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Kayak, Canoe Races & Events for June / July 2015

Kayak, canoe, SUP races and events coming up this summer – one for you!

Summertime is paddling time! So here are a few upcoming kayak, canoe, SUP and paddling events and races for you to check out. Have fun and be safe on the water!





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Two Day Kayak Expedition & Festival in Mighigan, September

Kayak September in Michigan? Yeah, it doesn’t get much better than that! Paddle Antrim (Antrim County, MI) is hosting a two day kayaking festival through Northern Michigan’s Chain of Lakes. That’s 40 miles in two days. But you don’t have to do both days – why wouldn’t you? In case you don’t, you can do either one or both.

Here’s more info, but be sure to check out the event page for dates, times, and the official website:

The Paddle Antrim Festival on September 18 & 19, 2015 includes a two-day kayak paddle covering over 40 miles of Northern Michigan’s Chain of Lakes. This non-competitive event focuses on celebrating and bringing awareness to the waterways of Northern Michigan. Paddlers will be able to register for either one or both days of the paddle event. The festival will conclude with a celebration at Short’s Brewing Company’s Production Facility in Elk Rapids.

Paddle Antrim is a 501(c)3 charitable organization for the primary purposes of supporting efforts to maintain water quality in the rivers, lakes, and streams in Antrim County, Michigan. We invest in the water trail infrastructure and facilitate public access to the waterways in Antrim County. Our goals include promoting public awareness of the waterways in Antrim County and educating the public on the need to preserve and protect these natural resources.

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Kayak, Canoe, SUP Races added to calendar

We just added a bunch of new kayak, canoe and SUP races to our events and races calendar. Here’s the link for you to browse the upcoming paddling events: Upcoming Kayak, Canoe, SUP Races & Events

Next up on our current calendar is the Lula Bridge Canoe Kayak SUP Race, Georgia. This annual race is the traditional kickoff of the paddling season for the year and is open to all Kayaks, Canoes and SUPs. We are bringing back the traditional 20K and 10K race course this year. It’s sure to be a fun and exciting day.

A little bit about Lake Lanier, GA:

Nestled in the foothills of the Georgia Blue Ridge Mountains and nurtured by the Chattahoochee and Chestatee Rivers, Lake Sidney Lanier is named for Sidney Lanier, whose admiration of the area’s scenic beauty inspired him to compose his famous “Song of the Chattahoochee”.

Lake Lanier is one of America’s favorite lakes. With several million visitors annually enjoying its recreational facilities, it has been the most visited Corp of Engineers project in the nation.

One reason for for the lake’s popularity is its proximity to metropolitian Atlanta, Georgia. A well-developed road network surrounds Lake Lanier, with several highways crossing the main body. Visitors can enjoy the city of Atlanta and, in the space of a short drive, can lose themselves in the tranquility at Lake Lanier.


Stayed tuned for more upcoming kayak, canoe, SUP events and races for 2015 and beyond!

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Kayak, Canoe, SUP the Beautiful Peconic River in July

The 3rd annual Paddle Battle Long Island is a kayak, canoe and SUP race / event that takes place on July 18. Race starts in scenic Riverhead, Long Island, NY and travels the beautiful Peconic River.

The Peconic River is a spectacular stretch of the estuary on Long Island’s historic east end. Races consist of 2.5 mile, 5 mile and 12 mile courses, designed for all skill levels.

This fun filled day of races helps raise money for the not-for-profit organizations The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation & East End Tourism Alliance.

Here’s a breakdown of race day, but be sure to visit the event listing for more information including the official race website:

2.5 Mile Race – Recreational
(Race categories: Recreational kayak, Stand up paddle boards) Each category will go off separately. This race is for fun and designed for the novice and less experienced paddler, but it’s still a race so bring your competitive spirit. This distance is one lap around Colonel’s island and back to the start/finish line.
* We also have designed a 2.5 mile mixed doubles race for canoes and kayakers any age group any mix {father son, mother daughters, you and your BFF} any way you want, but jump in and have some fun…….. Rentals for canoes and kayaks will be available for ($40.00 fee)

5 Mile Race – Competitive
{Race Categories: Recreational kayak, Sea kayak, Unlimited kayaks, Stand up paddle boards} Each category will go off separately. This race is designed for the serious competitive paddler.
This distance is two laps around the entire course, Colonels Island and back to the start/finish line two times.

12 Mile Race – Elite
{Race Categories: Any kayak/outrigger/canoe/two person kayak or canoe/ unlimited/anything goes}
This race is designed for the elite competitor. The distance is 6 miles out to Simmons Point around a buoy/marker and spotter boat, and back to the start/finish line.

SUP Sprint- 200 yards -Two classes –
First race is designed for the 12 and under beginners (parents can paddle next to them) straight shot buoy to buoy with no turn.

Second race is for all those that purchase a $10.00 raffle ticket to win a FOCUS Stand Up Paddle Board. This raffle ticket also gets you into the adult sprint race for all ages and all the bragging rights until next year!

*Bring your friends and fans for support so they can cheer you on at the start and finish line where they will be in full view!

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Weather is warming…Time to Paddle! Canoe, Kayak, SUP events

Brrr. But not for much longer! Now is the time to get your 2015 kayak, canoe, SUP events and race calender set. We’ve got a great listing for 2015 here on our Event pages:


We’ve also got tons of places to kayak, canoe, SUP on our Places to paddle page:


And we’re always looking to update our info to make sure the kayaking and paddling community has a great place to go to find places, races and events each year. So if you have a race or event that you want us to add to our listings, or if you know a great place to paddle, use our contact form to send us the info and we’ll get it posted:

**Be sure to give us as much information as possible including organizer info, race start location (addresses), websites and other contact information.


Thanks! We think 2015 is going to be a great year for paddlers!

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