Championship Races

Championship Trophy

Date: TBA 2020

Time: 8:30 AM

1 and 2 person teams $30 per person pre-registered $45 per person race day
(Canoe not included)

Registration: See you in 2020

Franklin County Public Transportation will provide transportation back to the start after the race

Championship Race Classes
C-1 Canoe1-person team with a canoe
C-2 Standard*2-person team with standard canoe
C-2 Aluminum*2-person team with aluminum canoe
C-2 Womens*2-female person team with standard canoe
C-2 Mixed*Male and female team with standard canoe
K-1 Kayak1-person team with a kayak
*To compete in the C-2 races, your vessel must comply to the following specifications
1. It must weigh 50 or more pounds
2. It must be 18.5 feet or less in length
3. It must be wider than 15% of the length at its midpoint.

The Championship Canoe Race is 8.4 miles in length. The trip entails beautiful scenery on the entire length of the course with some Class 2 and Class 1 rapids. It starts at the tailwaters of Brookville Lake on the east fork of the Whitewater River. The race runs the entire length of the east fork where it then joins the west fork. After joining the West Fork the race continues along the Whitewater until the finish line at Morgans Canoe Rental in Cedar Grove. A shuttle will be available after the race.

Originally, this race was known as the "USCA Rules Race" but since 2010 we have run under slight modification of USCA Rules, which has widened the field and created a very competitive race. That said, obviously: These races are not USCA points races.

Racers in traditonal C-2 Standard and C-2 Aluminum Races compete for the ultimate prize, the Traveling Trophy, with winners engraved back to 1963. The winners will have their names engraved the Trophy, and will get to hold it for one year.

The Trophy was created by Brookville legend Al Brown, who played a big role in the original canoe races. It has undergone some changes, a new canoe on its top, and a new base which makes it, we believe, the largest canoe race trophy in the world. it is a legendary piece of canoe memorabilia, and continues its long history each year in the modern Canoefest races. The trophy is engraved with winners back to 1963.

Awards will available to winners as soon as results are confirmed, with the exception of the grand prize, the Traveling Trophy, which will be awarded at the Awards Ceremony. Those wishing to receive their award early in the afternoon may do so.

There will be an official awards ceremony for those who wish to receive their awards on stage, the presentation of the Travelling Trophy, and to those who wish to receive wild raucous applause from the Canoefest crowd. The awards ceremony is presided over by the Canoe Princess and her Court. Those winners who are not in attendance will still have their name(s) announced at the Awards Ceremony.

Championship Race Rules

Championship Race Course Map

View Brookville Canoefest Championship Race Course Map in a larger map


Canoefest starts at the Brookville Lake Tailwaters, beneath the Brookville Lake Dam. This area is under the jurisdiction of the Army Corps of Engineers, and is not a public put in for boats. Canoefest is allowed to start there under a special permit FOR RACE DAY ONLY. Those putting in at the Brookville Lake Tailwaters at other times are breaking the law and subject to enforcement and penalties.

The primary purpose of the Brookville Lake is flood control, both locally, and nationally, as a part of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers flood control. Water release from the dam can be very low, or dangerously high, with little notice in between. On race day, the US Army Corps of Engineers graciously give us a flow that paddlers love, and is not only fun, but safe and consistent. On other days there is no such assurance. Thus putting in at this location is not only illegal, it is dangerous.

Please respect our arrangement with the US Army Corps and do not put in at the Brookville Tailwaters. For practice on our rivers, there are two liveries in Brookville, as well as public put-ins to take advantage of our great paddling rivers.