Paddlemania: St. Louis River Rendezvous 2017 - Sat, July 29th & Sun, July 30th

Paddlemania is an annual event where whitewater paddlers from around the region and nation come together to enjoy the beauty and the challenge of the St. Louis River. Paddlemania is also for those interested in getting into whitewater paddling and for those folks that enjoy watching whitewater paddling.

Blast to the Bridge is a whitewater kayak downriver race. Watch expert kayakers paddle the steep and technical rapids of the lower St. Louis River through the heart of Jay Cooke St. Park. Best time wins!

Open to the Public

Watch expert paddlers, learn about whitewater kayaking, or get a team of four together for team rafting!

Saturday, July 29th

10:00am to 12:00pm Racer Check In.

12:30pm Race Safety Staff Meeting

12:45pm Racer Meeting

1:00pm Boaters head to Start

1:15pm First Kayaker launches

4:00pm Slot Machine Showcase Showdown

6:00pm Grill Out and Awards

Blast to the Bridge: Watch expert kayakers navigate class III to IV+ rapids as they race down the lower St. Louis River to the Swinging Bridge in Jay Cooke St. Park. Best time wins! Racers can register here.

Slot Machine Showcase Showdown: A narrow falls that can be tricky to negotiate without getting stuck in the bottom. Watch as expert paddlers take a gamble by either beating the odds and clearing the base of the falls or letting the house win by getting stuck.

Blast to the Bridge: Watch expert kayakers navigate class III to IV+ rapids as they race down the lower St. Louis River to the Swinging Bridge in Jay Cooke St. Park. Best time wins! Racers can register here.

Sunday, July 30th

10:00am to 1:00pm Team Rafting Check In.

1pm Race Safety Staff Meeting

1:15pm Team Rafting Meeting

1:30pm 1st Heat Launches

2:15 pm Second Heat

3:00 pm Third Heat

3:45 pm Fourth heat

4:30pm Awards to Team Rafting winner

Team Freestyle Rafting Event: Get your team of four together. An experienced paddler appointed to you by the event Safety Team will steer your raft as you work together to obtain eddies, ferries, peel outs, and surf your way to points on the lower St. Louis River.

Raft team with the most points wins. Sign up now!

Swiftwater Adventures will be supplying the rafts and equipment and some of the guides for the Team rafting, the other guides will come from a pool of experienced paddlers appointed by the event committee. Some experienced paddlers will be bringing their own raft and teams.

Everyone must register to race.

Spectators will need a Minnesota State Park sticker or pay $5 for the day

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