Summer Kayaking Events Round-Up: Midwestern United States

With summer upon us, there is no better time to get out on the water with your kayak. We’ve scoured the Internet to find the best kayak events happening this summer across North America.  We found a wide range of events, everything from serious races to family friendly festivals. Here’s a breakdown of what’s going on in this summer in Midwestern USA. To see what events are going on elsewhere, click on the region you’re interested in: Canada, Northeastern US, Southeastern US, Western US.

Photo by Barry Skeates from Flickr

Date Where What
Jun 1-30 Coon Rapids, MN Mississippi River Hyperbaric Classic
Jun 3 St Charles/Batvia, IL Mid-American Canoe & Kayak Race
Jun 3 Holly, MI Shiawassee River Paddle Event
Jun 8-10 South Bass Island, OH South Bass Island Kayak Rendezvous
Jun 9-10 Aurora, IL Illinois Paddlesports Festival
Jun 15-17 Charles City, IA Charles City Challenge
Jun 15-17 Door County, WI Washington Island Canoe & Kayak Event
Jun 15-17 Wausau, WI Wausau RiverFest
Jun 21-23 Cincinnati, OH 11th Annual Ohio Riverway Paddlefest
Jun 23 Charles City, IA Iowa Games Whitewater Slalom
Jun 24 South Bend, IN Michiana’s Paddlefest
Jul 7-8 Muscoda, WI Annual Wisconsin River Canoe & Kayak Race
Jul 13-15 Rowley’s Bay, WI Door County Sea Kayak Symposium
Jul 14 Yorkville, IL Illinois Whitewater Festival
Jul 18-22 Grand Marais, MI Great Lakes Sea Kayak Symposium
Jul 27-29 Washburn, WI Board Across The Bay Race & Festival
Jul 28-29 Saint Paul, MN Mississippi River Challenge
Jul 31-Aug 3 Kansas City, MO 7th Annual Missouri American Water MR340
Aug 3-5 Two Harbors, MN Two Harbors Kayak Festival
Aug 11 Chicago, IL Chicago Shoreline Marathon
Aug 17-19 Grand Marais, MI Ladies Of The Lake Sea Kayak Symposium
Aug 18 Mendon, MI 2012 Mendon Riverfest Kayak Race
Aug 25 Columbus, OH Kayak For A Cure- Columbus
Aug 25-26 St. Charles, MO Race For The Rivers

If you know of any other Kayak events happening in the Midwest this summer, drop us a line in the comments, and we’ll update our listings!


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