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Paddle for Glory: Join Floatzilla and Make History on the Mississippi

Floatzilla, the largest paddle event on the Mississippi, is set to make a grand return on August 19th, marking its 14th year of celebration. This eagerly anticipated gathering takes place in the picturesque Quad Cities region, drawing paddling enthusiasts from across the nation for an exhilarating day on the mighty Mississippi River.

With over a thousand participants and exclusive river closure to other watercraft, Floatzilla provides an exceptional opportunity to immerse oneself in the area's awe-inspiring natural beauty. Whether you possess seasoned paddling skills or are venturing into this exciting activity for the first time, Floatzilla caters to everyone's preferences. The launch sites have been thoughtfully designed to accommodate individuals of all skill levels, offering a range of options. From a leisurely half-mile paddle originating at Credit Island to an adrenaline-fueled eleven-mile launch from Empire Park, an adventure awaits everyone.

Even after a thrilling day on the water, the festivities continue at Floatzilla's post-paddle event. Here, participants can unwind and forge connections with fellow paddling enthusiasts while reveling in live music performances and tantalizing offerings from various food vendors. It's an excellent opportunity to relax, share stories, and bask in the camaraderie that comes from sharing a mutual love for the water.

One notable highlight of this year's Floatzilla is the ambitious aim to shatter the world record for the largest raft of canoes and kayaks, with an impressive target of 3,151 participants. Achieving this feat would be a momentous accomplishment, made possible through the collective support and dedication of the Quad Cities community.

Beyond the thrill and excitement, Floatzilla also seeks to introduce community members to the joys of the Mississippi River while raising awareness for River Action and its vision of promoting the river's environmental, economic, and cultural vitality and riverfront in the Quad Cities region.

Floatzilla embodies a vibrant community of water enthusiasts who cherish the adventures and experiences that rivers bring. By joining Floatzilla, you become a valued member of this close-knit family, united by a shared passion for paddling and an unwavering love for the water. So, mark your calendars, gather your gear, and prepare to be part of Floatzilla 2023—an event that promises unforgettable memories and a deep appreciation for the beauty of the Mississippi River.