Celebrate Paddling Invitational

Lake Flower Ave
Saranac Lake, NY 12983
Registration varies based on event entry

Celebrate Paddling Invitational

The Celebrate Paddling Invitational is the culmination of Celebrate Paddling month in the Adirondacks, held this year on Sunday, June 26, at Riverfront Park in downtown Saranac Lake. This family-friendly paddling event has something for everyone, including races for all ages and abilities, boat demos from local Adirondack outfitters and information from boat builders — there’s also a chance to buy or sell your used boat or paddling gear.

The Celebrate Paddling Invitational includes the following race categories — all skill levels are invited to participate:

  • Kids race
    • Cost: Free!
    • Start: 10 a.m.
    • Distance: 0.5 miles
    • Ages: 8-12 and 12-15
    • Boat types: Solo recreation, solo kayak, tandem recreation, tandem kayak, SUP
    • Click here to register!
  • War canoe: Join a war canoe team – boats will be provided!
    • Cost: Free for those signed up for another event; $10 per participant for war canoe race only.
    • Start time: 10:30 a.m.
    • Distance: 0.5 miles
    • Route: Triangle course on Lake Flower
    • Click here to register!
  • Family race
    • Cost: $25 per boat
    • Start: 11:15 a.m.
    • Distance: 3 miles
    • Route: Course will be set around Lake Flower
    • Click here to register!
  • 3-miler
    • Cost: $25 per paddler
    • Start time: 11:15 a.m. (or immediately after 10-miler waves are released)
    • Distance: 3 miles
    • Route: Course will be set around Lake Flower
    • Boat class: C-1 stock canoe, solo recreation (double-bladed paddle), C-2 stock canoe, tandem kayak, SUP
    • Click here to register!
  • 10-miler
    • Cost: $30 per paddler
    • Start: 11 a.m., pre-registration required
    • Distance: 10 miles
    • Route: Start and finish on Lake Flower. Follow shoreline marked by buoys, out the channel to Oseetah Lake, watch for course markers and safety boats, circle round the buoy near Lower Locks, return to Lake Flower paddling the south side of the lake to buoy turn near dam, finish at the cedar tree in Riverfront Park.
    • Boat classes and age delineations: same as ‘Round the Mountain
    • Click here to register!

If you’re feeling frisky, make it a full weekend and register for the Tupper Lake 8-Miler. This race starts at the Town of Tupper Lake Boat Launch on Lake Simond Road and goes to the Route30 bridge and on to the Raquette River, the Oxbow and returning to the Boat Launch. Distance is 8 miler. A NYPRA Points Race for canoes and kayaks. Entry fee: $15. T-shirts for the first 60 registrants!

Celebrate Paddling is a collaborative event sponsored by:

For more information about the Celebrate Paddling Invitational, email karrie@northernforestcanoetrail.org.

For a complete schedule of Celebrate Paddling events, click here.

Photo of several paddlers in Riverfront Park at previous years event