The Root River Paddle Challenge

  • highway 38 and 5 mile road
  • Caledonia, WI

The Root River provides a diverse set of paddling conditions as it winds its way through Caledonia in Racine County. Depending upon water levels and sections paddled you can get everything from quiet lake paddling to fast rapids in an environment that ranges from scenic rural woodlands to parks and wetlands.
NEW FOR 2019! Starting at Linwood Park, 5 Mile Road – Franksville, Village of Caledonia and ending at the River Bend Nature Center. The course is approximately 6.5 miles and takes about 2.5 hours to complete. This is a course change at the end to allow for our Mardi Gras After Party!
T Shirt
Finisher's Medal

Course description:
Starting at Linwood Park, 5900 5 Mile Road – Franksville, Town of Caledonia and ending at the River Bend Nature Center. The course is approximately 6.5 miles and takes about 2 -2.5 hours to complete.
Course maps:
Root River - 2019 Paddle Challenge
Directions to start:
We will be providing a shuttle service BEFORE the start of the event ONLY. We will not be transporting any watercraft or equipment.

Participants should drop off watercraft and equipment at Linwood Park AND then drop vehicles off at the finish (River Bend Nature Center). Shuttle service from River Bend is provided back to the start (Linwood Park).

Timeline of events
7:45 am – 8:45 am : Check-In and On-Site Registration
8:00 am – 8:45 am : Light breakfast options (kringle, coffee, etc)
8:05 am : Transportation from River Bend back to Linwood Park
8:30 am : Transportation from River Bend back to Linwood Park
8:55 am : Transportation from River Bend back to Linwood Park
9:00-10:00 am : Launch Time
12:00 pm : End at River Bend and celebrate with a cookout
If you have a group and you want to all launch together, just let us know and we will accommodate. It is important that we all stay spaced apart during the first 3 miles to navigate rapids safely.
Important Note for your safety
ALL PARTICIPANTS ARE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE THEIR OWN LIFE VESTS except for rental craft participants. We will have a limited number of preservers available on a first come first serve basis. It is mandatory that you have a life preserver and wear it at all times, it may save your life., LLC and all associated parties assume no responsibility. You are participating in this event at your own risk.
Canoers and kayakers should drop their watercraft off AND CHECK IN at Linwood Park (5 Mile Road, Franksville, WI). See below for detailed directions. After the drop-off, participants should drive to Horlick Dam. We will be providing transportation from River Bend back to Linwood Park for the launch. Transportation will be available at 8:05, 8:30, 8:55 am. and 9:15/ More shuttle times will be added if needed. Transportation will NOT be provided after the event.
If you are renting a watercraft, you may go directly to River Bend for transportation and check-in upon arrival at Linwood Park.
After the event, you are free to hang out or leave at your leisure. We will be providing participants with food after the event.
This will allow you to participate at your own pace and depart at your leisure. Remember this is NOT a race.

Participants are welcome to make alternative arrangements if necessary. Please advise the event director if you make alternate arrangements
Awards info:
All finishers will receive a custom medal.
Additional info

Watercraft Rentals
Canoes and kayaks Rentals are AVAILABLE!
Life Preservers
All participants are required to provide their own life preserver and wear it at all times during the event.
DIRECTIONS: There is no physical address for the park locations. Please view the instructions below.
From I-94: Exit #327 (Hwy G) and head east. Turn right on Hwy H (Howell Road). Take a left on 5 Mile Road. The park will be on your left hand side, just past Hwy 38. If you cross the Root River, you have gone too far.
Root River Paddle Challenge
$25.00 Expires 4/4/2019 11:59 PM

  • May 4, 2019
  • Location: highway 38 and 5 mile road, Linwood Park, WI
  • Phone: (877) 570-4434
  • Time: 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
  • Price: $25.00 per person
The Root River Paddle Challenge