We are getting ready for FLOATZILLA
Aug. 15, 2020

Take part in the largest paddle on the Mississippi! Experience the Mississippi River free of commercial barge traffic. All paddle crafts are welcome to participate, but only kayaks and canoes are allowed in Lock 15.

This year due to the COVID-19 pandemic we are changing some aspects of Floatzilla. Our most popular launch sites at Leach Park, Bass Street YMCA, and the Lindsay Park Yacht Club will have registrations limited to 400 paddlers, their launch windows are being expanded to four hours, and we will be assigning half hour launch windows to each group or paddler. For more information on launch sites go to our launch maps page. Buses back to each launch site from Lake Potter will leave every half hour from 10am to 4pm. The Lockmaster at Lock and Dam 15 will have ropes crossing the lock area this year so that paddlers can put six feet of distance between themselves and their neighbors. We will also not be holding the World Record attempt at Lake Potter.

Don't have a kayak or canoe? Check out our list of outfitters that serve Floatzilla. Our outfitters will meet up with you at a launch point with the boat, then wait at Sunset Park to pick it up after you finish paddling. Find our list of outfitters HERE.

Included in your registration fee, River Action provides a shuttle service from Sunset Park back to each of the launch sites.

Special Early Bird registration price of $20 now through June 30!

Participants may register via one of several ways:

  • Register online HERE
  • Stop by the River Action office at 822 E. River Drive, Davenport - Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

You can also register during Packet Pickup.

  • Friday, August 14 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at TaxSlayer Center Parking Lot at 1201 River Dr. Moline, IL 61265.

Event Day Registration

Though we recommend registering before the day of Floatzilla, you can also register at your desired launch location with cash payment. You may also register at Lake Potter with check or credit card.

Sign up to volunteer at this year's Floatzilla! Volunteers are needed on Friday and Saturday (Aug. 14 and 15) in multiple locations, and multiple jobs. All volunteers will receive a Floatzilla volunteer t-shirt at our volunteer orientation on Thursday, Aug. 13!

Positions include:

Packet pick-up at TaxSlayer Center on Friday, Aug. 14
Registration, parking assistance, unloading boats, and launch assistance at multiple locations (Bass Street YMCA, Leach Park, Lindsay Park Yacht Club, Marquette Street, and Lake Potter) on Saturday
Portage assistance on Sylvan Island
Sign up today!

Sign Up

Call (563) 322-2969 or email ntruesdell@riveraction.org with questions.

We will be having a Floatzilla volunteer orientation on Aug. 13 at Sunset Park in Rock Island, IL. This is the time when volunteers can pick up their t-shirts, understand where and what they will be doing at the event, and meet other volunteers!

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