2020 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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13-15 Canoecopia; Madison, WI, Rutabaga.com, 1-800-472-3353

22 Race for Clean Water; Kayak & Paddle Board Races, Centennial Park, Fort Myers

21-22 WKC Spring Cedar River Race
(downriver and slalom), Maple Valley, WA. Info:
theleague@nwwhitewater.org; www.nwwhitewater.org

26-29 Santa Cruz Kayak Surf Festival; Santa Cruz, CA, 831-425-4887; santacruzpaddlefest.com


3-5 Downriver Equipment Rafttopia Spring Kickoff Sale and Used Boat Swap, 303-467-9489, www.downriverequip.com

3-5 Suwannee River Paddling Festival, Suwannee/Withlacoochee Rivers,
352-377-8342, www.paddleflorida.org http://paddleflorida.org/

4-5 Rich Weiss Slalom, Chilliwack River, Chilliwack, BC www.nwwhitewater.org

4-5 Riverhouse Rendez-vous Slalom, Sandy, OR www.nwwhitewater.org

18-19 East Coast Canoe & Kayak Festival; Charleston, SC, Click Here

26-30 NOC Wildwaters Worlds, Bryson City, NC. Info: Click Here


TBD South Platte River Clean Up (Downriver Equipment), 303-467-9489, www.downriverequip.com

1-3 American Whitewater’s 23st Annual French Broad River Fest, Hot Springs, NC www.frenchbroadriverfestival.com

1-2 26th Annual Cheat River Festival, Albright, W.Va. www.cheat.org

1-3 Annual WMCKA Spring Confluence; Big Blue Lake, MI, Click Here

9 Chattahoochee Valley River Rally, Georgia.
Click Here

9 The Northwest Paddling Festival; Lake Sammamish State Park, Issaquah, WA The Northwest Paddling Festival

TBD Hell or High Water Weekend, presented by Ottawa Paddleshack. Largest whitewater event in Canada, on Petawawa River, Ont.

9-10 Reno Whitewater Festival. Click Here

15-17: Down River Equipment Rendezvous on the Ark, 303-467-9489, www.downriverequip.com

15-17 Dominion Riverrock, Richmond, Va. Two-day festival, featuring music, running, biking, boatercross and kayak big air events. Click Here

15-17 The Golden Games, Glenwood Springs, CO. www.thegoldengames.com

17 Des Plaines River Canoe & Kayak Marathon, Des Plaines River, Illinois. Choice of 18.5 mile Marathon or 5.25 mile Minithon, with music & food at the takeout; www.canoemarathon.com; info@canoemarathon.com; 847-604-2445

22-25 CKS Paddlefest and Buena Vista Pro Rodeo; Buena Vista, CO
Click Here

22-24 45th Bigfork Whitewater Festival, Bigfork, MT. www.bigforkwhitewaterfestival.com

30 Lyons Outdoor Games; Lyons CO
Click Here

30- June 2 Yampa River Festival/SUP Cup/Creek Race; Steamboat Springs, CO; Brought to you by Steamboat in the Summertime. www.friendsoftheyampa.com

30 Animas River Days, Durango, CO. www.animasriverdays.org


6 Dolores River Festival, Dolores, CO. www.doloresriverfest.org

6-7 Salmon la Sac Slalom and DR Races, Cle Elum River, Roslyn, WA www.nwwhitewater.org

TBD 22th Annual Schuylkill River Sojourn; 113 miles from Schuylkill Haven, PA, to Philadelphia’s Boat House Row. Info: Click Here

1-5, 8-12, 29-July 3 Week of Rivers, Ontario & Quebec, Madawaska Canoe Centre, Info: paddle@owl-mkc.ca, (613) 756-3620, http://owl-mkc.ca/mkc/event/canadian-shield-week-of-rivers/

4-7 GoPro Mountain Games; Vail,CO, Click Here

5-7 Maine Canoe Symposium; (207) 778-0853, www.mainecanoesyposium.com

18-21 FiBARK Festival; Salida, CO. Info: Click Here

20 St. Albans Yak Fest/Tour De Coal Community River Float; St. Albans, W. Va. Info: 304-546-0785/304-419-4417

TBD Oh Be Joyful Race, Crested Butte, CO https://www.facebook.com/events/1511581385619912/

TBD Callie Rohr Memorial Canoe Race, Wisc. River, WI, 26 miles.
Click Here

TBD 39th Annual Outdoors Inc Canoe & Kayak Race, Memphis, TN. Largest Canoe and Kayak Race in the Southeast. Click Here

TBD Gunnison River Festival, Gunnison, CO. www.gunnisonriverfestival.com

22 South Platte River Festival. Denver, CO

23-25 Outdoor Retailer Tradeshow, Denver, CO. www.outdoorretailer.com

26-28 Zoar Outdoor Demofest; Charlemont, MA
Click Here

24-27 Yukon River Quest, 460 miles from Whitehorse to Dawson City.
Click Here

27 Ridgway River Fest, Ridgway, CO

26-28 American Whitewater Deerfield River Festival, Charlemont, MA Click Here


10-11 Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival, Cañon City, CO

13-17 Madawaska Kanu Centre – Slalom Week, British Columbia owl-mkc.ca/mkc/event/kayak-slalom-camp/ 

22-25 The Big Gear Show, Salt Lake City, UT. www.thebiggearshow.com

23-27 Week of Rivers with Katrina in British Columbia,  Madawaska Kanu Centre, Info: paddle@owl-mkc.ca, (613) 756-3620, owl-mkc.ca/mkc/event/canadian-shield-week-of-rivers/



1 Ohio River Paddlefest www.OhioRiverPaddlefest.org.

3-9 Canadian National Championships, Canoe Meadows, Kananaskis, Canmore, Alberta www.albertawhitewater.ca/

TBD Gore Fest, Kremmling CO. Info: Click Here

TBD Potomac Whitewater Festival/Great Falls Race; Potomac river Washington DC


TBD American Whitewater Gauley River Festival; Summersville, WV
Click Here

TBD 24nd Annual Feather River Festival, Feather River, CA


TBD Moose Fest, Moose River, Old Forge, NY. Info: www.facebook.com/MooseRiverFestival/

18 Mamquam Race, BC Championships, Mamqaum, BC, ccekayakcoach@gmail.com


TBD Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival, Sanibel/FT. Meyers, Fla.
Races, events, and more. Click Here

25th Annual Green River Race, Asheville, NC. https://greenrace.us/https://greenrace.us/

7-8 WKC Fall Cedar Whitewater Races, Maple Valley, WA, joeyyeaple@hotmail.com




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