Concerning the Hoigaard’s Paddle Derby and beach closings:
Although Thomas Beach is closed to swimming due to high levels of E. coli, the Minneapolis Park Board says: “MPRB has not restricted boat use in the lakes. Participants in the event should be aware of the closure so they can make their own decisions about body contact in the water.” The race is on. We will have hand sanitizer available for you after the race if you choose to participate.

SW LRT Construction in Channel Between Isles and Cedar.
If the channel is closed during our race season we will have to adjust our race course.

Salvage work is scheduled to begin as early as late May. This work includes manual and mechanical excavation in sections. This work may take up to 4 months depending on the condition of the wall and preservation protocols.  The channel will remain open for recreational use but will be narrowed to approximately 25 feet during this work. A full closure of the channel is expected later this summer; a 14-day advanced notification will be provided prior to closure.

Special Events!

PADDLER’S POTLUCKS - Always a good time! 

We celebrate the half-way point of the Derby on June 27th with a Padler's Potluck on the shores of Bde Maka Ska.  Following the race we always enjoy a buffet of deliciousness, provided by the paddler's and Hoigaard's!
After our last race on AUGUST 8th we move to Hoigaard's in the Miracle Mile Shopping Center for the season finale Paddler's Potluck. Hoigaard's provides the grilled hot dogs and beverages, you bring a dish to share. Enjoy some friendly socializing after the race. Final Championship Awards will be handed out!


Solo Race Night is returning after successful runs the past three years! Everyone is encouraged to find a solo canoe and join in the fun. This year's solo race is scheduled on the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. Plenty of time to cross the finish line! 

We are also continuing with the "Derby Solo" class with stock solo boats on Solo Solstice Night Those out there with a Wenonah Advantage or a Northstar (Bell) Magic who would rather run the 6 mile Derby course, we have you covered.


- For information about the lake that the Derby has called home since 1982 go to "Bde Maka Ska". Translation from Dakota: Lake White Earth. Formerly known as Lake Calhoun.