This year, we will have a Grand Prize drawing in celebration of the 20th Quiet Water Symposium.  Thanks to Ron Sell of Unadilla Boatworks and to Bear Paulsen and Ted Bell of Northstar Canoes, we will have the pleasure and honor of offering a Northstar Phoenix as the Grand Prize in a special ticketed drawing.
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The Quiet Water Society presents:
The Quiet Water Symposium
Outdoor Michigan's Favorite Indoor Show
Presented each year on the first Saturday in March.
A part of Michigan State University's Agriculture and Natural Resources Week
The Quiet Water Society is a 501C3 corporation founded to educate the public and encourage participation in non-motorized outdoor recreation; to promote public concern for the water resources of the Great Lakes region; to support environmental stewardship and conservation of natural resources; and to plan and execute annual and special events for any or all of the purposes listed in this section.

The Quiet Water Symposium celebrates non-motorized outdoor recreation and a shared concern for our Great Lakes Environment.

At the Symposium visitors will find presentations by world famous authors, photographers, and expedition travelers. Other presentations may cover skills, safety, local and distant destinations. There may be presentations on bicycling, sailing, diving, and history.

The Symposium has a wide range of exhibits on the show floor. You will find clubs and nature centers. Handcrafted and historic watercraft will be on display. Biking, hiking and water trails are represented. Conservation and watershed groups are available. A number of outfitters and liveries are represented to support your outdoor adventures.  We have a growing selection of outdoor oriented retailers as well.
Verlen Kruger Award: The Verlen Kruger Award is given annually to a person (or persons ) who has supported and promoted conservation and paddle sports in Michigan. If you would like to nominate a recipient for the Verlen Kruger award please click HERE.
Note that nominations close December 31. We do retain previus nominations.

Presentations and demonstrations: We are always looking for presentations for fthe 2016 Symposium. If you would like to make a presentation at a future Symposium, please click HERE.
Volunteering: The Symposium could not exist without a dedicated staff of volunteers. There is always for need for volunteers involved with long term planning and promotion of the Symposium. There is also a need for day of the show volunteers. If you would like to volunteer to help with the Symposium please e-mail us,

This link will be live around November 2015 HERE for the 2016 sign up
The 2015 Quiet Water Symposium is now history. 2020 people paid to attend the Symposium. We estimate that there were another 700 exhibitors and volunteers. Thanks to all for your support and efforts. A special thanks to MSU, the ANR Weeks staff, and the Pavilion staff.
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Exhibiting: Would you like to exhibit at the symposium? We would love to have you. Thanks to the support of Michigan State University and Agriculture and Natural Resources Week, we are able to provide exhibit space to individuals and non-profit organizations at no cost. There is a fee (listed on the sign up form) for commercial exhibitors. Please sign up HERE.

E-mail us with any questions.
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The 21st Annual Quiet Water Symposium will be Saturday, March 5, 2016
at the MSU Pavilion

Quiet Water Society Grants
It is a part of the mission of the Quiet Water Society to provide support to educate the public and to encourage participation in non-motorized outdoor recreation and other related activities. To provide this support the Socidety is able to provide a limited number of grants. to apply, please download and submit this form.

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Quiet Water Video: Please check out Drew Mason's video from the 2013 Quiet Water Symposium. Drew donated his time and skills to put this together. A big thanks from all of the show staff!
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Grand River Watersheds:

The Lansing area watershed is the Middle Grand River and is supported by the Middle Grand river Organization of Watersheds (MGROW). There are also watershed organizations for the Upper Grand River and Lower Grand River watersheds.

Please become involved with your local watershed organization.