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Local Groups and Events

Informal paddles and events organized by a variety of local groups.

BBOP race calendar


Whatcom Paddlers email group.  Press the “apply for membership” button.-This group email feed will include reminders about local races as well as news about the Padden intervals and Whatcom races (see below)


Sound Rowers is a non-profit paddle organization that provides a small boat race monthly throughout the year. Visit their website or Facebook page.


Monday Night Intervals Lake Padden - Usually starts in Spring and continues into early Fall. These intervals are designed to help paddlers peak for 3 primary races: Ski to Sea, Gorge Downwind Champs and the Salmon Row and Paddle.


Lake Whatcom Wednesday Night Races - Similar season to Padden Intervals - 3.5 mile time trial around the first basin of Lake Whatcom. For those new to racing small boat, it is a good opportunity to learn skills like paddling in boat wash, drafting and buoy turns. Early start is typically at 5:55 pm with the morning experienced paddlers starting at 6. An Aquatic Invasive Species sticker is required.3.5 mile race that runs close to the full duration of Daylight savings season Spring to Fall.


Hot Five Race Series - 5 consecutive fun races once a week in later Summer. Organized by local surfskier Kevin Olney. These are announced on the Whatcompaddlers email group. The emphasis typically is on variety and fun. Past races have required and/or awarded extra points for swimming, remounts, capturing the Shark float, paddling a specific vessel (SUP, OC, Surfski, Multiperson, etc.). There hasn’t been a lot of representation from OCs in the past. Points are cumulative for the series with some pretty decent swag being awarded at the end. You get to throw one race out from your point total.

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Launching Points

Park links for small boat launching sites.  See map for locations and directions. 

Aquatic Invasive Species Program

Boat inspections start in April!  Vessels carried between lakes can spread invasive species.  Inspections and permits are required for small boats at Bloedel Donovan and Lake Samish. Watch the AIS Awareness power point!


Boating Safety


WA State Recreation and Conservation Office

Portal to all information on Washington State boating information.  Links to WA State Boating Regulations, state-wide boat launch maps and more.

US Coast Guard Boating Safety

Links to US boating and navigation regulations, and safety resources.

Float Plan   PDF Fillable Form

Let someone know where you are going and when you will be back.  If something goes wrong this may be the difference in knowing rescuers are on the way and know where to start looking.



Sterling Kayaks 

Firefly SUP Drives - SUP repair - Dan Mahar repair suggestions

Robbie Kane - Surfski, Kayaks,  360 510 9337

Do-it-Yourself Repair

Fix a Crack or Ding in OC.  Video shows you how to apply epoxy to seal and protect damage to the surface where the fiber does not have to be repaired. Youtube Video

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