25th Annual Arkansas Canoe Club Rendezvous
It's almost time for another one! Read on for good stuff to know and check back often for deets. You don't want to miss it!
September 14th-16th, 2018
Lake Catherine State Park near Malvern, AR
Sanctioned by the American Canoe Association
What is Rendezvous?
Rendezvous (n. pl.) rend-dez-vous (-vooz)
tr. & intr. v. rend-dez-voused, ren-dez-vous-ing
Believe it or not, this is the 25th year for Rendezvous. As always, we’ll have a lot of fun and try our best to expose people to what a wonderful organization the ACC truly is. All sorts of activities are on tap for this year including a film Friday night highlighting the greatest moments of past Rendezvous weekends and epic trips from ACC members. We will need your help with this. Details coming soon through the Facebook page, but for now be gathering your best pics from boating trips and Club events.
Remember to check this page periodically to find out updates to the schedule of events and helpful information for the weekend. We like to think of The Rendezvous as a little bit like a family reunion, only a whole lot more fun. So, don’t miss out! Grab your family, camping gear, Dutch Ovens and most important your boats and come on down to Lake Catherine State Park for a little bit of rendezvousing!!!
Here's what you need to know for a successful Rendezvous.
Stuff to eat
Friday Night Dinner: The Central Chapter will be hosting dinner Friday night for a small fee. Details regarding menu, price and proceeds coming soon.
Saturday/Sunday Breakfast: Will be provided once again by Dennis Buccella and his breakfast brigade will be serving pancakes and sausage to hungry Rendezvousers for a modest fee. All proceeds benefit the gauge fund.
Saturday Night Dinner: TBD, check back for details.
Stuff to Do
Lake Catherine Morning Tour: Folks, it's a beautiful little lake and we'll be sleeping and playing right by and on it, so why not go check it out? Lisa Logan with Lake Ouachita Kayak Tours has graciously offered to help us do that very thing. She'll be there with touring kayaks and the requisite gear and will lead the tour. 9:00 a.m. departure Saturday morning. Personal boats are of course also welcome provided they can keep up.
Kayak Fishing Tournament: Brand new for this year's vous, the fine folks at Ouchita Outdoor Outfitters are sponsoring a kayak fishing tournament on Lake Catherine. Details will be forthcoming.
Perambulators (I think that's an old timey term for bikes): The generous folks at Spa City Cycling will be on hand all day Saturday with demo bikes. In exchange for a smile and your signature on a waiver you can ride one all over the park. Cool, huh?
World Kayak Hometown Throwdown: We're pleased to say the Hometown Throwdown team will be back at Rendezvous this year. I hear they have some spectacularly silly plans this year, so plan to be at the Rockport ledge Saturday afternoon to spectate and if you're so inclined even participate! Exact time TBD
Bag-O Tournament: Back by popular demand with a tweak or two. Stay tuned.
Ouachita River Pirate Float: Stay tuned for details.
Where to Sleep
The park is our oyster......sorta. There are two options for camping at Rendezvous. If you like lots of camaraderie and don't want to pay for camping the group camp area affectionately known as Picnic Hill is for you. There will be plenty of folks (yours truly included) shacked up there in tents, hammocks and other abodes. It'll be fun! However, if you prefer a little more privacy and/or amenities you may find an RV site more to your liking. There are ten of those bad boys reserved in the club's name and all have water and electricity, but despite the description you don't necessarily need an RV to claim one. What you DO need is $22 plus tax per night. If that sounds more up your alley call the park at 501-844-4176 and press option 2. Tell the nice person on the other end you're reserving for Rendezvous and they'll take it from there. Piece o' cake, but don't dawdle! When they're gone they're gone!
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. In the near future a schedule will be posted here and on the Facebook page. Adult beverages are welcome. Rude behavior is not. Well behaved four legged family members are welcome too. Please observe all park regulations which essentially amount to not being a jerk.
*EVERYONE who comes to Rendezvous, including volunteers, MUST register before entering the park. This is for your benefit and ours. If this is a problem for you please reach out to me.*
Okay, you are now an informed Rendezvouser. We are very excited about the new venue, the new events and the return of some old favorites. We've worked hard, so come out and enjoy it! See you at 'vous!
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