Race info & Registration

Pre-registration is available online below via Webscorer.

There will be NO onsite registration on race day.  Please follow the Webscorer link at the bottom of this page. Online registration begins August 1, 2018 and ends September 26, 2018.  You can also download the Webscorer app to your phone.

Starting line information.

The race will begin at 10:00am at the Bayou D'arbonne Boat Ramp on Bayou D'arbonne Drive, West Monroe, LA.  After dropping off your paddle craft at the boat ramp, please drive to Trapp's on the River at 113 South Riverfront St in West Monroe (about a 15 minute drive).  Park in the parking lot across the street from Trapp's, toward the back if possible.  A Ouachita Parish school bus will make 2 trips to shuttle racers from this parking lot back to the starting line and will be leaving Trapp's PROMPTLY at 8:15am and 9:00.  DO NOT MISS THE BUS, and catch the earlier bus, if possible!!

Finish line at Trapp's on the River!

Trapp's, 113 South Riverfront St., West Monroe, LA  Join us at Trapp's for the after party!  Food, fun, and frosty cold beverages await you at the finish line while you enjoy the awards presentations and a live band!

and Packet Pick-up

Friday, September 28, 2018, from 6:00-7:30pm at  Trapp's Restaurant, 113 Riverfront St. West Monroe, LA

Official River Rat Hotel

Book your stay at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites (318)807-6000

603 Constitution Dr.              1 King       $99

West Monroe, LA 71291       2 Queens $103

Ask for the River Rat Paddle Challenge group rate/Event 311.  Complementary breakfast is included.

Race Day Schedule of Events

  • Paddlers can drop off their watercraft at the starting point beginning at 7am Saturday.
  • Drive vehicles to Trapp's and park across the street near the Ouachita Brewery (about a 15 min drive).
  • Catch the shuttle bus in the Trapp's parking lot at 8:15 or 9:00am, it will return you to the starting location.
  • Mandatory safety meeting at 9:30am.
  • Starting gun goes off at 10:00am.
  • Paddle your way to the finish line at Trapp's.
  • Drive over the levee to retrieve your watercraft
  • Enjoy the food and after party!

Race Rules & Boat Classes

Located below is a PDF of this year's race rules; all of the changes from last year to the rules, are indicated in RED.

Also, located below is a PDF of the boat classes for this year's event.

online registration

2017 NELA Paddler of the Year

Kelby and Amy Ouchley

Louisiana Delta Adventures presents the  NELA Paddler of the Year Award.

The 2017 Speedy Gonzales Award Winners, Monday Night Sprints

The Speedy Gonzales Award goes to the River Rat Pack team that is able to finish the course in the fastest time. Time will be calculated on the third member of each team's time as they cross the finish line.

The 2017 "I Smell a River Rat" Award Winners, Baby Got Yak!

The "I Smell A River Rat" Award goes to the Rat Pack team that captures the spirit of the Ouachita River Rat: a helping of camaraderie, ecclectic theme, with just a dash of full-blown crazy! 

The 2017 BIG CHEESE Award Winners, The Swamp Hippies!

The BIG CHEESE Award goes to the Rat Pack with the largest number of team members participating.

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