Recreational Canoe Races
Notice: Due to high water levels, the canoe races have been postponed. The new race date will be Saturday, August 19th.
Date: June 24 2017
Time: 9:00 AM, Grudge Matches 10:00 AM
2 person teams
$30 pre-registered $45 race day
Registration: Online Registration
|Recreational Race Classes|
|C-2Adult/Youth||2-person team (1 over 18 and 1 under 14 years of age)|
|C-2 Fledgling||2-person team (each between 10-14 years old)|
|C-2 Juniors||2-person team (each between 15-18 years old)|
|C-2 Mixed Couples||2-person team (1 male and 1 female)|
|C-2 Mens||2-person team (males only)|
|C-2 Womens||2-person team (females only)|
|C-2 Seniors||2-person team (combined age of at least 100 years)|
|Grudge Matches||See description below|
The Recreational Canoe Race starts at the tailwaters of Brookville Lake. The race runs the entire length of the East Fork where it then joins the West Fork. After racing along the beautiful Whitewater the race concludes at the Franklin County Conservation Club totaling 2.4 miles. Transportation will be available after race.
These races are intended for the novice, first-timer or weekend warrior--perfect for couples, parents and children, or those just in it for the fun. The trip entails beautiful scenery on the entire length of the course.
Grudge MatchesGrudge Matches are Recreational Canoe Races that are arranged for specific industries to compete, HEAD TO HEAD.
Compete against your industry competitors, and get some cheap publicity for your business. Hey, you might just win, and then think how satisfying that will be.
In previous years, we've had the following Grudge Matches:
- Banks Race
- Media Race
- Realtors Race
- Lawyers Race
- Hair Dressers Race
- Survivors Race
Recreational Race Rules
- Recreational canoe maximum 18'6" in length, ALUMINUM CANOES ONLY
- Designs are subject to race officials' discretion
- Participants must sign waiver of liability and have USCG life vest, if under 18 parent or guardian must sign waiver
- Race-day officials can make adjustments to rules and classes as needed
- Judges decisions are final
Recreational Race Course Map
View Brookville Canoefest Recreational Race Map in a larger map
IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR THOSE WANTING TO PRACTICE RACING
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.