2014 Muscoda Race Information

Sunday, 22 June 2014 18:35

If you'd like the PDF, please go here:  http://wicanoeracing.com/images/fbfiles/files/2014_Muscoda_brochure.pdf

The content below is identical to the PDF:


Muscoda Wisconsin

July 12 and 13, 2014

Information, Schedule and Rules

Throughout its history, the Wisconsin River Canoe & Kayak Race has hosted some of the nation’s finest paddlers. It remains the largest, best attended canoe & kayak race in Wisconsin. If you do only one canoe or kayak race this summer, this is the one to enter!

The action gets started on Saturday evening with the “Saturday Night Special” C1 & K1 race; about 4 miles of up-stream/downstream fun starting and ending in Victoria Park, Muscoda.

Sunday is all-downstream racing ending at Victoria Riverside Park in Muscoda. Participants can choose one of three courses: the 21 mile course starts at Wisconsin Riverside Resort in Spring Green. The 15 mile course starts at Otter Creek Landing at Lone Rock. Folks in recreational canoes & kayaks or Stand Up Paddleboards start at the Pine River/Buena Vista Landing in Gotham (8-mile course).

This stretch of the Wisconsin River is known to paddlers for its beautiful scenery and numerous places to camp. The fast current, shallow water, and shifting sandbars challenge every paddler’s river reading skills and paddling technique.

For more information, see wicanoeracing.com or contact Kevin LeRoy at (608/712-0980) or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Saturday, July 12

3:45 pm – 4:45 pm Registration & Check In Available for all races at Victoria Park in Muscoda

5:00 Race Start -- “Saturday Night Special” C1 / K1, Muscoda

Sunday, July 13

8:45 am – 9:45 am Registration open at Wisconsin Riverside Resort, Spring Green for 21 mile course

9:15 am – 10:15 am Registration open at Gotham landing for 8 mile race and Otter Creek landing for 15 mile race

10:00 am Race Start – 21 mile course at Wisconsin Riverside Resort, Spring Green

10:30 am Race Start – 8 mile & 15 mile courses, Gotham and Otter Creek

11:00 am – 2:00 pm – Lions Club food stand open; burgers, brats, soda, beer, in Muscoda

1:30 pm (Approximately) – Awards, in Muscoda

Race Rules

· Ages as of race day: C2 Masters, 40+; C1 Masters, 40-59; C1 Veterans, 60+; Youth, 15 and under; Juniors, 16-18; Back-Over-the-Hill, combined age of 110 or more.

· No boats specifically designed and or built for racing allowed in the 8 mile recreational classes.

· It’s okay to use a USCA “cruiser” (4X32) in the “proboat” (3X27) classes, but it’s not okay to use a proboat in the cruiser classes.

· All boats subject to inspection by race officials to verify class.

· Race officials’ decisions on boat qualifications are final.

· Classes with fewer than 3 entrants may be combined with other classes

· United States Canoe Association (USCA) racing rules apply.

· Single-bladed paddles only in canoe events.

· The race will take place rain or shine.

· Each paddler must have a US Coast Guard approved pfd readily accessible.

· Portaging across sandbars is allowed and may be necessary if the water is low. Portaging outside of the riverbanks or across areas where vegetation is growing is prohibited.

· If you abandon the race, you must advise the safety boat or finish line officials.

· USCA canoe and kayak specifications apply (http://www.uscanoe.com/).

· At finish line, racers must pass between the orange buoys near the left bank.

· All entrants must sign a waiver prior to participation.

· All entrants under 18 must provide parental consent form signed by parent or guardian.


Muscoda Wisconsin

July 12 and 13, 2014

Entry Form

To Pre-register Complete this form and mail to Wisconsin River Race, C/O Kevin LeRoy. 5605 Montadale St., Fitchburg, WI 53711

Classes – please circle the appropriate classes

Saturday Night Special race


C1 Men


K1 Men


C1 Women


K1 Women

The Saturday race is a free bonus for paid-up Sunday racers. Special recognition for juniors

Sunday Races

21 Miles Course (Spring Green)

15 Mile Course (Otter Creek)

8 Mile Course (Gotham)


C2 Men


C2 Cruiser Men


C2 Lions Club Challenge


C2 Mixed


C2 Cruiser Mixed


C2 Recreational Men


C2 Men Master


C2 Women


C2 Recreational Mixed


C1 Man


C2 Junior


C2 Recreational Women


C1 Man Master


C2 Youth/Adult


C2 Recreational Youth/Adult


C1 Man Veteran


C2 Back-Over-The-Hill


K1 Recreational Men


K1 Unlimited


C1 Women


K1 Recreational Women


21 Mile Wildcard


K1 Touring


8 Mile Wildcard


K1 Seakayak Men


K1 Seakayak Women


K1 Unlimited Men


K1 Unlimited Women


K2 Unlimited


15 Mile Wildcard

“Wildcard” classes are open to any human-powered craft and are intended for those craft and/or paddlers that do not otherwise fit into any of the other classes.

