Catgut Paddle



Registration is now open for Catgut Paddle 2017! On July 22, 2017, the 1st annual Catgut Paddle, hosted by City of La Crosse Parks, Recreation & Forestry will feature a 14-mile Canoe Kayak Race and a 4-mile Fun Paddle Sponsored by J.F. Brennan with other events throughout the day including SUP yoga, paddleboard jousting, guided historical and birding paddles, and kayak beginner courses. Spectators will enjoy the Outdoor Enthusiast Expo, yard games, Food Truck Court, live music, and KidZone, all held at Veterans Freedom Park, Clinton Street, La Crosse, Wis. Proceeds from Catgut Paddle will benefit Youth Enrichment Association (YEA).


City of La Crosse Parks, Recreation and Forestry has held other large-scale fundraising events which have grown and proven to be successful and sustainable and has decided it is time to hold a regional paddling event. Other previous annual events include Grandad Half Marathon (running race) and Hixon Forest Epic (mountain bike race). Each of these events highlight the natural beauty of La Crosse, Wisconsin’s rivers and bluffs while focusing on the area’s diverse recreational opportunities.

The City of La Crosse Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department’s mission is to enrich our community through stewardship of the environment and through provision of quality recreation, facilities and fun. The Catgut Paddle is a new event that is going to continue implementing this mission in the city of La Crosse.


All proceeds from the event will benefit Youth Enrichment Association (YEA). YEA creates opportunities for La Crosse area children to foster positive personal growth and physical development through offering outdoor recreation activities and youth sporting leagues. Funds from YEA provide program scholarships and uniforms to low-income children and access to youth program equipment, creating free youth sports for underprivileged youth. YEA subsidizes summer day camps which feature silent sport activities including canoeing and kayaking, archery, hiking and biking, and fishing. In addition, YEA hosts free events for children and families including Youth Outdoor Fest, Field of Screams, Bluff Bash, Winter Rec Fest, and more.

Participants can register for the 1st annual Catgut Paddle races and events today! For event updates, fans can like the Catgut Paddle Facebook page.