 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)

          There will be lots to see and do, but here are some highlights.


          Meals

          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 serving a nice taste of the bayou with Cajun red beans and rice on Friday night from 6 - 8 p.m. Cost is $10.00 per person and includes salad and bread along with water or tea.

          Dutch Oven Demo and Cook-Off

          El Presidente Timothy Eubanks is in charge of the cook-off this year, and unlike yours truly he's no softie, 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 p.m. 


          Potluck Saturday

          Immediately following the cook-off judging the potluck will commence. This will be the only opportunity for us all to be together so don't miss it, and p
          lan to bring something made with love.This will also be your opportunity to show off your culinary chops so please bring something creative to share. 

          Boat Raffle

          A big thanks this year to our good friends at Ozark Mountain Trading Company who are providing the club with a boat to raffle off to a lucky rendezvouser. Will it be you? Not only does every ticket you buy get you one step closer to a sweet boat, but every penny of your entry fee goes to the ACC Instructor Education Fund, so you can't lose even if you, well, lose. Tickets will be available at the entry gate. 

          Boat Ball and Canoe Jousting Under the Lights

          That's right folks. It's back, but it's not alone! Friday night will feature a rousing game of Boat Ball as well as a new event, Canoe Jousting. What's Canoe Jousting? I'm glad you asked. Click and read http://forums.arkansascanoeclub.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=26180  my friend, then get to work on procuring what and who you need, and remember, style points count!

          Rescue Rodeo

          The ever popular Rescue Rodeo will return this year and promises to be fun and “educational”, not only for the participants but for the spectators too. Look on as teams from each chapter test their rescue skills in both land and water-based challenges. This will be big fun and the winning team will take home a prize package, so get your act together and don't miss out on this event!

          Roll Clinics

          The Roll Clinic will be back and headed up by Lorraine McPhee, the Kayakmamma herself. She and others from her chapter will be on hand to help you get or fine tune your roll, so bring your boat, gear and good attitude to make the most of this opportunity.

          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. Due to popular demand 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 will have booth space available in the usual spot. If you don't know where that is don't fret. It's easy to find and you can ask anyone if you need directions. Be sure to visit Ouachita Outdoor Outfitters, Ozark Mountain Trading Company and our other gracious sponsors for some great deals over the weekend. We'll also have space for gear swapping, so bring your stuff to sell and some cash to buy!

          As usual all events are subject to change, usually in the form of an addition to the schedule. A bunch of folks are hard at it to make this the best 'Vous yet, so don't miss out, and as always, COME EARLY STAY LATE! 


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