Vatten Paddlar - Canoe, Kayak and SUP Races

Paddle northwestern Wisconsin's most beautiful chain of lakes

Barnes, Wisconsin

More than 80 local volunteers make the Vatten Paddlar possible and welcome participants to their town.

Vatten Paddlar - Canoe and Kayak Races

Hosted by the

Town of Barnes.


Members of the Friends of the Eau Claire Lakes Area have assumed responsibility for Marking the Race Course and Race Course Safety and Adherence. Over 300 race markers will be set the morning of the race and removed at the end of the race. Safety boats will monitor race participants. Safety monitors will be present at both portages, the finish line and along the more challenging segment of the race, the river between Upper Eau Claire and Middle Eau Claire.

Local organizations and individuals in the Barnes, Wisconsin area make the canoe and kayak races possible by assuming specific elements of the race logistics.​​ If you are interested in volunteering to help with pre-race day preparations or on the actual race day, please contact one of the listed organizations or email

July 6, 2019

Eau Claire Lakes Conservation Club

Members of the Eau Claire Lakes Conservation Club have volunteered to support the efforts of the Vatten Paddlar. The group will assume the Start Line responsibilities and logistics.

Barnes Community Church

Members of the Barnes Community Church will be acting as Race Judges for the event. Judges monitor participants' adherence to the rules at the starts and portages and perform timing functions at starts and finish lines.  They're honest, they're willing and they're listed in THE Book.