Great Adventures in your Backyard.

The UWCA creates great adventures for youth, families, and adults on the Mississippi River. Join us for a day trip, overnight camping trip, or multi-day trip. It's an experience that will last a lifetime.

Paddle the River

Come paddle one of our 24-foot Voyageur canoes on the world-class river that flows though your back yard. Register for a trip listed below.



The UWCA program creates great adventures for youth. We offer both day and overnight trips and provide all the equipment you need. No experience necessary.


The UWCA program is all about having adventures outside, right here in the twin cities. Most trips take place along or on the Mississippi River. Our trips are always safe and you don't need...

What is the UWCA?

The UWCA has grown in a few short years into one of the most successful programs in the country for engaging youth with the outdoors. The collaboration between the core partners of Wilderness Inquiry (WI), the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area (NPS), and the Mississippi River Fund (MRF) began in earnest in 2008. These partners set the goal of growing the program to serve 10,000 people a year, mostly students, with a combination of Mississippi River day trips, overnight camping experiences in nearby parks, and canoe “workshops” at local festivals and events. With support from all the partners and additional funding from a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a grant from the Minnesota Legislative Citizens’ Commission on Minnesota Resources, the program grew quickly toward that goal. In 2011 the UWCA paddled with over 8,000 people.  

The UWCA program has also developed multiple agency partnerships. The Minnesota...