Two Harbors Kayak Festival


kayakingWould you like to tour the lake in a kayak, watch (or participate) in a 5, 10, or 18-mile race, or get your kids involved in the sport with instruction or with a kids race? This August 2–3 (with an event or two on the 1st), come visit the Two Harbors Kayak Festival. The oldest and largest open water kayak race on Lake Superior has evolved into a festival perfect for anyone interested in recreational kayaking.

The event features the following:


These 18, 10, and 5 mile races draw athletes from all over the upper Midwest and wind, waves, and kayak design all play their roles. No two races are ever quite the same as kayakers battle each other and themselves for the title.

Kids Activities

Choose the 8–11 year old or the 12–15 division in a single sprint race held sometime between 11am and 3pm Saturday.

Or, take this time to learn to kayak in kid-sized boats at a family instructional time and then explore more on Sunday.


Explore the Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, learn to stand-up paddle board, or go paddle kayaks as a family. Learn basic instructional skills, experience a working harbor, or see history depending on the tour you take. It’s the best way to see the lake.


Kayak Demos and More

Try new kayaks out in a controlled environment so you can see how they handle before making a purchase. You’ll also find accessories and stand-up paddle boards.

Then there’s everything else: a kayak clinic for women, a social and award ceremony, food, and live music. The only way to really experience it is to head out there!

Note: There is no same day registration for the races. There is for tours and the clinic but it is recommended you sign up early as they sometimes fill up. You can find more information here.

Photo by Zack Kruzins is licensed under CC by 2.0