About the Race

The Race

The third annual River Rat Paddle Challenge on the historic Ouachita River will be held on September 29, 2018. Proceeds will benefit Horse Assisted Therapy Services of North Louisiana. We hope to have over a hundred racers participating in this year's event.  The race will be about 6 and a half miles long and will include divisions for paddleboards, canoes, and kayaks (multiple lengths/styles) for men, women, and children.  

Horse Assisted Therapy Services of North Louisiana (HATS)

Horse Assisted Therapy Services of North Louisiana, Inc. provides therapeutic horsemanship instruction to people who are “differently-abled.” We are a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization incorporated in 2009, and we are located in Calhoun, LA.  

Attention Rat Packs

We will be giving out "special awards" for our Rat Pack Teams in the areas of Largest Team (as measured by number of River Rats on your team, not girth!), Fastest Team (determined by the finish time of the third team member), and my personal favorite, Spirit of the Ouachita (as determined by the amount of fun your team is having, costumes or paddle decor, or however you show off your River Rat style).   What is YOUR definition of a river rat?  We don't hide our crazy around here! We put it on the river for all to enjoy! 



We offer everything you need to have a great day on the water or trail! Brands include: BOTE boards,  KULA, FRIO, Mojo, Stormtech, and Geaux Hammocks.  


Cajun food restaurant located on the beautiful Ouachita River. Enjoy the scenery, the best Cajun cooking, lunch specials, and weekly live music.  

Louisiana Delta Adventures

Louisiana Delta Adventures works to bring “new dollars” into northeast Louisiana by capitalizing on agritourism, nature-based tourism, ecotourism and cultural tourism. 

Sponsor the River Rat Paddle Challenge 2018 and See Your Logo and Link Here!

Contact Leslie Vowles at Horse Assisted Therapy Services for details!

(318)243-1211 or hatsofnla@yahoo.com

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American Canoe Association

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Special Thanks

  • Ouachita Parish Sheriff Reserve Unit 
  • West Monroe Police Department
  • West Monroe Fire Department
  • Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries 
  • Premier Home Health
  • Race Committee: Scott Moore, David Dupree, Mark Elliott, Stephanie Herrmann, Leslie Vowles, and Leslie Albritton.