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The Lake Galena Kayak 5K

Lake Galena
100 Marina Dr.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815.777.2000

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This flatwater contest is fun for all! Kayak or canoe, pick your pleasure. Choose from a 360-meter sprint or 720-meter sprint. Or take on the big challenge - the Kayak 5K!

Categories include single and tandem kayak and single and double canoes plus adult and youth divisions. Register by Aug. 14 and receive a T-shirt and brat meal the day of the races. The top three finishers in each event will receive awards.

Vessels can be rented from the marina or Fever River Outfitters

8:30 a.m.: check-in/registration.
-9 a.m.: mandatory meeting.
-9:30 a.m.: paddling begins.

$5: youth.
-$12: adult.
-$15: registrations received after Aug. 14.
*For tandem events, both paddlers must register and pay.

All kayaks and canoes are welcome as long as they are properly registered in the owners' home state and are free of aquatic invasive species.
-All participants are required to wear a personal flotation device with a whistle attached.

Download the registration form here. Categories and age divisions are listed on the form.