Events

Port Austin Kayak Symposium

Riverside Kayak Connection is happy to present the 9th Annual Port Austin Kayak Symposium (PAKS).  We welcome you to join us in the beautiful Village of Port Austin, Michigan, on the shores of Lake Huron.  Port Austin Kayak Symposium is a small friendly symposium where the teaching is entirely student driven.

Belle Isle Clean Ups

Join Riverside Kayak Connection and the Belle Isle Conservancy and State of Michigan DNR on the 3rd Saturday of the month to Keep Belle Isle Beautiful - One Paddle At A Time.

Demo Days

Twice a year Riverside Kayak Connection offers Metro Detroit the opportunity to test out the world of kayaking.  RKC will offer a variety of kayaks to demo ranging from Recreational Kayaks to High Performance Sea Kayaks. 

Leukemia Cup Regatta

Detroit Yacht Club Leukemia Cup Regatta

Riverside Kayak Connection will once again be providing rental kayaks for the Detroit Yacht Club Leukemia Cup Regatta kayak race.  Please consider participating in this great cause if you have your own kayak or if you need a rental kayak.  After the regatta participants are welcome to stay after and have dinner at the DYC.

Outdoor Adventure Center Presentations

In partnership with the Outdoor Adventure Center (OAC) in downtown Detroit, RKC offers a variety of community events to help promote paddle sports in South-East Michigan.  Located on Detroit's river walk and Dequindre Cut the OAC is in the perfect spot to connect city living with the outdoors.  

Paddling Film Festival

Paddling Film Festival

Since 2006, the Reel Paddling Film Festival World Tour has been showcasing the very best paddling films. The World Tour screens in more than 120 cities around the world. Join us for this year's best paddling films. You'll be inspired to explore rivers, lakes and oceans, push extremes, embrace the paddling lifestyle and appreciate the wild places. 

Quiet Water Symposium

The Quiet Water Symposium in East Lansing, Michigan celebrates non-motorized outdoor recreation and a shared concern for our Great Lakes Environment.  There will be presentations and booths by retailers and non-profits.  RKC will have a booth with gear for sale and information on upcoming events, tours and classes. 

Sprint and Splash

Sprint and Splash

Sprint and Splash is a festival on Lake St. Clair; which includes a variety of competitive events, as well as music, food, craft beer, and a variety of vendors.  Riverside Kayak Connection has provided rental kayaks for 6 years for the Duathlon, which combines a 5K run AND a 2-mile paddle.  For 2018 there will be a 2-mile kayak race.  Paddlers in our rental kayaks often make it onto the medal stand.  

Winter Workshops

During the off season Riverside Kayak Connection hosts a variety of paddler get-togethers, presentations and clinics.  We also host workshops at the Outdoor Adventure Center in downtown Detroit.

Yakapalooza

RKC hosts a bi-annual swap meet twice a year.  Enjoy great deals on retail, demo, and consignment items. 

Rescues and More Rescues Class

RKC Supported Events

There are lots of great paddling events that we do not run but offer our support to and recommend to our paddling friends.  They include the West Michigan Coastal Kayakers Association SymposiumSouth Bass Island Rendezvous and the Eastern Michigan University Paddle Club Sunday Pool Sessions.