Updated for Spring 2020.
Paddle the canal is back in Downtown Huntsville's Big Spring Park on April 18th. Canoe or kayak your way through Big Spring Park from 8:00 am- 4:00 pm. Tickets are $15 and give you unlimited access during event hours. Redstone Federal Credit Union (RCFU) is sponsoring the event with lots of great giveaways, and if you are Redstone Federal Credit Union member you get to paddle for FREE, just make sure you register here!
The canal between the Embassy Suites Hotel and the Von Braun Center is only about 10 feet wide (originally designed to look like a Venetian waterway), so kayakers and canoers will race against the clock, one at a time, from the Rotary Fountain near Heart of Huntsville Drive, down the canal, around Thrasher Fountain, and back for a grand total of 550 yards.
Don’t have your own kayak or canoe? No worries! Brown Bear LLC Canoe and Kayak will have rentals kayaks. Life jackets are also provided.
Spectators and cheering teams are encouraged to hang out at Paddlers Park located behind the South Hall of the Von Braun Center. Here, people are welcome to come and enjoy the free entertainment and activities such as live music, food trucks, vendors and an open entertainment district.