44th Annual Great Cardboard Boat Regatta

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** Due to weather, the Cardboard Boat Regatta has been cancelled. The event has been rescheduled to Saturday, May 6.


April 29, 2017

The Great Cardboard Boat Regatta originated at Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 1974. This fun, family–friendly event continues to draw aspiring boat builders and spectators to Southern Illinois each spring to race cardboard creations (and watch them sink).

On-site Boat Registration & Boat Inspections begins at 10 am.

Races begin at 1 p.m.

The 44th Annual Great Cardboard Boat Regatta is being held at Evergreen Park (901 West Pleasant Hill Road) boat launch. Limited parking is available at park. Remote parking in Lot 56 (South of SIUC Arena) has been arranged with shuttle service to park.


Pre-Registration Options (available until April 21):

  • Registration is closed

PLEASE NOTE: A complete and signed consent form is required for each individual that will be in a boat. The consent form(s) may be presented to Regatta Staff upon check-in on race day. No one will be allowed to race without the completed/signed consent form.


Registration Options:

  • Pre-registration $15
  • Onsite registration $20
  • PLEASE NOTE: Pre-registration is online ONLY. For onsite registration, a registration form can be completed and brought to check-in.

One commemorative Regatta t-shirt is included with each boat registration.

T-shirt size: Youth S/M/L, Adult S/M/L/XL

Additional t-shirts can be ordered for $10/each by emailing mkinsel@siu.edu.