Saturday, August 20, 2022

ROTARY ISLAND PARK

The Chippewa County Community Foundation, in partnership with Bird’s Eye Outfitters are excited to bring you the 5th annual Sault Riverfest (formerly Soo Ultimate Paddle Day) on Saturday, August 20, 2022 in beautiful Sault Ste. Marie, MI.

Sault Riverfest celebrates Sault Ste. Marie as an amazing playground for paddling and outdoor recreation.  Come join us for a day full of fun, competition and relaxation on Rotary Island in beautiful Sault Ste. Marie, MI.  With so much to see and do in Sault Ste. Marie you will definitely want to spend your weekend taking in all that this area has to offer.

Events and Activities

Ample parking available at Aune Osborn park.

8:00 am  Michigan Canoe Races Association – MCRA C2 Race

Registration begins at 7 am on Rotary Island

The Riverfest committee is excited to again partner with Michigan Canoe Racing Association (MCRA). While racing, you have the excitement of seeing the Great Lakes lake freighters up close and personal. You will enjoy all the beauty that the upper peninsula has to offer while racing down the St. Mary’s River.

9:00 am Mimosas & Yoga

Mimosas + Two Yoga Sessions (now you can do yoga both on land or your standing paddle board!)

  • Yoga is free
  • Mimosas will be for sale on site

Mimosas from 9:00 am to 11:00 am under the Marchetti’s Beverage Tent.

  • Break & Yoga: 9am – 11am 
  • Two 45-minute Yoga sessions
  • 9:15 am – 10:00 am
  • 10:15 am – 11:00 am

Bring your paddle board (a limited number of paddle boards will be available on a first come – come first bases.) and join us for yoga on the St. Mary’s River. If stand-up paddle board yoga is not exactly your thing, bring your yoga mat and join in along the shoreline (Fair and full disclosure – there is goose poop) 

10:00am Communitywide Battleship Challenge

Registration begins at 9:00 am

  •  Teams will assemble at Rotary Park to participate in this event.  Your team of three people representing your organization, sports team or business will take sail in a canoe and face three other teams in the Rotary Lagoon area with the purpose of sinking the other teams.  The Community Foundation will arm your team with water guns, buckets and more, and we will provide all the canoes, life jackets and paddles you will need.  Think you have what it takes to be the top team in the city and take home the first ever Riverfest Cup?  Bragging rights are on the line and team costumes are encouraged!

 

  • This event is limited to the first 32 teams to sign up and spots are filling up fast.  There is no cost to participate, so get you team together, grab a fan club and start working on your technique 

Ready to sign up? click here

 

11:00 am – 4:00 pm RIVERFEST EVENTS

Rotary Island

  • St. Mary’s River Float
  • Canoe Battleship
  • Beast Jousting
  • Large Voyageur Canoe Rides
  • Water slide
  • Slackline
  • Frog Fishing with a chance to win an LSSU Norris Center Membership
  • Music throughout day
  • Food vendors
  • Marchetti’s Beer and Beverage Tent

River Float

  • FREE Event
  • 11am – 5pm
  • A leisurely float down the scenic St. Mary’s River
  • River tubes and paddles provided on-site
  • Life jackets provided on-site

Canoe Battleship

  • FREE Event
  • 11am – 5pm
  • 6 Canoe Battleship – Canoe battleship is a fun event where teams of four people try to sink other teams’ canoes and be the last boat floating at the end of the day.
  • Canoes and paddles provided on-site
  • 5 gallon buckets and super soaker cannons provided on-site
  • Life jackets provided on-site

Marchetti's White Claw Tent

  • All Day located on Rotary Island
  • Enjoy a variety of your favorite refreshments and music in Marchetti’s Distributing White Claw Tent

Large Voyageur Canoe Rides

  • FREE Event
  • 11am – 5pm
  • 10 person adventure through the islands near Rotary Park
  • Giant canoes and paddles provided on-site
  • Life jackets provided on-site

 

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm  St. Mary’s River Scavenger Hunt

Registration begins 9am

  • Free Event!
  • First 50 people can reserve tubes/life jacket for free

 

Think you know the St. Mary’s River? 

Twenty plus challenges. Two hours. One epic adventure. Your two person team will solve puzzles, complete challenges, and explore the chain of islands in the St. Mary’s River.  Sign up as a team of two.  Registration starts at 9:00 am on Rotary Island.  Scavenger hunt 12:00 – 2:00 pm

You can use any non-motorized (canoe, kayak, stand-up paddle board, paddle boat, etc) vessel.  All participants must have an approved lifejacket.

2pm – 3pm Talley results and award winners

Prizes for the winners (and a new love of the St. Mary’s River)! 

1:00 pm  PRO/AM Canoe Race

Registration 7:00 am - noon

The Riverfest committee is excited to again partner with Michigan Canoe Racing Association (MCRA) to bring our first ever PRO/AM race. Think you have what it takes to compete with a professional canoe racer, now is your chance.   While racing, you have the excitement of seeing the Great Lakes lake freighters up close and personal. You will enjoy all the beauty that the upper peninsula has to offer while racing down the St. Mary’s River.

This is a competitive race with several classes (youth 14 – 17, adult 18 – 49, masters 50+, male/female) in both Stand-up Paddle Boards and Kayaks. 

3:00 pm Riverfest Party Paddle

Registration All Day

  • Free Event
  • Event time: 3:00 – 5:00

Bring your Kayaks, Canoes and Paddle Boards and transit through the local islands in this giant waterway parade.

Thank you to all of our sponsors that help make

Sault Riverfest possible!

Voyageur Island Sponsors

Kayak Sponsors

Stand-Up Paddle Board Sponsors

Canoe Sponsors

Cleary Rental

Cleary Rental

Paddle Sponsors

Dr. Kristin Fairbanks, DDS

Dr. Kristin Fairbanks, DDS

DDS

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