Cardboard boat races coming to Dallesport May 16

National Boating Safety Week is May 16 to 22, and Columbia Hills State Park is partnering with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to promote safe and responsible boating by launching the park’s first ever cardboard boat race at Horsethief Lake just east of Dallesport Saturday.

The event encourages creativity and ingenuity by providing individuals and teams with a two part challenge. First, teams must construct boats out of cardboard, tape and paint. Second, they must race their creations around a buoyed obstacle course. Awards will be given for first, second and third fastest boats, and best theme. If you think you’re up for the challenge, now is the time to ask your friends and neighbors to help you collect cardboard!

May 16 is also “Ready, Set, Wear it!” Life Jacket World Record Day. Last year, 7,000 people participated in this event worldwide to break the world record for most life jackets worn in a day. You can be a part of making a new world record, simply by showing up with your life jacket and being photographed wearing it in a group shot. If you don’t own your own life jacket, you can still be a part of the fun; loaner life jackets will be available on a first come serve basis.

Photographs for world record day will be from 11:30–12 p.m. Regatta participants are encouraged, but not required, to participate in the photo. Regatta participants must pre-register by May 9. Racers should be at the Horsethief Lake boat launch by 12 p.m. for boats to be inspected and judged. Race will begin at 1 p.m.

If racing doesn’t exactly float your boat, join the spectators at the Horsethief Lake Amphitheater and enjoy the warmth of a bonfire, free toasted marshmallows and hot chocolate while you cheer on regatta contestants as they float, sink, or swim on by!

Event Parking Permits will be issued for registered Regatta and “Ready, Set, Wear It!” participants; otherwise a day or annual Discover Pass will be required. For more information on these events and information on how to register, contact Sarah Green at 509-439-9032 or e-mail at

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