2023 Paddling Events

Paddling Life brings you a comprehensive list of upcoming paddling events. Kayak, rafting, stand up paddle boards, whitewater, angler, retail, and river stewardship events.

Don’t forget to support your local paddling shop while attending the events.

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March Paddling Events

9-12 Canoecopia; Madison WI. Info: Click Here 

18-19 WKC Spring Cedar River Race (downriver and slalom); Maple Valley, WA. Info:

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TBD Santa Cruz Kayak Surf Festival; Santa Cruz, CA. Info: Click Here  

April Paddling Events

1-8 Downriver Equipment Rafttopia Spring Kickoff Sale and Used Boat Swap. Info: Click Here

1-2 Suwannee River Paddling Festival; Suwannee, FL. Info: Click Here

22 Nantahala Outdoor Center Spring Fling, (13077 Highway 19 W, Bryson City, NC). Info: Click Here

May Paddling Events

5-6 30th Annual Cheat River Festival; Albright, W.Va. Info: Click Here

19-21 Dominion Riverrock Two-day Festival; Richmond, VA. Info: Click Here

21 Des Plaines River Canoe & Kayak Marathon; Des Plaines River, Illinois. Info: Click here

26-29 Annual WMCKA Spring Confluence; Big Blue Lake, MI. Info: Click Here

26-29 CKS Paddlefest and Buena Vista Pro Rodeo; Buena Vista, CO Info: Click Here

26-28 47th Bigfork Whitewater Festival; Bigfork, MT. Info: Click Here

TBD Hell or High Water Weekend, presented by Ottawa Paddleshack; Petawawa River, Ont. Info: Click Here

TBD South Platte River Clean Up (Downriver Equipment); Denver, CO. Info: Click Here

June Paddling Events

2-4 Animas River Days, Durango, CO. Info: Click Here

2-4 Yampa River Festival, Steamboat Springs, CO. info: Click here:

3 Dolores River Festival; Dolores, CO. Info: Click Here

TBD Oh Be Joyful Race; Crested Butte, CO Info: Click here

3-4 Salmon la Sac Slalom and DR Races; Cle Elum River, Roslyn, WA. Info: Click Here

3-4 Maine Canoe Symposium;  Info: Click here

8-11 Big Gear Show, Denver, CO. Click here

8-11 GoPro Mountain Games; Vail, CO, Info: Click Here

9-11 Great Reno  River Rally. Info: Click Here

9 Taylor Downriver Race/Gunnison River Festival; Gunnison, CO. Info: Click Here

10 6th Annual PADDLE RUN (5.1 miles), Thomas Bull Memorial Park to Benedict Farm Park, Montgomery, NY. Click here

15-18 FiBARK Festival; Salida, CO. Info: Click Here

19-21 Outdoor Retailer Tradeshow; SLC, UT. Info: Click Here

13-17 Madawaska Canoe Centre Week of Rivers; Ontario & Quebec. Info: Click Here

12 Sunshine State Games Canoe & Kayak Marathon; Middleburg, FL. Info: Click here:

17-18 St. Albans Yak Fest/Tour De Coal Community River Float; St. Albans, WV Info: Click here

18-24 22th Annual Schuylkill River Sojourn; Schuylkill Haven, PA. Info: Click Here  

22-25 Yukon River Quest; Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada. Info: Click Here 

24 Rotary of Pass Christian Paddle the Bay, 5k, Pass Christian, MS.  Info:

24-26 Zoar Outdoor Demofest; Charlemont, MA Info: Click Here

25 Ridgway River Festival; Ridgway, CO. Info: Click Here

25 Callie Rohr Memorial Canoe Race; Wisc. River, WI,
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TBD Citizens for the River; Denver, CO. Info: Click Here

July Paddling Events

14-16 Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival; Cañon City, CO. Info: Click Here

25-29 Madawaska Kanu Centre – Slalom Week; British Columbia. Info: Click Here

30-7 Canadian National Championships; Canmore, Alberta. Info: Click Here

September Paddling Events

5-9 Madawaska Canoe Centre Week of Rivers; Ontario & Quebec. Info: Click Here

15-17 The Paddle Antrim Festival; Ellsworth, MI to Elk Rapids, MI Info: Click Here

16 Kayak Skramble (kayak relay, Folly Beach S.C info@kayakskramble.com; 

23 15th Annual PADDLE BATTLE; Hopewell, VA. Info: Click Here.

November Paddling Events

4 Collegiate Whitewater Festival, Index, WA Info:https: Click Here

Please contact us with information about other events to add to our calendar by emailing info@paddlinglife.net.