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Clear Lake Paddlefest 🛶

July 29 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

$30 – $50
Clear Lake Jaycees
  • Date: Saturday, July 29th
  • Time: Packet pick up/check-in is 8:00am-9:15am. Start time @ 9:30am
  • Location: State Park Beach, 5999 S Shore Ct, Clear Lake, IA 50428
  • Kayaks, Canoes, and Stand Up Paddle Boards allowed
  • 1, 3, and 5 miles routes
  • Awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each race
  • Kids can ride along with an adult for free
The best way to experience Clear Lake is from the lake. Grab your paddle and join the fun for our 5th annual Paddlefest event! Explore the shores on your kayak, canoe, or SUP on either our 5 mile, 3 mile, or the fun 1 mile loop.  Bring the kids to ride along as well!  Check out our Course Map tab to see our routes. See our Schedule tab for our race day line up. Need to rent a kayak, canoe, or SUP? We will have some for rent, but there will be limited availability! Please reach out to [email protected] if you planning to rent.

This is a FUN event! No pressure on what your time is. We are timing it for those who wish to make it competitive. Our goal is to promote an active lifestyle while enjoying our beautiful lake. This is a great opportunity for water sport enthusiasts to come together and have a good time!  There will be awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers in each race. Each participant will also recieve a waterproof bag. Any funds raised will go to local charitable causes.

-Entry Fee for the 1 mile course is $30 per paddler
-Entry Fee for the 3 mile course is $40 per paddler 
-Entry Fee for the 5 mile course is $50 per paddler 
Registration Includes:

-Light breakfast and drink for participants & 1 waterproof bag.

-Fun day on Clear Lake and opportunity to meet other paddlers!

Race Start
The 5-mile paddlers will start first. The 3-mile paddlers will follow.
There will be 3-minute intervals between each category. Please see our Schedule tab for more information.

-Registration includes 1 paddler. If you have a tandem kayak or canoe, you must register and pay for each paddler. 

The 3 mile and 5 mile course will have one mile dog leg to the south and one square mile in the middle.  The one mile course will be one square mile straight out from the beach. We will have aid boats and sea doos on the course in case you have any questions or need assistance after you start. The FD will also be patrolling in their red boat in case of any emergencies. Please see our Course Map tab for pictures of our routes.
Weather Policy
In the case of thunderstorms the day of the race, a weather delay of 30 minutes to one hour may be set in place. We will not send racers onto the water if lightning persists. In the event of cancellation, we cannot offer refunds. Race Swag will still be given out to all who registered in time to secure one. Following that deadline, Race Swag will be available while supplies last.
For more information on paddling in Iowa, you can navigate to the Iowa DNR website http://www.iowadnr.gov/Things-to-Do/Canoeing-Kayaking
Questions??? Contact [email protected]


July 29
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
$30 – $50
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Clear Lake Jaycees
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Clear Lake State Park
6490 S Shore Ct
Clear Lake, IA 50428 United States
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(641) 357-4212
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