Breakers to Bridge Paddle
Ten Mile Race From Breakers To Bridge on the Portage!

Course Description:

Starting just east of Breakers; the course winds through the canal and former location of the 1 mile portage traced by fur traders and miners hundreds of years ago. After the wave start through the canal, the portage opens up before heading east towards Houghton. At the Marsin Center (mile 2.9), Keweenaw Land Trust Volunteers will be there to greet and refuel you for the 4 miles through the central Keweenaw to Hancock Beach. At Hancock Beach, Boy Scouts will be eager to get you necessary food for your last leg to the finish in Houghton... or a quick game of volleyball; whichever suits your fancy. At mile 9 you will pass underneath the iconic Portage Lake Lift Bridge, the finish line is very near. The finish line will be on the south shore of the portage right between Houghton Waterfront Park & Pavilion and Super 8 Motel where family and spectators will gather to cheer you on in your accomplishment.

10 Mile Course Map:

Race Schedule & Cutoffs:

  • 7:00AM-10:00AM: Check in & Bib Pickup (Houghton Waterfront Park & Pavilion)
  • 10:00AM Race Start (Stanton Township Boat Launch)
  • 1:00PM Cutoff* for Marsin Center Aid Station (Oskar Bay)
  • 4:00PM Last Finisher soft cutoff*
  • 1:00PM-5:00PM: Music & Food at the finish area (Houghton Waterfront Park & Pavilion)
  • 1:00PM-5:00PM: Silent Auction (Houghton Waterfront Park & Pavilion)
  • 5:00PM: Awards Ceremony and Recognition (Houghton Waterfront Park & Pavilion)

Start Time

The exciting 2nd annual Breakers to Bridge start will occur at 10:00AM Eastern Time. The start this year will be in waves. You will sign up for the wave you want to start on when you drop your boat off the night before the race. There will be 20 boats in each wave, the waves will go off every 15 minutes.

Participants traveling from outside of Michigan should be aware that the entire race is in the Eastern Time Zone, and should account for this when traveling. You don't want to miss the start because you forgot to factor in the time zone change!!!

Shuttle Information:

A free paddler shuttle will be available for participants on morning of the paddle. The shuttle will begin at 7:30AM and leave for the last run at 10:30AM. Shuttles will run every 20 minutes and will fill on a first come first serve basis. To minimize wait times, shuttle time slot reservations will be available at the time of bib pickup on both Friday night and Saturday morning. More information will be made available in the participant guide to be published the last week of August.

We recognize that for many paddlers, it will be more convenient to arrange their own transportation to Breakers than it will be to take the shuttle. This is allowed with the understanding that parking will be limited at the start area. There will be a designated unloading zone, however the driver of the vehicle will likely need to park far from the start.

Required Gear

For the full duration of the event, all participants are required to wear a Personal Flotation Device that meets or exceeds the rating of US Coast Guard Type III PFD. Limited rentals are available.

Participants are required to provide their own boat and paddles unless rented during registration for the event. See Rentals below

Participants are strongly encouraged to cary a non-glass fluid container for hydration between aid stations.

Course Support & Aid:

There will be two aid stations on the course providing drinks and light food for participants. All participants are strongly encouraged to carry a non-glass fluid container to stay hydrated between stations. In addition to the two aid stations, there will be two power motorboats on the water providing aid as needed.

*Aid station cutoffs are for the safety of all participants and a courtesy to all volunteers. Participants expecting to miss a cutoff should understand that aid stations will wait for your boat to arrive and get checked in, however all boats arriving at the aid station after the set cutoff time will be asked to withdraw from the paddle or continue with the understanding that they are no longer participants in the event and thus should not expect any support or aid from that point on.

Swag and Awards

All finishers will recieve a Breakers to Bridge T-shirt. Both catagories (solo and tandem) will have awards that will go towards the top 3 boats in each watercraft division. No differential based on age, sex or gender will be made in the handling of awards.

Boat Rentals

A limited number of boats will be available to rent from Michigan Tech's Outdoor Adventure Program. Boats are packages that include watercraft, paddles and PFD's. PFD's are available to rent individually for those that do not have a PFD, but have access to their own boat.

If you are renting a boat from the Outdoor Adventure Program a wave number will be assigned to you. This is for planning and boat loading purposes.


We worked to make the cost structure simple for you

  • May 29-July 31: $35 Solo, $55 Tandem and Canoe
  • August 1-27: $45 Solo, $60 Tandem and Canoe
  • August 28-September 8 (day before event): $60 Solo, $75 Tandem and Canoe

Registration includes all aid stations, support on the course, a t-Shirt for each paddler, finisher medalian, timing, participant shuttle, and more!

Volunteer for the Race

Ask anyone, volunteers are the heart and soul of every event. Breakers to Bridge needs hundreds of volunteers from around the community every year. If you are interested in volunteering please consider it! Volunteers get a free T-shirt and meal at the post event celebration! Whats not to love?