Cheers to Clean Water: Tennessee River Paddle-Off

Sat June 19, 2021 Directions

Race only

12:00PM EDT - 2:00PM EDT

Celebration only

2:00PM EDT - 4:00PM EDT

Friendly floating only

12:00PM EDT - 2:00PM EDT

Celebration + Friendly Floating

12:00PM EDT - 4:00PM EDT

Kids 12 & under race

12:00PM EDT - 2:00PM EDT

River Cleanup

12:00PM EDT - 2:00PM EDT

River Cleanup and Celebration

12:00PM EDT - 4:00PM EDT
Suttree Landing Park

Join us for the 4th Annual Cheers to Clean Water Celebration on June 19th, 2021, benefiting the Water Quality Forum! This year, we are headed back to the south waterfront at Suttree Landing Park for the 2021 Tennessee River Paddle-Off to celebrate the amazing resource we have in our backyards, the Tennessee River!

If you need a boat please let us know on your registration and or emailing us at and we can make arrangements to have for you the day of at Suttree Landing Park.

Participants are encouraged to bring a kayak, canoe, or paddle board and take part in a competitive race, or just float and enjoy the river. There are two route options: from Suttree Landing Park to the western tip of Dickinson Island, or from Suttree Landing Park and going up and around Dickinson Island. Friendly floaters can go as far as they would like (Route Map)

Following the float is a celebration in the name of clean water at Printshop Beer Co. where beer will be flowing and there will be a chance to take home some swag.

With full registration, participants will receive entry to the event, one waterproof cell phone bag, one 16oz steel cup, and 2 drink tickets. Race Only and Kids 12 & under race registrants receive entry to the event and one waterproof cell phone bag. Celebration only registrants receive entry to the event, one 16oz steel cup, and 2 drink tickets. Those who want to free float the river as part of this event receive free entry, with suggested donation of $5.

Proceeds from this event benefit the Water Quality Forum,  a coalition of diverse partners working together to keep our waters in East Tennessee clean. A portion of the proceeds go directly to WaterFest, the Water Quality Forum’s largest annual education event. The event serves 800 students in kindergarten through third grade, introducing them to water science concepts and engaging them in fun, hands-on activities that teach them about their local water resources and how to protect them.

The City of Knoxville Waste and Resources Management Department is facilitating a river cleanup by boat!  This will take place DURING the race. A limited number of boats will be provided.

THIS IS A RAIN OR SHINE EVENT. In the event of severe weather, boaters will be required to get off the water as quickly as possible. Dogs are welcome, on leash and well-behaved.


IMPORTANT: Parking is VERY LIMITED. Please consider carpooling, cycling, or walking to the event. There is a free lot at 2011 Kay Street and under the James White overpass on Island Home Avenue- this is next to Printshop Brewing where our celebration will be held, both less than a mile from the event. We want to respect our neighbors and not crowd the residential streets. Thank you!

Race Contact Info

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Cheers to Clean Water SWAG

Large phone dry bag and custom blue metal beer cup.

Phone bag is included with the race and the beer cup for the celebration. 


Race Website

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Route Map

Route Map, 4K and 8K options


Suttree Landing Park


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