Paddlepalooza Auburn Hills 2020 CANCELED

Paddlepalooza Auburn Hills 2020 – Rochester Hills – The City of Auburn Hills, together with neighboring Rochester Hills, is gearing up to present Paddlepalooza 2020, a canoe/kayak race and adventure river paddle on the Clinton River.

UPDATE 5/16/20 – Due to concerns about the Coronavirus / Covid-19, this event has been canceled.


Paddlepalooza Auburn Hills 2020 Event Info

Participants will begin launching their watercraft at 8a on Saturday, June 6, 2020 from the banks of Riverside Park on the corner of Auburn and Squirrel Roads in Downtown Auburn Hills. Check-In begins at 7a with shuttles beginning at 7:30a. The trip ends in 7.5 miles downstream in Rochester Hills near Veteran’s Memorial Pointe Park (Livernois and Avon Road). The rain date for this event is Saturday, June 20, 2020.

Over 100 people gathered at last year’s event, according to Brian Marzolf, Auburn Hills Parks & Recreation Director, and the City anticipates attracting even more participants this year.

“Paddlepalooza is a high energy event that helps bring awareness to the Clinton River as a beautiful natural resource right in our own backyard,” Mr. Marzolf says. “We want area residents to make the most of the recreational opportunities available on the Clinton River because the river helps add to the sense of community, connects cities and neighborhoods, and improves our quality of life.”

Rochester Hills is pleased to be partnering with Auburn Hills on this action-packed outing.

“This event allows participants to see the Clinton River from a different perspective by giving them a unique opportunity to get out and experience all that our community has to offer,” states Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett. “It is great to see Paddlepalooza grow year after year.”

This year’s event offers three paddling activities to choose from: an 8-mile single person kayak race to the River Crest Banquet Hall in Rochester Hills; an 8-mile two-person canoe race to River Crest; or a 7.5-mile adventure river paddle to the Avon Nature Area, behind the Clinton River Watershed Council’s Office.

Pre-registration is recommended. Click here to register for Paddlepalooza 2020

See our Events / Things To Do tab for more events, activities and things to do in Oakland County and Metro Detroit Michigan.

Because the river can be considered a difficult Class III rating at certain times of the year, Paddlepalooza 2020 is not recommended for the beginner paddler. Participants must be at least 12 years of age, and paddlers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Personal flotation devices are required.

This page is intended to be used as a guide. Oakland County Moms does not endorse these events. Oakland County Moms is not responsible for changes to event descriptions, event times or details being altered without notice or cancellations.

For more details about Paddlepalooza Auburn Hills participant rules, what to wear, canoe and kayak rentals, parking and shuttle service, raffle prizes, and registration and waiver forms, please visit the City of Auburn Hills website at or the City of Rochester Hills website at You may also call the Auburn Hills Parks & Recreation Department at 248-370-9353 for more information on Paddlepalooza Auburn Hills.

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