Great Cardboard Boat Regatta

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47th Annual Great Cardboard Boat Regatta

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).


Date: April 23, 2022

Time: Races begin at 1 p.m.

Location:  Becker Pavilion (Boat Dock) on Campus Lake
1493 Douglas Drive, Carbondale, IL


  • Pre-registration $15
  • Onsite registration $20

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

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



Available until April 15, 2022.

  • Pre-registration: $15
  • Online boat registration.
  • Register by phone with VISA, Discover or Mastercard by calling Conference and Scheduling Services at 618/536-7751.
  • Register by completing a registration form and emailing to or faxing to 618-453-5680.

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.

Onsite Registration

  • Onsite registration $20
  • PLEASE NOTE: For onsite registration, an onsite registration form can also be completed and brought to check-in the day of the event.