The third annual fight for the prestigious honor of being named Paddle Battle Champion begins July 27th!

In the middle of the AuSable River Festival, on the eve of one of the most elite canoe marathons in the world,
32 paddlers will vie to be crowned the Paddle Battle Champion in this year’s exciting event, right in the middle of Downtown Grayling, Michigan's Most Colorful Rivertown!

Two at a time, competitors will face off in one canoe. Paddling toward their opponent, each will fight to reach the end of the pool and avoid elimination. Only the victors advance to the next round, where they will meet a new challenger and continue their quest to unseat the 2017 Paddle Battle Champion: The Legendary, Mike Hartman.

Our custom made 30’ “battle ground” will be the center piece of Downtown Grayling for one night, as spectators cheer on paddle wielding warriors, while enjoying Michigan craft brews and the warm summer air.  Grab some grub from the River Festival food court, just one block away, or any of our great local eateries, then pull up a chair to watch the action! 

We look forward to another great year and hope that you will join us for this fun annual community event!

Who: Everyone is invited to this free all ages event!


What: Battles, Betting, Brews, and Buddies!

Volunteers will be serving up Michigan brews for your enjoyment, as you watch the Paddle Battles with your Buddies and Bet on the winners for raffle entries!


When: Friday, July 27th, 2018

     2 PM - Battle Grounds and Taps open 

     4:30 PM - Live seeding event starts 

     5 PM - First splash is thrown!


Where: Downtown Grayling, 200 Block Michigan Ave.


Why: Help raise funds for Downtown Grayling programming that supports the growth and survival of our community... But mostly, because it's fun!