Where do I park?: Parking will be available next to the Ranger Station across from the Swimming Area (off Bellus Road) until filled. Free shuttles will be provided to and from additional overflow parking areas.

How is the challenge recorded?: A plane will fly over the lake and take a photo for evidence that the record has been achieved. Copies of all entry forms are also submitted to Guinness World Records for verification.

Do I have to pre-register?: Pre-registration is strongly encouraged, and will help the check-in process run more efficiently. Day of registration will be available at $20 per canoe and kayak with $10 per additional rider.

Can I bring my own boat?: Yes! You must have a canoe or kayak to participate and to count toward the record. No other types of boats are allowed. There are a limited amount of canoes/kayaks to be rented. Call 216-341-1704 for information on rental options.

If there are more riders in the boat, does it add more to the total count?: No. The record is based on the number of boats, not the number of riders.

What time should I arrive?: The schedule for the day is:
8 -10:30 a.m. – boats launch from the parking lot area, adjacent to the Swimming Area
11 a.m. – raft of boats gather on the lake in front of the Hinckley Lake Boathouse
11:15 a.m. – photo plane fly-over and record attempt!

Can I get a copy of the official photo?: Yes. Include an extra $3 per photo with your registration form/fee and check the corresponding box. The photo will be mailed to the address provided on the form unless otherwise indicated.

Can non-participants come to watch?: Yes. Spectator-friendly areas will be posted and marked. No admission fee is required for spectators not participating in challenge.


Welcome to Cleveland Metroparks site for the 2011 Guinness Book of World Records Canoe and Kayak Challenge. We'll be updating you with information related to the challenge and what you need to know, so please visit this page often for the latest, and let us know what you think in the comments!