Paddle for Clean Water

The Floatilla is an annual 5-mile paddling event in Baltimore’s iconic Inner Harbor.

Money raised by the Floatilla provides City students with environmental field trips, makeover dirty alleys and help Mr. Trash Wheel and Professor Trash Wheel keep hundreds of tons of trash out of the water.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Groups have been paddling safely in the Baltimore Harbor for many years, but we do not take safety for granted. In fact, safety is our number one concern. Motorized safety boats will be patrolling the route and will be able to offer paddlers first aid and other assistance as needed.

Clean water with soap and hand sanitizer will be provided at Canton Waterfront Park.

Yes, water quality is always a concern in urban waterways and you should take time to familiarize yourself with local water issues by reviewing the Healthy Harbor Report Card or checking the most recent water quality data on HarborAlert.org.In the case of a major water pollution event in the days leading up to the Floatilla we may ask participants to take extra precautions such as not participating if they have compromised immune systems or open wounds and asking participants to consider wearing gloves and waterproof clothing. We want all participants to understand the risks associated with paddling in an urban waterway.

The Baltimore Floatilla is a rain or shine event, however, it will be cancelled by 6:00 A.M. on the morning of the event if weather events make paddling unsafe (wind, thunder, lightning, etc.).

If the event is canceled, participants will have the option of receiving a full refund or donating their registration fee to the Healthy Harbor Initiative. 

Yes, previous paddling experience is highly recommended for participation in this event. This is not an event for first time paddlers; this is a five-mile round trip course in an urban waterway. We highly recommend that all participants have previous experience paddling five or more consecutive miles.

Yes. All participants between the ages of 13-15 must be accompanied in the same boat by a parent or guardian; all participants between the ages of 16-17 must attend paddling event with parent or guardian but may operate their own craft; all participants 18 years or older may paddle individually without parent or guardian.

Your registration fee includes supervised launching from Canton Waterfront Park, a Baltimore Floatilla t-shirt, safety whistle, and breakfast.

To participate in the Floatilla you must either bring your own boat or rent a kayak or stand up paddle board with Ultimate Watersports through the registration page.

Nope! Bring a valid ID and we will have a list of names.

The Baltimore Harbor is under a tremendous amount of environmental stress caused by sewage overflows, trash, and polluted stormwater runoff. We are coming together in solidarity to support the environmental restoration of this ecosystem because we value the health of our city, our harbor, our bay, and our oceans.

Carpooling is encouraged! Canton Waterfront Park has free parking for up to 70 cars on a first come, first served basis. Once that lot is filled participants can drop off their vessels at the park but will then be directed to the paid lot at 1500 S. Clinton St where there are hundreds of parking spaces. Limited street parking is also available in the vicinity.

Please arrive no later than 8:00am.

There is a floating dock and a concrete boat ramp on either side.

You may paddle to this event from another location, but you must check-in at Canton Waterfront Park no later than 8:30am.

The Baltimore Floatilla is a rain or shine event, however, it will be cancelled by 6:00 A.M. on the morning of the event if a weather event makes paddling unsafe (wind, thunder, lightning, etc.).

If the event is canceled, participants will have the option of receiving a full refund or donating their registration fee to Healthy Harbor Initiative. 

Yes! Email chelsea@waterfrontpartnership.org for more information.

Yes. Please bring a reusable bottle to refill at our water bottle refilling station.

You should come prepared to be outside and exposed to the elements for the duration of the event. To participate, you will need to bring a kayak, canoe or paddleboard, a paddle, a life jacket (unless you are renting through the registration page), and a large bottle of water. You should also consider bringing sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat, snacks, shoes, and clothing that you won’t mind getting wet and/or dirty.