We'll be kayaking from the Crane Prairie Campground boat ramp in Bend, OR. This is a flat water paddle with little to no current. The lake surface is at 4446 feet (1355 meters) elevation above sea level.
Paddlers will move clockwise on Crane Prairie Resevoir in 7.5mi laps until reaching their target distance.
The total paddle distance will be 20 or 50 kilometers (short or long course, respectively).
Your kayak should be at least 10.5 feet long. No canoes. The reason: You're unlikely to make the cutoff if you don't have a descent boat.
A 14' is recommended.
Kayaks will be available for rent from Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe, phone (541) 317-9407
We're working to get a race discount
The boatramp at Craine Prairie is directly adjacent to a campground. Reservations are available through the Deschutes National Forest.
There will be a powered boat on the lake with race officials to extract you in the event of emergencies.
Support is limited on the kayak but paddlers are free to return to the boatramp as needed to receive aid.