Spectators of all ages are encouraged to join us for this entertaining event.

Warriors who wish to enter the competition and the “Battle Grounds” must be 18 years of age or old.



Battles, Brews, and Buddies!

Volunteers will be serving up Michigan brews for your enjoyment, as you watch the Paddle Battles with your Buddies!


Friday, July 26th, 2019

2 PM – Battle Grounds open

4:00 PM – Live seeding event starts

4:20 PM – First splash is thrown!


Downtown Grayling, 200 Block of Michigan Ave.

You will find us in the heart of it all during the AuSable River Festival.



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


MAGIC!  Not really.

This event is made possible with the support of sponsors and hard work from volunteers.  And the Chamber, who lets us crash their festival for a day. 

The fourth annual fight for the prestigious honor of being named Paddle Battle Champion takes place on July 26th, 2019!

In the middle of the AuSable River Festival, on the eve of one of the most elite canoe marathons in the world, up to 32 paddlers, 16 men and 16 women, will vie to be crowned the Paddle Battle Champions.  All happening right in the heart 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 2018 Paddle Battle Champions: Vicki Hart and Mo Harwood.

Our custom made “Battle Ground” will be the center piece of Downtown Grayling for one afternoon, as spectators cheer on paddle wielding warriors, while enjoying Michigan craft brews and the warm summer air.

Grab some grub from the AuSable 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!

Everyone gets a trophy!  Just kidding!  Only winners get trophies, and a couple spectacular “losers,” but whatever.  Point is, we need your help to make sure they get them. We’ll make sure everyone knows what a winner you are during the presentation of the glorious hardware and memorialize it online as well. 

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