Elkhart River Challenge

Canoe or Kayak in Support of Lacasa, Inc.
Elkhart River Challenge map

The 2022 Elkhart River Challenge will be held on September 10!

THE Paddle Adventure of Elkhart County, Indiana - with Greater Purpose

On Oct. 2nd, 2021, Lacasa launched its first Elkhart River Challenge, Elkhart County’s first major kayak fundraiser event connecting Elkhart and Goshen in more than 20 years. The inaugural timed race ended with the fastest kayaker claiming a $2,000 prize! All finishers earned a chance at winning a $500 drawing!

Beginning near Interra Credit Union headquarters in Goshen, kayakers will enter the Elkhart River and try to make the best time heading Northwest into Elkhart and landing at Island Park. Corporate sponsors and the public were also able to join in a kayak parade float from Studebaker Park in Elkhart to the finish line at Island Park.

Elkhart River Challenge TIMED from Lincoln Ave Bridge in Goshen (near Interra) to Elkhart Ave Bridge in Elkhart.

The 2021 Elkhart River Challenge sponsors include:

GOLD LEVEL SPONSORS include: Community Foundation of Elkhart County • Northwest Bank • Surf Broadband Solutions • Momentum Marketing Consultants

SILVER LEVEL SPONSORS include: ANCON Construction • First State Bank • Bowling Vision Center • INOVA FEDERAL • DJ Construction • ObeCo • weImpact • Kem Krest

Special thanks go to R.A.W. Outdoors for helping with the event planning and monitoring our paddlers on the river!


Together, we can make our communities stronger. Lacasa welcomes kayakers of all abilities to choose their route and difficulty level at the event. Join the parade float, where decorated canoes and kayaks can show off their designs on an approximately one-hour route, or enjoy a full day of paddling on the 5-hour endurance course. It all comes together at Island Park where we’ll celebrate with food trucks and prizes!


  • Participation (bring your own kayak or canoe) – $50 includes participation and t-shirt
  • Participation with kayak rental – $100 includes participation and t-shirt
  • Participation with canoe rental (two people) – $140 includes participation for two and two t-shirts

The endurance course starts with a 7 a.m. registration at Interra Credit Union in Goshen. Competitors will launch and race to Island Park in Elkhart. There will be a cash prize for the endurance race winners and a cash prize raffle entry for all participants.

The parade course will start at 8 a.m. at Studebaker Park in Elkhart. Participates will decorate their boats and launch to Island Park by 10 a.m. A prize for best decorated will be awarded. 



Mile Endurance Route

Dollars of PRize Money


Your sponsorship of this event helps not just one, but two Elkhart County organizations. When you sponsor the Elkhart River Challenge, 30% of your donation will help Heart City Health continue its mission of providing accessible, quality healthcare in our region. If you’re interested in sponsoring the Elkhart River Challenge, please input your email below.