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 July 1, 2017 and ends September 22, 2017.  You can also download the Webscorer app to your phone.

Same starting point as last year.

The race will begin at 10:00am at the Bayou D'argonne Boat Ramp on Bayou D'arbonne Drive, West Monroe, LA.  After dropping off your watercraft at the boat ramp, please drive to Trapp's on the River at 113 South Riverfront St in West Monroe.  Park in the parking lot across the street from Trapp's, toward the back if possible.  A Ouachita Parish school bus will shuttle racers from this parking lot back to the starting line and will be leaving Trapp's PROMPTLY at 8:45am.  DO NOT MISS THE BUS!!

Fantastic new finish line!

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

September 22, 2017 6:00-8:00pm    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.
  • Catch the shuttle bus in the Trapp's parking lot at 8:30am, 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

CLICK HERE to register online via WebScorer.

NELA Paddler of the Year 2016

Spirit of the Ouachita 2016

Leslie Albritton and her band of funky Ouachita River pirates set the bar for years to come!

Rats Outta Hell 2016

The "Triplets" are a well-oiled machine!

Rats Outta Hell, Rat Packs, and NELA Paddler of the Year

Specialty Awards will be given in three areas:

  • Rat Outta Hell - do you think you've got what it takes to make it to the finish line in under an hour?  We will award any paddler who can complete the course in an hour or less.  Paddlers participating in solo or multi-paddler boats will be eligible for the award.  The course has been shortened by about 2/10ths of a mile from last year's course to 6.5 miles.  We shall present any paddler that completes the course in an hour or less an engraved Leatherman multi-tool knife honoring their accomplishment. We welcome any paddlers who believe they are up to this challenge.
  • The Rat Pack - a friendly little team competition for fun and bragging rights.  Come up with a name, make sure your team registers, and let the trash talk begin!  Very Special Rat Pack Awards will be given in three areas: the fastest, the largest, and the most team spirit.
  • Louisiana Delta Adventures will award the NELA Paddler of the Year

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