If you have an event that you would like to see added to this list, please send me an e-mail with the name, date, and location of the event as well as a link to the website where someone would get more information on the event.



For a list of seminars offered by SherriKayaks on topics relating to paddle sports, check the  “Seminars” page of this website.


2016 Kayak Open Pool Sessions in SE Wisconsin and NE Illinois

Place: Walter Schroeder Aquatic Center, 9250 N. Green Bay Rd., Brown Deer, WI (If you have questions, contact Jim Jensen: (262) 751-9646. DO NOT CONTACT THE WSAC.)

Cost: $15 per person, you must be an ACA member (reduced rate introductory ACA memberships available at the pool sessions)

  • Sunday, January 10, 2016, 12:30-2:30pm CST
  • Sunday, February 21, 2016, 10am-12pm CST
  • Sunday, February 28, 2016, 12:30-2:30pm CST

For more information on the pool sessions and the costs, please see the Badger State Boating Society website.  There are also pool sessions scheduled for the Green Bay area listed on the Badger State Boating Society website.


Place: Vernon Hills High School,  145 Lakeview Pkwy,  Vernon Hills, IL 60031

Parking: Park on WEST side of building and come in main entrance. Pool Entrance: West doors of school building (main entrance) and the pool is right inside! Very short, easy carry!

We DO NOT offer instruction at these open kayak pool sessions.

Personal Kayaks/Canoes: Please clean and vacuum your boats prior to coming to keep this wonderful opportunity available to us!
Pool: 8 lane, 25 meters
Contact: Brooke Gabris for more information on dates/times/cost: brooke.gabris@d128.org


Recreational and Touring/Sea Kayak

February 26-28,2016 – Florida Gulf Coast International Sea Kayak Symposium, St. Petersburg, FL

May 27-30, 2016  – West Michigan Coastal Kayaker’s Association (WMCKA) Symposium, Montague, MI

June 10-12, 2016 – The Great American Canoe Festival, Ely MN

June 11-17, 2016 – Paddle Namekagon, Osceola, WI

July 8-10, 2016 – Door County Sea Kayak Symposium, Door County, WI

July 14-17, 2016 – Great Lakes Sea Kayak Symposium, Grand Marais, MI

August 11-14, 2016 – Ladies of the Lake Sea Kayak Symposium, Munising, MI

September 9-11, 2016 – Bayfield Paddle Rally, Bayfield, WI


Traditional/Greenland  Sea Kayak

May 13-15. 2016 – Traditional Inuit Paddlers of the Southeast, Waterloo, SC

June 2-5, 2016 – Qajaq Camp, Maple Plain, MN

June 10-12, 2016 – South Sound Traditional Inuit Kayak Symposium, Twanoh State Park, WA

June 25-28, 2015 – Hudson River Greenland Festival, Croton-on-the-Hudson, NY

August 11-14, 2016 – Ladies of the Lake Sea Kayak Symposium, Munising, MI

August 25-28, 2016 – Qajaq Training Camp, Frankfort, MI

September 8-11, 2016 – Traditional Paddlers Gathering, Lake Carlos State Park, Alexandria, MN


Surf Kayaking

March 18-20, 2016 – Santa Cruz Paddlefest, Santa Cruz, CA



June 10-12, 2016 – Maine Canoe Symposium, Bridgton, ME

June 10-12, 2016 – The Great American Canoe Festival, Ely MN

June 17-19, 2016 – Wisconsin Freestyle Canoe Symposium, Pine Lake Camp, Westfield, WI

July 14-17, 2016 – Adirondack FreeStyle Symposium, Ray Brook, NY

September 9-11, 2016 – Midwest Canoe Symposium, Peninsula, OH


Whitewater Kayak and Canoe

Buttercup Kayak Slalom Series

  • May 21, 2016 – Spring Race, Wolf River, Camp Gardner, Langlade, WI
  • July 16, 2016 – Bicentennial Riverfront Park, Fox River, Yorkville, IL
  • August 13-14, 2016 – Chippewa River, Jim Falls, WI
  • September 24, 2016 – Last Ditch, Wolf River, Camp Gardner, Langlade, WI


Stand-Up Paddleboard


Paddle Sports (retail and instructional)

March 11-13, 2016 – Canoecopia, Madison, WI

April 15-17, 2016 – Charleston Outdoor Fest, Charleston, SC

May 14, 2016 – Laacke & Joys Paddlefest, Brookfield, WI


Wilderness First Aid Courses


Competitive Events

Starts March 5, 2016 – Ultimate Florida 2016, circumnavigation of Florida

Starts March 5, 2016 – Everglades Challenge 2016, Tampa Bay to Key Largo, FL

Starts March 5, 2016 – Ultra Marathon 2016, Tampa Bay to Englewood, FL

March 19, 2016 – Battle on the Bayou, Ocean Springs, MS

April 30, 2016 – BluzCruz Canoe and Kayak Race, Vicksburg, MS

April 19-24, 2016 – WBPC 2016 Carolina Cup, Wrightsville Beach, NC

April 24, 2016 – Run of the Charles, Massachusetts

May 7, 2016 – Texas River Marathon,

Starts May 17, 2016 – OkoumeFest Challenge 2016, Chesapeake Bay

May 27-29, 2016 – South Dakota Kayak Challenge, Yankton, SD

June 5, 2016 – Mid-American Canoe & Kayak Race, Aurora, IL

June 10-12, 2016 – 1st Annual Northwoods Paddlin’ Shootout, Townsend, WI

June 10-15, 2016 – Texas Water Safari, San Marcos to Seadrift, TX

July 10-12, 2015 – Death’s Door Paddlefest, Washington Island, WI

July 16, 2016 – Eppie’s Great Race, Sacramento, CA

Starts August 27, 2016 – Minnesota Voyageurs Challenge 2016, Voyageurs NP to Grand Portage

September 17, 2016 – Jr. Texas Water Safari, San Marcos to Staples, TX

November 6-8, 2016 – Surf to Sound, Wrightsville Beach, NC



Canoe/Kayak Racing Organizations

If you are interested in participating in competitive events, check these websites.  Most have calendars of events listed on their sites, not all of which will make it onto the events listed above on my SherriKayaks.com site.



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