Event Dates:  June 4  •  June 5  •  June 6

Say Yes To Kayaking


A Great Time for All at the East Race! It’s the first ever ERWWKC festival with a weekend of fun and exciting competition, including a practice day, an event day and a purely fun on the water day. Here’s a quick overview of the good times to be enjoyed by whitewater kayakers of all ages, and experience levels:

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Whitewater Festival Events


Taking place from 4pm to 6pm on Saturday, anyone who fancies a chance at showing off some playboating skills is encouraged to dive in at the feature known as “Rodeo Hole” among folks who frequent the East Race.


Taking place Noon – 2pm Saturday it’s all about speed and reaching the finish line first in a contest between 4 or 5 boaters. There are divisions for short and long boats and some important rules to prevent any naughty tactics.


This will be a competition involving speed and maneuverability. Racers will compete in heats of 4 – 5 at a time and will need to touch certain locations or obstacles as they race to be the first at the finish.


Taking place Noon – 3:30pm Saturday The whole purpose of this fun and thrilling time is to create chaos, mayhem and a ton of fun, without creating any real harm to your fellow competitors. The more chaos we have the more fun you and the spectators will have.

Helmets & PFDs Required.


Friday June 4

Friday is a practice day on the East Race. It’s the perfect way to kick off your weekend, come out and work on your race strategy starting at 6pm.

Saturday June 5

Competitions in three very different, but all fun, pursuits run from 9 a.m. to 6pm, followed by awards and live music entertainment (from Cash O’Riley).

Today, there’s a couple of brilliant food trucks serving up tasty meals so you can stay all day if you wish. Trucks supplied by Rulli’s Italian Restaurant, Chicory Cafe and Kona Ice.  Enjoy!

Sunday June 6

Sunday is just regular East Race fun for any kayakers who want to get out and enjoy the Race and Festival competitors will receive a free pass (wristband) for Sunday.

The address of the main event area (with the food trucks, live music, freestyle competition and awards ceremony) is at

299 N. Niles Ave., South Bend, IN  46617 (in the PeopleLink parking lot).

All competitors must complete an ERWWKC waiver form, which can be downloaded here.  Please complete your waiver prior to the Festival and bring it with you to the event. Registration must be completed online… CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.


Make yourself at home by the Race if you plan to stay overnight.

There will be limited tent and car camping options right next to the East Race.
To find out more or to reserve a spot contact Monica Davis here