Everyone is invited to this free all ages event!


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!


Friday, July 27th, 2018

2 PM – Battle Grounds and Taps open

4:30 PM – Live seeding event starts

5 PM – First splash is thrown!


Downtown Grayling, 200 Block Michigan Ave.


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

An effective Organization Committee member will demonstrate these and other characteristics:

Our “Rock the Boat” Sponsor, Blarney Stone Broadcasting, is blasting the message across Northern Michigan! Their generous contribution will help us recruit paddlers, sponsors, and volunteers early in the planning process, and will ramp up again to remind you all of the EXCELLENT time that will be had in Downtown Grayling at the 3rd Annual Paddle Battle! Thank you Blarney Stone Broadcasting!
Our “Make it Stick” Sponsor, Tip’n The Mitten, is helping us to leave a lasting impression on our Paddlers (literally) and spectators with bright and exciting tank tops for the competitors! Their generous contribution will help us remind everyone what an ENTERTAINING time they had in Downtown Grayling at the 2018 Paddle Battles! Thank you Tip’n The Mitten!
Our “Spread the Word” Sponsor, Katie Olson Agency with Farm Bureau Insurance, will help our event to print banners, registration forms, handouts, and fliers leading up to the event. Their generous contribution enables GMSt to really drive folks to Downtown Grayling for the 2018 Paddle Battles! Thank you Katie Olson Agency!
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