A canoe with the WWA logo.

This year, Wisconsin Wetlands Association is making a special effort to help others experience the wonder and beauty of wetlands. We’re holding a Swampstakes—a sweepstakes-with-a- wetland-twist—to encourage more people to become members of Wisconsin Wetlands Association and to provide opportunities for our current members to help spread the word about wetlands. Join the fun and you could win a restored vintage canoe!


The Swampstakes Grand Prize: a 1941 Old Town wood canvas canoe lovingly restored by WWA Board Vice Chair Jim Ruwaldt. This wood canvas canoe is a “model AA,” the top of Old Town’s line in 1941. Jim has the original build sheets for the canoe and used them to guide his restoration.

Other prizes:

  • $100 gas card from Kwik Trip
  • Walleye fishing trip on Green Bay

Additional prizes yet to be announced.

The drawing for the Swampstakes will be held in February 2023.

RSVP for an Upcoming Swampstakes Event

June 16, 2022: Florence, WI

Florence Natural Resources Center
7:00 pm

Join Tracy Hames, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Wetlands Association, for a presentation about wetlands and how can help solve watershed challenges related to flooding and water quality–all while providing great places to hunt, fish, and recreate. You can also enter WWA’s Swampstakes for a chance to win a beautiful restored 1941 Old Town canoe!
The presentation is free and open to the public, so bring your friends!

June 21, 2022: Eau Claire, WI

Hosted by Karen and Marty Voss
5:30 – 7:30 pm

Marty and Karen Voss invite you to join them for a reception and field tour at their home in Eau Claire (address provided upon RSVP) with the Wisconsin Wetlands Association.
Learn how they’re caring for their land, how WWA helped, and how you can protect wetlands.

How to Enter

You have multiple opportunities to enter the Swampstakes. Each of the following actions makes you eligible for an additional Swampstakes entry:

  • Become a new member by giving $30 or more.
  • Recruit a new member who gives $30 or more.
  • Renew your current membership.
  • Organize and host a WWA field tour and/or meet-and-greet event in your community during the Swampstakes (one entry for organizing/hosting and one entry for each event attendee who becomes a new member as a result of that event).
  • Become a Wetland GEM® by signing up to give every month through a recurring monthly donation. (Current Wetland GEMs® are automatically eligible for an entry in the Swampstakes.)
  • Make a legacy gift:
    • Notify us that you’ve included Wisconsin Wetlands Association in your will.
    • Make a gift of stocks, property, or real estate.
    • Notify us that you’ve named Wisconsin Wetlands Association as a beneficiary on your life insurance or retirement plan.
    • Set up a charitable gift annuity.

The more of these things you do, the more chances you have to win! Of course, anyone who sends a postcard to our office (214 N. Hamilton Street, Suite 201, Madison WI, 53703) indicating their interest in the Swampstakes will also be entered (no purchase or donation necessary).

About the canoe

This 1941 Old Town OTCA is a “model AA,” the top of Old Town’s line in 1941. Jim has the original build sheets for the canoe and used them to guide his restoration. The canoe is built with traditional wood and canvas construction, in which canvas is laid over a framework of lightweight cedar planks and ribs. According to the WoodenBoat School:

“This construction method permits a clean, sharp entry and a subtle shape that is difficult to achieve with aluminum or fiberglass. The century-old technology of clenching thin planks to steamed frames and then covering the hull with a tight canvas skin yields an amazingly flexible and rugged craft.”

The thwarts and inwale of the restored canoe are mahogany and the stem and outwale are white ash (learn more about canoe terminology). Jim used dark green paint in this restoration as that was the original color of this canoe. He maintained Old Town’s trademark diamond-shaped bolts and the period-appropriate Old Town decal.

One new feature: the simple green leaves of WWA’s logo now grace the canoe’s bow.

Learn more about canvas-covered Old Town canoes.

About the restoration

Want to know more about what went into the restoration of this 1941 Old Town wood canvas canoe? Join Jim to learn about and watch various key points in the restoration process—we promise you’ll be even more impressed with this canoe once you know the art and craft that went into its restoration.

The fine print


  • Members of the board and staff of Wisconsin Wetlands Association and their immediate family members are not eligible for the Swampstakes.
  • The winner of the Swampstakes Grand Prize canoe is responsible for picking up and transporting the canoe from southcentral Wisconsin (no delivery).
  • Only one prize per Swampstakes