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Congratulations to Ben Schlimmer, winner of the 2023 Little River Ice Out Contest!
Ben's guess of March 18th was closest to the actual ice out date of March 19th, and his was the first of two entries for that date! Ben has won a free race entry to Canton Canoe Weekend! Thank you to everyone who entered the contest!
2023 SLVP Events: Our Calendar webpage has been updated for 2023! Check it out to learn about all that is going on - races, Wednesday scrambles/time trials and duathlons, Thursday evening exploration of local waterways, and other events!
St. Lawrence Valley Paddlers (SLVP) is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization formed to promote pro and amateur marathon racing, recreational paddlesports racing, recreational paddling and conservation of our waterways. Founded in 1990 and based in Canton, NY, SLVP has been encouraging participation in paddlesports for over 30 years. Our goals are to promote paddlesport racing through hosting of several racing events, provide paddlesport safety training for new and experienced paddlers, provide top tips and techniques to improve paddler's fitness and paddling enjoyment, and to explore and conserve our North Country waterways. Objectives are to introduce, recruit and encourage new paddlers to compete in marathon and recreational paddlesport racing, to discover, learn to appreciate and conserve north country waterways, and improve waterway access for the public.
SLVP sponsors weekly Wednesday evening 'scrambles' (time trials) of 4-6 miles on the Grasse and/or Little Rivers and run-paddle-run duathlons. Duathlons are held at the Little River boat launch next to the Park Street bridge (CR 27) in Canton on the third Wednesday of May, June, July, August and September. Duathlons consist of a 1.25 mile run, a 1.25 mile paddle and another 1.25 mile run. SLVP also sponsors five marathon and recreational races between April and September.
Members vary in their abilities from novice recreational paddlers to pro racers. They paddle a variety of watercraft including solo and tandem canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and pack boats.
We encourage membership in our organization for a variety of reasons. Memberships and donations cover basic expenses such as our PO Box, maintaining our website, race insurance, mailings, sports shows, race buoys, race numbers, and to support other paddling events and padding organizations. Memberships are available for individuals, families and businesses. Member benefits include a $5 discount at registration for SLVP races.
If you are interested in paddling with SLVP, come out and see what we are all about! For more information regarding times and locations please see our website pages, visit our Facebook page or contact us.
Please consider joining SLVP today and/or supporting us by making a donation.
For help planning your visit, check out www.VisitSTLC.com for lodging, dining and other attractions in the area. If you are looking for more adventure, the outdoor recreation site for St. Lawrence County is a great resource.
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