This year’s race will be held on Saturday, July 8, 2017. The Canal Dover Association and Dover Boat and Ski Club sponsors a annual canoe and kayak race on the Tuscarawas River in downtown Dover. This race is open to anyone who can paddle a boat and wants to have fun on the river. Paddlers start at the boat launch ramp on Canal Street, just upstream from the Wooster Avenue bridge. They paddle upstream, around a buoy and back downstream to the finish line.  Racers can choose from a 5-mile loop or a 12-mile double-loop course. There are classes for men, women and mixed teams. All types of canoes and kayaks are welcome.

Races start at 10 a.m. with a mandatory racer’s meeting at 9:30. Registration opens at 8 a.m. and is $25 or $20 if you pay by July 2 and ages 17 and under are $12. This includes a t-shirt, awards and refreshments afterwards. There’s even be a kids race. After the long races, a short race for kids, age 13 and under, will be held.

This race is sanctioned by the United States Canoe Association and is part of the Ohio Division racing schedule. Racers must have a boat that is currently registered with the Ohio Division of Watercraft, a personal floatation device and a whistle. Spectators can view the race at the start/finish line and from the State Route 416 bridge over the river (the “white bridge”).

We are accepting business sponsorships (see Sponsorship Form).  For more information, call race director, Mary Jo Monte-Kaser at 330-340-5180.


Canoe rentals are available for the race and poker paddle! Muskingum River Adventures will be offering canoe rentals for $35 cash only.  (Note they cannot accept checks and credit cards.) Please call Scott at 330-612-3601 to reserve your canoe! Also visit their website to see what else Muskingum River Adventures has to offer! http://muskingumriveradventures.com/

Kayak rentals are available from Stillwater Outfitters in Uhrichsville.  Call Aaron White to reserve your kayak at 740-582-5299.

Click here for 2017 race registration.

The 2016 race was a huge success and we had another record attendance!  113 people raced in 95 boats!  The furthest participant went to Brian Ammon of Hillsgrove, PA.  Brian drove 323 miles (5.5 hours!).  The inaugural Poker Paddle had 52 paddlers enjoying the short course (roughly 2 miles) and we had 12 winners!

Another race at Leesville Lake July 11, 2015 but we had an amazing turnout! 91 boats with 101 paddlers!

79 paddlers raced on July 12, 2014 at the boat ramp in Dover.  We had fantastic weather!

61 paddlers raced on July 21, 2013. Because of high water, the race was held on Leesville Lake.