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19th Annual Arkansas Canoe Club Rendezvous

  • 21 Sep 2012
  • 23 Sep 2012
  • Camp Couchdale on Lake Catherine near Hot Springs, AR

19th Annual Arkansas Canoe Club Rendezvous

September 21-23, 2012
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

For going on nineteen years, all the chapters of the Arkansas Canoe Club come together for a common purpose on a weekend in September.  That purpose?  To have a lot of fun and to expose people to what a wonderful organization the ACC truly is.  This year is no exception.  Activities such as rolling clinics, boat-ball, surfing at Rockport, Hometown Throwdown, boat demos, kids activities, float trips, etc.. are all on the schedule for this year.  Participate in as much or as little 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, come on “troops” and grab your “ships” and come on down to Camp Couchdale for a litle bit of rendezvousing!!!

Registration Information and Cost

  • Check-in will be at the front gate of Camp Couchdale starting at 4 PM Friday the 21st and running all day Saturday the 22nd.
  • Everyone will be required to check-in, sign a waiver and pay the admittance fee.
  • Cost is FREE for ACA (American Canoe Association) members (ACA member number must be provided).
  • Cost is $5.00 per person for non ACA members which reflects the cost of the insurance.
  • When you register you will be hooked up with the official schedule of events.

Camp Couchdale Information

  • No pets
  • 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!

Potluck Dinner Saturday Night

The dining hall will be available starting at 5:30 and dinner will start around 6:30.  The kitchen will not be available.  This didn’t seem to be a problem last year, but be sure to plan accordingly. Please be sure to bring a dish to share.  Be creative and try for something just a bit more tempting than rolls or potato chips please.  Also, bring your own plate/serving dish and utensils. This year, in addition to the usual Potluck fare, our Dutch Oven Cook-Off Dishes will also be on hand at the potluck for everyone to enjoy!

Dutch Oven Demo and Cook-Off

This year in addition to the cook-off we will be treated to a session of Dutch Oven 101 conducted by the River Valley chapter of the Lone Star Dutch Oven Society. One of their esteemed members will also be helping to judge the competition.

Boat Raffle

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!

“Friday Night Lights”  Boat Ball

Returning to this year's Rendezvous is a new crowd favorite that debuted last year. After the ArkLaTex Chapter's Bayou Buffet, make your way down to the Lake Catherine Lagoon for a rousing game of boat ball!  This exciting game of water polo meets soccer meets kayaking is too much fun to miss out on!  And if that wasn't enough, play it at night by spotlights.  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!

Roll Clinics

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 AM and at the ledge from 9AM – 5ish 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 PM so plan to park on the Malvern side if you are staying later.  This year, the third annual Hometown Throwdown series will come to a close on Rendezvous weekend.  Brought to you by and Ouachita Outdoor Outfitters.  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 as well as 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 direction of additions 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!!!!!

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