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.

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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.