Launch Sites

I-74 Bridge construction was delayed due to the record flooding the area experienced this spring. This has resulted in the archways being put in place during Floatzilla. There will not be enough room for small crafts to navigate the construction safely. We will be back in Empire in 2020!

Launch from in the Sylvan Slough and portage over Sylvan Island on this 6.5 mile trip to Lake Potter. Drop off your canoes and kayaks at 100 17th Street in Moline then park at the TaxSlayer Center. A shuttle will bring you back to the YMCA docks where you can get on your way! (6.5 mile paddle with an estimated paddle time of 2-3 hours.) All paddlers launching at the Bass Street YMCA must portage over Sylvan Island.

Shuttles back to the Bass Street YMCA and TaxSlayer Center Parking lots will be leaving from Sunset Park/Lake Potter after the World Record attempt and group photo. Leave your boats in the security area while you get a ride back to your vehicle. Return to Sunset Park to pick up your boat.

Launch from Leach Park in Bettendorf and lock through at Lock and Dam 15. (6.5 mile route with an estimated paddle time of 2-3 hours - RIVER CROSSING REQUIRED.) All paddlers launching from Leach Park must lock through.

Shuttles back to the Leach Park Launch site will be leaving from Sunset Park/Lake Potter after the World Record attempt and group photo. Leave your boats in the security area while you get a ride back to your vehicle. Return to Sunset Park to pick up your boat.

Lindsay Park Yacht Club offers slip entry before locking through at Lock and Dam 15 on your way to Lake Potter! (5 mile route with an estimated paddle time of 2.5 hours - RIVER CROSSING REQUIRED).

Shuttles back to the Lindsay Park Yacht Club will be leaving from Sunset Park/Lake Potter after the World Record attempt and group photo. Leave your boats in the security area while you get a ride back to your vehicle. Return to Sunset Park to pick up your boat.

Launch your boat at Marquette Street, Davenport, IA, for a short paddle on the Mississippi River (2-mile route with an estimated paddle time of 1 hour - RIVER CROSSING REQUIRED).

Shuttles back to the Leach Park Launch site will be leaving from Sunset Park/Lake Potter after the World Record attempt and group photo. Leave your boats in the security area while you get a ride back to your vehicle. Return to Sunset Park to pick up your boat.

Credit island has been rendered inaccessible by the record flooding this spring. We will be back at Credit Island in 2020!

Paddlers can also register to launch at Lake Potter on the day of the event.

All skill levels: launch & paddle on the protected backwaters of Lake Potter

click here to register online at Get Me Registered

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