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May 2022 Newsletter
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40th Annual Roscommon Canoe Classic Information
Pre-Register Now! Entry Fees increase on 5-8 and 5-12
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Kawkawlin River Canoe Clash Information
Pre-Registration available at

Ann Arbor Huron River Canoe Challenge - Mixed Bonus - Race Information below

Newaygo Power Paddle - C1 State Championship - Race Information below

Online Dues Payment Option now available! Make sure to select SignUp and not Renew.
2022 MCRA Dues Now Online!

Due to popular demand, you can now pay your dues online!

Be sure to select the correct membership type, and to click on SignUp (Not Renew).

Dues can still be paid by mail or in-person. 

Pay your 2022 dues!

Both paddlers must be current on dues to receive MCRA points and prize money.

Renewal dues mailed after April 2 will be assessed a $15 late fee.
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2022 Race Schedule

May 14-15 Roscommon Canoe Classic
May 21-22 Kawkawlin Canoe Clash
June 4 Huron River Ann Arbor *Mixed Bonus*
June 11-12 Newaygo Power Paddle *C1 Bonus*
June 18-19 Muskegon River Throw Down *Women's Bonus*
June 25 Betsie River 
July 9-10 Paddle Hard Race
July 16- 17 Curley Memorial Oscoda

July 23-24 Spikes Challenge Grayling
July 30-31 AuSable Marathon (Non-MCRA)
August 12-14 USCA Nationals Newaygo (Non-MCRA)
August 20 Soo Canoe Race
August 27-28 Mio First Dam Race *E2 Bonus*
Sept 10 B.I.G. Bellaire
Sept. 17 Tahquamenon Paradise
40th Annual Roscommon Canoe Classic

May 14 & 15, 2022
Wallace Park - Roscommon

*Do not park in the church parking lot*
Please park at Hiawatha Canoe Livery

May 14th - C2 Race
8:00 AM Registration Opens
10:00 AM Race Start
12:00 PM Award Ceremony at AuSable River Center

May 15th - C1 Race
9:00 AM Registration Opens
11:00 AM Race Start
Awards to Follow

Heats will be determined by preregistered entries, with day-of registrations being placed in the last heat.

C2 race starts with one paddler running over the hill and across the street. Paddlers will continue downstream to Deerheart Valley Rd, perform a clockwise buoy turn, and paddle back upstream to Wallace Park.

C1 race start is chase-race style, with paddlers starting every 5 seconds. Paddle down to Steckert Bridge and perform a clockwise buoy turn, then paddle back upstream to Wallace Park.
Kawkawlin River Canoe Clash 2022
May 21-22
All races start and finish at:
3940 Boy Scout Rd.
Bay City, MI 48706

Saturday May 21, 2022
C2 Race Starts at 10 AM

The course is approximately 14 miles and about a two hour finish time. There are 3 counter-clockwise buoy turns for the Expert 1 race. Expert 2 racers will do a shortened course, with only one buoy turn. The start could be split into heats of 10-12 based on river conditions

Sunday May 22, 2022
C1 race starts at 11 AM

C1 is approximately 7 miles and around a 1 hour finish time for the winners.
Huron River Canoe Challenge
June 4
All races start and finish at:
Gallup Park
Benard L. Maas Picnic Shelter
3000 Fuller Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI

Saturday June 4, 2022
Registration Opens 9 AM
C1 Race Starts at 10 AM
C2 Race Starts at 12:30 PM

C1 Race
The course is approximately 6 miles. There are 2 clockwise turns for the C1 race. The race features 1 large lap between US23 and Furstenburg Nature Area.

C2 Race
C2 race starts at 12:30 PM
The highlight event of the Huron River Canoe Challenge will feature up to 30 professional canoe racing teams competing in a “marathon style” event. The course is 14 miles long and includes a portage at the Geddes Dam.
Newaygo Power Paddle
June 11-12

Race HQ for this Event is located at the DuChemin Park Pavilion (Croton Pond Boat Launch) at 5439 Washington Street, Newaygo MI 49337. Cash prizes will also be awarded and racers and their families should stick around for the awards ceremony on Sunday. For additional information please visit our FaceBook or website at or call 231-335-1165. Additional questions email:

Saturday, June 11: PowerPaddle (DAY 1)
9:00am – Registration Opens: DuChemin Park in Croton (Croton Pond Boat Launch) Race HQ
9:45am – Racer Meeting; (Race HQ)
10:05am- C-1 Women Start
10:10am - C-1 Men Start

10:15am - K-1 Mixed Start
12:00 – 1:00pm – Racers finish at Henning Park

Sunday, June 12: PowerPaddle (DAY 2)
8:00am – Registration Opens: DuChemin Park in Croton (Croton Pond Boat Launch) Race HQ
9:00am – Racer Meeting; (Race HQ)
9:20am- C-2 Adult/Youth (starts below portage at the same time as C2 Mixed)
9:25am – C2 Start
11:30am – 12:30pm – Racers Finish at Henning Park

1:15pm – PowerPaddle Day 1 & 2 Awards at Henning Park
Attendance at pre-race meetings is mandatory. Each contestant must have a US Coast Guard approved PFD in their craft at all times while competing in paddling Events.
Inclement Weather: Before Event starts, if thunder is heard and/or lightning seen from an approaching thunderstorm, the racers, race helpers, and spectators shall take proper shelter and wait until immediate threat has dissipated or Race HQ has issued the ALL CLEAR. Once a race has started, if lightning is seen and/or you hear loud thunder; get off the water immediately and seek proper shelter. In the event of a WEATHER EMERGENCY the race may be called off and the race clocks may be stopped.
Waiver of Liability: All racers/participants must read, understand and sign a Waiver to be allowed to compete in any of the Events associated with the PowerPaddle. You will not be allowed to participate if you have not completed a valid waiver.
Due to Croton Dam improvements currently taking place, the normal portage from Croton Pond down to the Muskegon River (West side) has been closed. A temporary portage has been created on the East side of the river, however, that may be too small to conduct the PowerPaddle race. Race officials from the MCRA will determine if in fact this portage will be sufficient for the racers. If the portage cannot be utilized for PowerPaddle, the alternative water plan would be to start all racers below the dam at Tailwater Park (just off Croton Drive below the dam). Racers would assemble at Tailwater Park instead of DuChemin Park for registration, racer meetings and race start. The finish line and all other aspects of the race would remain unchanged.

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