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Paddle for the Border

May 2 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

The 17th annual Paddle for the Border event will be held on Saturday, May 2nd, 2020. This popular canoe/kayak trek allows participants to paddle 7.5 miles along the historic Dismal Swamp Canal. Boaters will launch at the Dismal Swamp State Park canal bridge in South Mills, NC and paddle at their own pace to Ballahack Road Boat Ramp in Chesapeake, VA.
The fee is $45 per person and includes a “grab-and-go” breakfast, picnic lunch at the end of the journey and your choice of a T-shirt or hat. Late registration requires participants to register online only and add a $10 late fee. This event is limited to 375 paddlers. Spots fill up quick, so hurry and reserve your place!

Pre-registration is required for this event.

Open Registration: January 2, 2020-April 3, 2020 (Online, Mail-in, Walk-in, or Drop-off)

Late Registration: April 4, 2020- Until Full (Online Only; Add $10 late fee)

Online Registration Link: https://apm.activecommunities.com/cityofchesapeake/Activity_Search/2020-paddle-for-the-border/24779

Visit https://dismalswampwelcomecenter.com/paddle-for-the-border/ to access brochure, registration form & FAQ form!

The event is a joint effort by Chesapeake Parks, Recreation and Tourism, North Carolina’s Dismal Swamp State Park, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Camden County and the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center.


May 2
8:00 am - 1:00 pm
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