Paddler 1

Paddler 2


Street Address:

City, State, Zip:



Age as of 7/13/2014:

Text Box: Payment Enclosed Entry Fees:				$___________ Optional Fees WCRA Membership*		$___________ Donation to Lions Club	$___________ Donation to FLOW**		$___________   TOTAL AMOUNT ENCLOSED	$___________ Make Check Payable to Wisconsin Canoe Racing Association *Annual dues are $15 individual or $25 family **Friends of the Lower Wisconsin River

Entry Fee Per Person

By July 3 (Pre-registered)

July 12 (before C1/K1 race)

July 13 (at start of downriver races

Adults (21 or 15 mile)




Adults (8 Mile)




Juniors (21 or 15 mile)




Youth (any race)






Muscoda Participation Statistics

Tuesday, 13 May 2014 02:25

In case anybody is interested, here are the numbers of participants from the Muscoda Race over the last 3 years.  http://wicanoeracing.com/images/fbfiles/files/Muscoda_Participation_Stats.pdf


Entries for the 2014 race received as of July 6, 2014 are on this document: 2014_Muscoda_Start_List_Sheet1.pdf




Burlington C-1 K-1

Tuesday, 27 March 2012 02:16

Urgent News -- The 2013 Burlington C1 & K1 Pursuit Races scheduled for April 20 & 21, 2013 are cancelled due flooding.
Talk to Fritz or Jaya at 262-767-9393 for more information
Here's a link to Rich Hodgkins' photos from the 2011 race:
Also,  you can check-out the 2011 results in the results section of wicanoeracing.com

48th Annual Wisconsin River Canoe and Kayak Race - Big Five Challenge - Muscoda, WI - July 13-14, 2013

Sunday, 29 January 2012 22:10

Preliminary Results - Please send any corrections to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by July 23, 2013.


Current conditions at Muscoda


Muscoda Race Brochure (Pdf).

Race-Day/On Site registration will be available at all start locations.

Saturday, July 13: Saturday Night Special C1/K1 race (5:00 p.m. Victora Park, Muscoda)

Sunday, July 14: 21-mile (10:00 a.m. Wisconsin Riverside, Spring Green)

Sunday, July 14: 15-mile start (10:30 a.m. Otter Creek Landing, Lone Rock)

Sunday, July 14: 8-mile start (10:30 a.m. Pine River/Buena Vista Landing, Gotham)

Saturday Night Special is a free bonus race for paid Sunday racers with a donation for the local food pantry and is a Barton Cup Qualifier.

Muscoda Race Entry Fees

  • Adults (21 or 15 mile) $20 (pre-registered) / $30 (race day fee)
  • Juniors (21 or 15 mile) $15 (pre-registered) / $20 (race day fee)
  • Youth (any race) $10 (pre-registered) / $15 (race day fee)
  • 8-mile race $15 (pre-registered) / $15 (race day fee)

Final 2012 results.

2012 Race Photos (Thanks to Rich and Peg Hodgkins)



Season Opener 2012

Sunday, 26 February 2012 20:34

2012 Wisconsin Season Opener Canoe / Kayak Race

Date: Sunday, March 11, 2012 (Special Note: Previous years, this race has been on Saturday. We are moving to Sunday morning this year to avoid conflicting with a Canoecopia presentation on youth competitive paddling.)

Start time: 10:00 a.m.

Location: The Yahara River in downtown Madison, Tenny Park, just downstream of the locks, at the canoe racks.  You can reach this parking lot from Sherman Avenue.

More Information: Kevin LeRoy, cell: 608/712-0980.  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Gimmick: We try to set a race course where the winning time in minutes will equal the forecasted high temperature in degrees Fahrenheit.  For your reference, the average high temperature in Madison in mid-March is in the low forties.

Entry Fee: None.  Really, this is just a bunch of friends getting together for a little fun and is NOT an organized “event” (because it was; we’d need permits, insurance and stuff like that). We can’t charge an entry fee if we’re not actually providing anything other than a few buoys and somebody to shout, "GO!"  There are no classes and timing and scoring will be “casual”. Please make special note that there are no public restrooms available this time of year (the park’s facilities will be closed for the season). Also, the start area is in the middle of a popular urban park, adjacent to apartment homes; and this time of year, the bushes do not provide any visual cover. In other words, you must take care of your bodily needs before you arrive.

Disclaimer: It is very important that you understand that canoe and kayak racing has certain inherent risks that could cause severe injury or death.  These risks are magnified by the fact that this race will take place on nearly frozen water.  The casual nature of this race means that nobody is going to take any steps to ensure your safety.  You are completely on your own and must use your own judgment.  You should only participate in this race if you have sufficient paddling experience, understand what you are getting into; and perhaps lack some common sense.

Course description: The race course will be laps up and down the river (number of laps depends on temperature).  This stretch of the Yahara is almost exactly one mile long between Lakes Mendota and Monona.  It is almost entirely straight, is generally about 3 - 5 feet deep and roughly 30 or 40 feet wide.  Depending on water levels in Lake Mendota, current can range from minimal to moderate.  This is an urban river with plenty of urban river features such as old bridge pilings, pipes, abandoned bicycles and discarded shopping carts.  You do NOT want to hug the shoreline (especially under bridges). The middle of the river, however, is clear of obstructions.  If ice and wind conditions permit, we will use part of Lake Monona.  However, in the ten years that we've held this race, we were only able to use Lake Monona twice.


September Wisconsin Canoeing Association Newsletter

Monday, 12 October 2009 20:07

Download the September 2009 WCRA Newsletter (pdf file)