Cardboard Boat Regatta offers ‘pure’ summer fun

The third annual Rough River Lake Cardboard Boat Regatta was held this past Saturday, June 27 to an enthusiastic crowd of supporters and beach-goers.

The event, which is free and held annually at Rough River Lake’s North Fork Beach, offers participants the chance to create and race their own cardboard boats in a variety of competitions and classes.

“It is pure fun,” said Diane Stratton, of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), who served as master of ceremonies for the regatta.

Following the multiple races, an award ceremony was held, recognizing the first place winners of each race, as well as the recipients of judges’ awards.

The crews of the USS Saettel and the Diabetes Destroyer (USS Bennett) dominated the races, as crews for the USS Saettel took home the Parent-Child and 50+ trophies, and the crew of the Diabetes Destroyer took home the Open Class, and School and Civic Group trophies.

The USS Saettel also won the grand finale, “If It Floats, It Races” competition, which, Stratton said, is “not for a trophy. It’s just for bragging rights.”

The event was hosted by the USACE and the Friends of Rough River Lake, a non-profit organization that has partnered with the USACE and Rough River Dam State Park Resort Park in order to increase people’s interest in and enjoyment of Rough River Lake.

On the official Rough River Lake Facebook page, it was announced that the 2016 Cardboard Boat Regatta has already been scheduled.

For more information about the USACE and its work at Rough River Dam State Park Resort Park, visit

For more information about Friends of Rough River Lake and its events, visit

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