Paddle For A Wish Clear Lake Iowa 2018

Welcome to the inaugural Paddle For A Wish Clear Lake Paddlefest 2018! 

Key Notes:

  • Date: Saturday, July 21st
  • Time: Packet pick up/check-in is 7am-8:30am. Race start @ 9am
  • Location: PM Park/Tiki Bar, 15297 Raney Dr, Clear Lake, IA 50428
  • Kayaks, Canoes, and Stand Up Paddle Boards allowed
  • 5mi & 3mi courses plus 1mi youth course
We are excited to announce our partnership with Make-A-Wish! A portion of the proceeds will go help support Make-A-Wish. You can read more about their story at

The best way to experience Clear Lake is lakeside. Grab your paddle and join the fun for our inaugural Paddlefest event! Explore the shores on your kayak, canoe, or SUP on either our 5mi or 3mi course.  Bring the kids along too for the 1 mi youth course (age 18 and under). Check out our Course Map tab to see our routes. See our Schedule tab for our race day line up. Need to rent a kayak, canoe, or SUP? Please contact us ASAP as there will be limited availability!

Entry Fee: $35 per paddler/$20 Youth Race (18 and under)

Registration Includes:
Race t-shirt (Must be registered by July 1st to be guaranteed a shirt)
1st, 2nd, 3rd place medals
Food for the participants
Raffle Prize: Participants will have a chance to win prizes donated by our sponsors and supporters

Race Start
The 5-mile paddlers will start first. The 3-mile paddlers will follow. 
The order of the paddlers will be: 
1) Stand up paddle boards
2) Canoes
3) Kayaks
There will be 2-minute intervals between each category

It will be held along the south shore of the lake. It will be marked with mile marker and turn around buoys. As you complete the course, keep the buoys on your left side. We will have a pontoon and jet ski on the course in case you have any questions after you start. The CLFD will also be patrolling in their red boat in case of any emergencies. 

Weather Policy
In the case of thunderstorms the day of the race, a weather delay of 30 minutes to one hour may be set in place. We will not send racers onto the water if lightning persists. In the event of cancellation, we cannot offer refunds. T-shirts will still be given out to all who registered in time to secure one. Following that deadline, t-shirts will be available while supplies last. 

For more information on paddling in Iowa, you can navigate to the Iowa DNR website

Questions??? Contact Jake at 641-231-1414 or
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*Subject to change

7am Check-in opens
8:45am Race briefing
9am  5mi Long course starts
9:09am 3mi Short course starts
11:30am Awards, food, raffle (Meals can be purchased by spectators while they last)
12pm 1mi youth course starts (Awards to follow)
The courses will have separate waves for each category with 3-minute intervals in this order (kayaks, canoes, SUPs)

Event Entries Click on an event to see who entered.

Casey Clabaugh2KayakMasters 40+Guy
David Harris3KayakMasters 40+Guy
Mary Harris4KayakMasters 40+Girl

Results Select an event to view results.

Note: All live times are unadjusted and unofficial.

5 mi Long Course 

3 mi Short Course 

1 mi Sprint Course 

Clear Lake is conveniently located 2 hours south of Minneapolis and 2 hours north of Des Moines on I35. To get to PM Park/Tiki Bar from downtown Clear Lake, follow South Shore past State Park for about 2 miles and you will find it located right next to CL Boats marina.


Jul 21, 2018


Clear Lake, IA