Saturday, august 17, 2019


Thank you to all of our sponsors that help make SUP Day possible!

The Chippewa County Community Foundation (CCCF), in partnership with Bird’s Eye Outfitters, is excited to bring you the newest outdoor-paddling event to Sault Ste. Marie. On Saturday, August 17th, 2019.

What is SUP Day? SUP Day is an all-day event that celebrates “The Soo” as an outdoor-paddling destination for all to enjoy. A group of outdoor enthusiasts have planned a day on the water with something for everyone. Rotary Island Park will be the main staging area for all the events.


On-site registration will begin at 7:00 am at Rotary Island

Must be at least fourteen with parental permission*

Voyager Island Biathalon

This four mile paddling/running race will take contestants on a paddle through the chain of islands near Rotary Park and a run through Voyageur Island: the Sault’s newest paddle destination. (Appropriate footwear required. Plan for rough terrain).

The Kayak Race will start at 9:00 a.m. and The Stand-Up paddle Boards will start at 9:15 a.m. 

Portaging Portage Race

This two-person race starts with one racer paddling two miles from Sherman Park to Ashmun Bay. Both racers will “PORTAGE” their kayak/paddle board two miles down Portage Avenue (next to the Soo Locks) to the Kemp Marina. The second racer finishes the last leg of the race by paddling two miles from Kemp Marina to Rotary Island Park.

The Kayak Race will start at 10:30 a.m. and the Stand-Up Paddle Boards will start at 10:45 a.m.

Chain of Island Race

This four mile paddling race with several classes will take racers around the chain of islands and back to Rotary Park.

The Kayak Race will start at 12:30 p.m. and the Stand-Up Paddle Boards will start at 12:45 p.m.

Michigan Canoe Races

The Soo Ultimate Paddle (SUP) Day committee is excited to offer Michigan Canoe Racing Association’s newest C-1 and C-2 Expert I & II sanctioned races. And, only the seconded race offered in the Upper Peninsula. 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. There is so much to see and do in Sault Ste. Marie, that you will want to make a weekend of your time here.

MCRA – C2 race will start at 8:30.  MCRA – C1 race will start at 2:30. 


Ample parking available at Aune Osborn park.

Bird’s Eye Outfitter’s Guided Island Tours 

Enjoy a two hour guided tour starting with a paddle through the chain of islands, followed with a scenic walk through Voyageur Island Park. Bring your own canoe, kayak, or stand-up paddleboard, or rent a kayak on-site (limited qualities available). Groups are small. Call Bird’s Eye Outfitters to reserve a spot at 906-259-7121.

Tours leave on the hour, every hour from Rotary Island starting at 11 AM; last tour at 4PM.

Adults $25/Youth $10

St. Mary’s Scenic River Float

Paddlers and water lovers of all ages can enjoy this leisurely float down the river’s inner channel from Rotary Park to Harvey Marina. TubePro river tube, life jacket, and shuttle service back to Rotary Island provided.

Cost by donation


Rotary Island Rendezvous

Families are invited to a fun-filled day of activities, food and games at Rotary Park. 

-Voyager Island tours

-Bird’s Eye Outfitters & Adventures Guided Water Trail Tours

-Short’s Brewery Craft Beer Garden

-Rides on “The Beast” (10 person stand-up paddle board)

-Food and Merchandise Vendors



-St. Mary’s River Scenic Float

-Wild and Crazy Canoe Battleship

-Historic Voyager canoe rides

-Squirt-Gun Races

-Kid’s Playground

-Freighter watching


Canoe Battle Ship              

 Can you and your crew defeat the five other enemy vessels inhabiting your territorial waters (aka Rotary Island Park Lagoon)? Can you survive each naval encounter by sinking enemy ships using only the water buckets, shields and mystery items at your disposal? 


Shorts Brewery Craft Beer Garden

While enjoying all that SUP Day has to offer, stop into the Short’s Brewery Beer Garden and sample the latest flavors on tap. Whether you are interested in something light and crushable or something big, boozy, and delightful, Short’s will have you covered. Beer Garden is open from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm.

$1,500 Voyageur Island Sponsors

$500 Stand-Up Paddle Board Sponsors

$250 Canoe Sponsors

$100 Paddle Sponsors

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