Hello all:

On behalf of Cleveland Metroparks, we regret to inform everyone that the 2011 Canoe & Kayak Challenge to be held Saturday, May 21 at Hinckley Lake is CANCELLED.

After reviewing the number of pre-registered canoers and kayakers, we've determined that it would not be fair to all parties to continue in the record attempt.

If you've pre-registered, either your check will be mailed back to you within the week and if we've processed your check, a refund will be mailed by the end of the month.

We appreciate your support.

Thanks again -
Cleveland Metroparks

Friday, May 6

We've received many phone calls about the challenge and the deadline to pre-regiser, we just ask that you have it post marked by Friday, May 6.


Entry Form

A few people called again and said the entry form printed too small, try printing from here:


Canoe & Kayak Challenge Video

Someone emailed and said they did not see the regsitration...we have a tab for it above, but here it is, too.


Celebrate Earth Day at the Ohio Expo Center for "PaddlePalooza II! Ohio's Outdoors Expo." The event is Friday, April 22 4 - 8 p.m. and Saturday, April 23 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. at Ohio Expo Center's Lausche Building. Cleveland Metroparks will be there promoting the Canoe & Kayak Challenge - for more info on what else will be there, visit

ACA Water Blog

The ACA posted info on the canoe and kayak challenge -

Here is the flyer on the camp site info....

Limited Number of Campsites Available

Thanks to Exchange Cabin, a limited number of campsites will be available for May 20 and 21. For information, call Mark Frantisak at 216-978-8276 or email at

Rapid - The Whitewater Magazine featured us today:


Time to Come Together & RECLAIM the World Record from Pittsburgh!

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania's Venture Outdoors is set to announce that they are the current official Guinness World Record holder for the Largest Raft of Free Floating Canoes & Kayaks. But the good news for Cleveland Metroparks is that the official number is not as high as originally announced! The official number to be recognized by Guinness for the Pittsburgh record is 1,619 canoes & kayaks.

Sign up now and join Cleveland Metroparks in attempting to make history by RECLAIMING the Guinness Book of World Records with the "Canoe & Kayak Challenge" on Saturday, May 21 at Hinckley Lake in Hinckley Reservation.

And, this World Record seems to be a hot one for organizations to try and break. River Action, Inc. from Davenport, Iowa will attempt to break the record at their "Floatzilla" event on August 20 and One Square Mile of Hope from Inlet, New York (who took the record from Cleveland Metroparks in 2008 with 1,104 boats) will attempt to break the record on September 24.

Help break Pittsburgh's record and set the record so high that Iowa and New York will be "upstream without a record!"

The water bottles just arrived! Everyone will receive one!

Thanks to our fans...Ralph & Gail - they sent the following:

The 1998 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records had the following and a picture:

Largest Canoe Raft
A raft of 582 kayaks and canoes, organized by Cleveland Metroparks, was held together by hands only for 30 seconds while free floating on Hinckley Lake, Cleveland, OH on May 21, 1995.

Notice the date...time to set a new record!

Hello all....we've received a few emails regarding inflatable canoes and kayaks.....

Unfortunately, the rules handed down by Guinness - all canoes and kayaks have to be hard shell to be in the official record attempt.

This video is being shown on the video board outside of the Wolstein Center in downtown Cleveland!

2 MONTHS FROM TODAY! Sign up soon.....

On a day like almost want to take the canoe and kayak out for a paddle....

We're on our way....

As of today, we now have three boats registered...please spread the word and register today!