August, 2014 Paddling Events

August 2
Neches Wilderness Race

Frankston, TX
Good old Texas heat and another great day of adventure on the Neches River. Canoeists and Kayakers, young and old, expert and beginner, are expected out in large numbers for our annual fund raiser for Trinity Valley Community College special needs scholarship fund. Volunteers will see the racers safely through to the finish line and the cold refreshments, watermelon, hamburgers, and hot dogs that await them.

Paddle Grapple
Bryson City, NC
This multi-discipline event offers participants a 3 and 6 mile option, both of which circumnavigate two islands near the Tsali Recreational Area. Enjoy the cool water and views of Great Smoky Mountains National Park as you race SUP, Surfski, marathon, or recreational kayaks and canoes on beautiful Fontana Lake. After the race, participants and families are invited to try whitewater SUP for free.

Savannah Paddlefest
Augusta, GA
8.5 mile race on Savannah River. First 4 miles has shoals and class I & II rapids. The last 4.5 miles is deep water. Shuttle service provided. Canoe and Kayak Race will include 2 classes: Open Race (for serious racers) and Recreation Race will field C1 and K1, male and female, C2 and K2, male, female and mixed classes. SUP Race offers an Open class and Stock Surf class. The Raft Competition is meant to be fun for all, participants and spectators with prizes for design, originality, and first across the finish line. Festival and vendors.

August 3
LakeFest 2014: Raft-a-Palooza
Laconia, NH
Help prevent the spread of aquatic nuisance plants and animals and be part of our attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest canoe and kayak raft on a single body of water.

Kensington Canoe and Kayak Race
Kensington Metropark, near Milford/Brighton, MI
The third annual Canoe and Kayak Race begins and concludes at the West Boat Launch of Kent Lake. The race is open to all skill levels, single and double kayaks, and is divided as follows: surf skis – 12 miles; 14 ‘ -17’ boats – 7 miles; under 14’ ,  tandem canoes – 5 miles.

August 12-15
9th Annual Missouri River 340
Kansas City, MO
The Missouri 340 is an endurance race across the state of Missouri. Competitors will start in Kansas City and finish (some of them anyway) in St. Charles. With numerous towns and hamlets, the course offers plenty of opportunity for resupply while enroute. The Missouri River is also incredibly scenic and isolated in some stretches, with wildlife and beautiful vistas to rival any river in North America.
Participants are allowed exactly 88 hours to complete the course. Required safety meeting – August 11.

August 16
Yankton Riverboat Days Kayak Run
Yankton, SD
This fun-run style six-miler is all about community and speed! Come join the fun on a unique short hop in history-rich Yankton, South Dakota during its biggest gathering of the year!

16th Annual Cape Cod Against the Tide Event
Brewster, MA
The Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) will be holding their annual Against the Tide swim, walk, run, kayak fundraising event. 7:00 am to 12:00 noon. The morning event consists of a competitive and recreational swim, kayak, walk, and run component, and an Aquathlon – a competitive 1-mile swim and 5K or 10K run.

Bayou La Batre Kayak Classic
Bayou La Batre, AL
Kayak Fishing Tournament divisions are
Redfish, Speckled Trout, Flounder, White Trout, and “Triple Threat”
Entertainment before the awards ceremony. Great prizes!

Floatzilla 2014
Rock Island, IL
The morning is for paddling the Quad Cities Water Trails on the Mississippi River from one of five launch sites to Lake Potter in Rock Island, IL. You can also put-in at Lake Potter to enjoy food, music, and a paddlesports tradeshow. At 2:00 p.m. everyone will gather for a traditional group photo and an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest raft of canoes and kayaks.

August 16-17
WCHA Upper Great Lakes Regional Assembly
Shell Lake, WI
The Wooden Canoe Heritage Association Upper Great Lakes Chapter will host its Assembly on the shores of Shell Lake with a wooden boat show, demonstrations, vendors, canoe trips, and swap meet. Free admission, open to the public. Onsite camping is available: for information call 715-416-1006 or grousepoint(at)
For general event information call 715-205-6583 or toomanygnus(at)

Aug 16-18
Ladies of the Lake Sea Kayak Symposium
Grand Marais, MI
“Women Kayaking with Women for Women.” The beautiful waters of Lake Superior will provide a great place for participants of all abilities to hone their skills. During the symposium there will be instructional courses, clinics on a variety of kayaking related topics, interesting and inspiring slide shows, as well as opportunities to try out the latest and greatest paddling gear and clothing. Trips will explore the local shoreline as well as the world-class destination Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

August 22-24
WI Charity Kayak Race
St. Germain, Wisconsin
A relaxing weekend of silent water sports, yoga and food demos. Friday kicks off with evening drum circle; all day activities Saturday include kayak race; and activities all day Sunday end at 4 pm.

August 23
Night Float Tube Fishing and Kayaking
Castaic, CA
Night time kayaking on Lower Lake 7:00 P.M. to midnight. Lake is small but great for work out, carving practice or wild life viewing. L.A. county Lifeguard on duty with boat. All proceeds go to friends of castaic that distributes to many charities. Sit-on-top kayaks can be rented: call ahead.

Cow Harbor Paddlefest
Northport – Long Island, New York
Exciting fundraising event for kayaks and SUPs benefiting the Northport Fire Department. There will something for everyone at this exciting fundraising event from the elite racers to the family and friends cheering from the shore. In addition to the paddling activities, there will be stand up paddle board and kayak representatives, demonstrations, vendors, music and food. 6 mile race, 3 mile recreational, 1 mile kids. This event will be hosted by and benefit the Northport Volunteer Fire Department.

August 23-24
Oyster The Race
Denver, CO
Oyster The Race is the ultimate urban hybrid race, sending teams of 2-6 racers out on a mystery course around the city. Now heading into its 9th season, Oyster is the longest running “urban adventure race” in the USA. The courses can range from 15-30 miles and 3-6 hours, providing an endurance level to suit all apetites. Oyster has an uncanny ability to combine athleticism with thought provoking strategy. While you “may not” get burned or covered in mud, teams can be seen running, biking, kayaking, rock climbing and performing crazy stunts while solving city and sponsor specific clues in a race to the finish line. Racers can then spend the rest of their afternoon reminiscing about their day of adventure, mistakes, sweat, awesomeness and discovering the city.

Race for the Rivers
St. Charles, MO
Events include a two-stage, 65-mile paddle along the Missouri River for serious canoeist and kayakers; a 41-mile race; a laid back 20-mile trip; and a 25-mile race Sunday. Race for the Rivers Festival will take place in St. Charles Saturday.

August 30
Paddle for Parkinson’s
Corpus Christi, TX
A five-mile kayak/stand up paddle board relay through the canals of Padre Island/Corpus Christi that can be paddled solo or in teams.
1.25 miles per leg makes it attractive to the novice, as well as the experienced paddler.  Proceeds benefit Parkinson’s patients.

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