Great Cardboard Boat Regatta

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This event has been canceled.

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 25, 2020
Time: Races begin at 1 p.m.
Location:  Becker Pavilion (Boat Dock) on Campus Lake
1493 Douglas Drive, Carbondale, IL

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


Available until April 16, 2020.

  • Canceled Online boat registration
  • Register by phone with VISA, Discover or Mastercard by calling Conference and Scheduling Services at 618/536-7751

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.


  • Pre-registration $15
  • Onsite registration $20
  • CANCELED  PLEASE NOTE: For onsite registration, a registration form can also be completed and brought to check-in the day of the event.

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