Ready to Have Some "Reel Fun?" 

Northland Area Federal Credit Union and the Thunder Bay River Center present the Second Annual "Reel Fun" Northland Challenge!

Join us on Saturday, July 20th starting at 9:00 AM for fun-filled festivities. 

Kayak Icon Kayak Sprint vendor icon Arts & Craft Show  Paw Icon Duck Park Doggy Derby Carnival Icon Carnival Games   food truck icon Food Trucks

Kayak Sprint 
Kayak Racer Getting into Water at Duck Park

location iconSytek Park - Bagley Street, Alpena, MI

time icon Race begins at 9:00 AM

Dollar Sign Icon$25 early registration, $35 day of registration, $20 discounted registration for EMTs, First Responders, Healthcare Workers, and Veterans

 Register Here


Kayak Race Prizes 2023 Race Winners

prize icon 1st Place: $1,000

prize icon 2nd Place: $750

prize icon 3rd Place: $500

Pictured is Northland's 2023 Kayak Sprint Winners. 

Race Course Wildlife Sanctuary Kayak Race Map

The kayakers will load into the water using the boat launch at Sytek Park. The start of the race will begin at 9:00 AM at the Sytek Park Bridge. The racers will paddle downstream towards the Alpena County Fairgrounds.  The kayakers will circle Island Park and return upstream toward Sytek Park to finish. Racers must pass under the Sytek Bridge to finish. The course is approximately 6 miles. 





Arts & Craft Show Community Shopping at an Art Show

location icon Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary Duck Park 1510 W. Chisholm Street, Alpena, MI 49707

time icon 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM 

registration icon We are seeking vendors and crafters to participate! 

Dollar Sign Icon$40 for 10x10 spots

Question Mark IconFor questions regarding event details, vendor applications, and payment, please email 



Dog Park Doggy Derby Dogs Racing Picture

location icon Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary Duck Park 1510 W. Chisholm Street, Alpena, MI 49707

Dollar Sign Icon$10 registration fee

time icon Race Times

  • 0-15 lbs: 12:00 PM
  • 16-30 lbs: 1:00 PM
  • 31-45 lbs: 2:00 PM
  • 46-60 lbs: 3:00 PM
  • 61+ lbs: 4:00 PM

Paw Icon All proceeds benefit the Alpena Animal Shelter.


Supporting Our Community community heart icon

All proceeds benefit the Thunder Bay River Center, Alpena Animal Shelter, and local Veterans. 


Race Rules 

Kayak Sprint Rules




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