Arkansas Canoe Club

29th Arkansas Canoe Club Rendezvous                        

September 29th- October 1st, 2023

2115 Tanner St, Malvern, AR (previously ORBI Rentals)

This weekend-long event is held every fall, organized and executed by volunteer efforts of Arkansas Canoe Club members for the greater Arkansas boating community. We invite you to participate in any part of a weekend of fun and learning. You do not have to be a member to participate, though who wouldn’t want to join this group of diverse and kooky band of champions of recreation, conservation, and education of the paddling sports in Arkansas?

Registration is now open!
Pre-registration is encouraged, though not required, to make entrance to the event easy and quick. There is no additional charge to participate in clinics. Some clinics have a cap on the number of participants, some are land-based, and others will take place on the water, please take note of any gear requirements. Also, note times and durations of clinics, and do not sign up for overlapping commitments.

Register Here!


Where to Sleep

Primitive On-Site Camping: ORBI Rentals property is private and ours for the weekend. Set up your camp anywhere within the property's bounds. The further away from the pavilion area, the quieter, generally. There is room to spread out and drive your car to your preferred site. There is no electricity available for campsites. Port-a-lets and handwashing stations will be available for the weekend. THERE IS ONLY ONE SHOWER ON SITE. Plan accordingly. Please no RVs or large campers at this site.

Not-So-Primitive Camping: Lake Catherine State Park, 30 minutes away has reservable sites with full hook-ups.

Not Camping: This venue is very near the bustling town of Malvern, and several hotel options are within 5 minutes of the festivities.


$7 for breakfast each day

Friday- Pizza Party (included in cost of ticket)

Saturday- Food Truck


$10 per day for each adult covers the cost of the weekend including clinics and events. 


Other Stuff to Know

We want you to stay at Rendezvous all weekend, but if that's not in the cards there's plenty of fun to be had on Saturday. Adult beverages are welcome. Rude behavior is not. Well-behaved four-legged family members are welcome too, but need to be on a leash. Please observe all park regulations which essentially amount to not being a jerk.


Rendezvous Schedule


Friday, September 29th:


4pm: Check-in Begins

6pm: Pizza Party

6pm: Get a team together to build a cardboard boat! Race will be Saturday night. The Frontier Club will help get you started.

7pm: Boating movie with Don Rottman



Saturday September 30th:

Special Release: 7am-7pm

7-9 am:  Breakfast - Karen and Dennis Buccella ($5 paid at event)

8 am: Check-in table opens

  • Clinic: Outfitting Help- Dustin Slaughter (1 hr)

9 am:

·         Clinic: Knots for Paddlers- Steve Shepherd & Marcell Jones (1 hr)

·         Clinic: Wilderness First Aid Kit Packing- Don Rottman (1 hr)

·         Clinic: Intro to Sup- Rob Moody & Neil Morris (2 hrs)

10 am:

·         Clinic: Rafting 101-Joe Goodwin (1 hr)

  • Clinic: Packing for an Overnight Trip- Barry Collert & Jay Plunkett (1 hr)
  • Clinic: Mechanical Advantage- Steve Shepherd & Marcell Jones (1 hr) 

11 am:

·         Clinic: Kayak Roll Clinic- Byron Eubanks, Ryan Cloud, Rob Moody, Jeremy Diggins (2 hrs)

·         Clinic: Canoe Roll Clinic- T Yamashita (2 hrs)

·         Clinic: YOUTH (ages 12-17): Intro to Whitewater Kayaking- Diane Hannah & Joel Allenbaugh (2 hrs)

2 pm:

·         Clinic:  Basic Canoe- T. Yamashita (2 hrs)

·         Clinic: Beginner Kayaking for Recreational Boats- Elene Murray (2 hrs)

·         Clinic: Intro to Whitewater Kayaking- Ryan Cloud (2 hrs)

·         Clinic: Playboat Clinic- Jeremy Diggins & Dustin Slaughter (2 hrs)




·        Cardboard Boat Race

8pm- 7am:

·         Community campfire

·         River side camping


Sunday October 1st:

Special Release 7am-2pm

7am-9am: Breakfast - Karen and Dennis Buccella ($5 paid at event)


·         Clinic: Protect Those Shoulders- Bo Simeonov (1 hr)

·         Clinic: Wilderness First Aid Kit Packing- Don Rottman (1 hr)

  • Clinic: How Not to Die on the River- John Fletcher (1 hr)


·         Downriver Float: Remmel to Tanner St.


·         Camp Cleanup begins


·         Gates close
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