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2019 Soo Ultimate Paddle Day

Saturday, August 17, 2019
7:00 am (Expired)
Rotary Park
1425 Riverside Drive
Sault Sainte Marie, MI 49783
Cost: Varies
Contact & More Info
Contact: Chippewa County Community Foundation
Email: cccf@lighthouse.net
Phone: (906) 635-1046


Soo Ultimate Paddle Day is an all-day, family-friendly event that celebrates Sault Ste. Marie as an outdoor recreation and paddling destination.
Please contact the Chippewa County Community Foundation at 906-635-1046 if you have questions about this event.
Information about the races are as follows:

Voyageur Island Biathlon

This 4 mile paddling/running race will take contestants on a paddle through the chain of islands near Rotary Park and a run through Voyageur Island, the Sault’s newest paddle destination.

On-Site Registration: Per-Contestant $25, 7AM at Rotary Island

(Must be at least 14 with parental permission)

Portaging Portage Race

This two-person race starts with one racer paddling two miles from Sherman Park to Ashmun Bay. Both racers will “PORTAGE” their kayak/paddle board 2 miles down Portage Avenue (next to the Soo Locks) to the Kemp Marina. The second racer finishes the last leg of the race by paddling 2 miles from Kemp Marina to Rotary Island Park.

On-Site Registration: Team $75, 8AM at Rotary Island

(Must be at least 14 with parental permission)

Island Race

This 4 mile paddling race with several classes will take racers around the chain of islands and back to Rotary Park.

On-Site Registration: Per-Contestant $25, 7AM at Rotary Island

(Must be at least 14 with parental permission)

Bird's Eye Outfitters Guided Island Tours

Enjoy a 2-hour guided tour starting with a paddle through the chain of islands, followed with a scenic walk through Voyageur Island Park. Bring your own canoe, kayak, or standup paddleboard, or rent a kayak on-site (limited qualities available). Groups are small: call Bird’s Eye Outfitters to reserve a spot, 906-259-7121.

Tours leave on the hour, every hour from Rotary Island starting at 11 AM; last tour at 4PM.

Adults $25/Youth $10

Lazy River Float

Paddlers and water lovers of all ages can enjoy this leisurely float down the river’s inner channel from Rotary Park to Harvey Marina. TubePro river tube, life jacket, and shuttle service back to Rotary Island provided.

On-Site Registration: Adults $15/Youth $10


Kid's Paddle-Powered Fishing Derby

This fishing contest has a slight twist-anglers age 5-17 may fish anywhere along the St. Marys River, so long as they are in a paddle-powered craft. Kids will enjoy this catch-photo-release fishing contest.

On-Site Registration: Per Contestant $10, 8AM at Rotary Island

Derby starts at 8AM-4PM

Rotary Island Rendezvous

Families are invited to a fun-filled day of activities, food and games at Rotary Park.