Features at a Glance
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Enjoy the easy-going ambiance of a Northwoods resort—we’ve recreated an “up north” vacation getaway, complete with a cozy cabin, campfire and relaxing lake view right on the show floor. Try paddle sports on the lake, enjoy the music of "Jambo" Joe Bones around the campfire, browse outdoor gear or kick back and order something to eat from the alpine shed.
The Sea-Doo SPARK is one of the hottest personal watercraft (PWC) around—and now it’s also the coolest! Check out our custom pair of SPARKS carved entirely out of ice by Minnesota Ice Sculptures using some of the most advanced ice carving technology available. Docked just outside Entrance C, these life-sized ice sculptures are true works of art. Be sure to stop by and snap a “Boatie” to share with your friends.
Take the helm of a virtual boat to practice basic boating maneuvers and improve your boating skills—without leaving dry land. The United States Power Squadrons® new Boating Skills Virtual Trainer (BSVT) makes learning fun! It features a steering wheel and a real Mercury throttle you use to “drive” a 20-console boat on a lake with other powerboats, sailboats, navigation aids and a marina.
Training options include close quarters maneuvering, docking and more. Instructors can adjust current and wind direction and velocity, and day/night settings to vary the degree of difficulty and challenge you whatever your skill level.
DIY seminars and workshops covering boat and motor maintenance, repair and upgrades.
Watch, learn and do! If you’re a do-it-yourselfer or boat owner in search of practical, professional advice, Fred’s Shed is your go-to resource. Daily seminars and clinics cover maintaining, repairing and upgrading boats and motors, feature demos on boat and motor cutaways and interactive questions/answer sessions. Click for our free seminars and clinics schedule.
In search of a new way to enjoy the water, spend time outdoors or energize your exercise routine? Head to the PaddleFest Pool to experience the fun of stand up paddle boarding( SUP), kayaking and other paddle sports. Attendees 10 years of age or older will be able to try out kayaks and SUP in a huge pool right on the show floor.
We provide all the gear and instruction you need to take a demo ride—no experience needed. Bring your swimsuit to the show or use one of our wetsuits, changing rooms will be available.
Click for our PaddleFest schedule.
Take a step back in time to admire the craftsmanship of vintage boats and chat with other enthusiasts as you “ooh and aah” over expertly restored craft. Boating enthusiasts and nautical history buffs alike will enjoy this fascinating look at a bygone era presented by the Bob Speltz Land-O-Lakes chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society.
Among the variety of boats on display is Rocketeer —a 1948 Ventnor. This twin engine 23' Deluxe Runabout features a true three-point-suspension hydroplane hull and two Graymarine “Fireball” six-cylinder engines and could reach speeds in excess of 50 mph. Just six of these boats were built and only three are known to exist today. Rocketeer is the fifth of the six boats built and its restoration was completed in 2015.