Launch Sites

Advanced Paddlers: Launch your boat at Empire Park, East Moline, IL, for an extended paddle that locks through at Lock and Dam 15 (12 miles with an estimated paddle time of 3-4 hours). All paddlers launching from Empire Park must lock through.

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

Intermediate Paddlers: 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.

Intermediate Paddlers: 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.

Must paddle back to Credit Island for shuttle. After arriving at Credit Island, leave your boats with our security team while you ride back to your vehicle. Return to Credit Island to pick up your boat.

Novice Paddlers: 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).

Must paddle back to Credit Island for shuttle.Once you arrive at Credit Island, leave your boat in our security area while you ride back to your vehicle. Return to Credit Island to pick up your boat.

Novice Paddlers: Launch your boat at Credit Island for 0.5 mile paddle across the Mississippi River (1/2 -mile route with an estimated paddle time of 30 minutes - RIVER CROSSING REQUIRED).

Must paddle back to Credit Island after the event.

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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