A Voice for the Sacramento River System Since 1984

Overview of Paddle Fest & the California 100


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Due to a variety of factors and influences we have decided, with our partners, to cancel the 2017 California 100 Paddle Race and associated clinics. This decision was not arrived at lightly. Our organization has been preserving, protecting, and enhancing the natural values of the Sacramento River since 1984. Due to recent events: staff changes and other major river related projects, actions and concerns, we must now refocus and get to work on helping shape a more sustainable water and resource future for our members and all Californians.
We sincerely hope this race will happen next year and will be working with our partners to make it happen.
SRPT Staff & BOD

Schedule of Events


* Saturday, May 27, 2017 – Registration and boat check in (Redding, CA)
* Sunday, May 28, 2017 – Race day (starts in Redding, CA)
* Monday, May 29, 2017 – Awards ceremony and lunch (Chico, CA)

Paddle Fest & the Cal 100 at a Glance

Paddle down the beautiful Sacramento River on a course that passes the Sundial Bridge, oak woodlands, dramatic lava flows, riparian gallery forests, the valley floor and farmland.  This moving water includes many riffles and a few class one and two rapids.  This is a event that you don’t want to miss.

Kayaks, surfskis, canoes and SUPs – solo or teams – are invited to race.  The cost is $150 per paddler.

You (and your team) and your craft must be competent in moving water (pre-race clinics are a great way to prepare for the Cal 100.

Choose from four course lengths.

  • 25-mile course – from Redding to Balls Ferry
  • 50-mile course – from Redding to Red Bluff
  • 50-mile course – from Red Bluff to Chico
  • 100-mile course – from Redding to Chico.

Start times will be based on boat type.  All boats in each category will start together.

All finishers in all categories will receive a medal and acknowledgement of their accomplishment at the awards ceremony on Monday.  Top three 100-mile finishers in four categories will be awarded prize money.


Prize Money

Prize money will be awarded for top three 100-mile finishers in these categories:

  • Overall (boats with more than one paddler) – top three men and women teams
  • Solo kayak/surfski – top three men and women
  • Solo canoe – top three men and women
  • Solo SUP – top three men and women

In each category, prizes will be:

  • First place – $1,000
  • Second place – $500
  • Third place – $250


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