Northern Michigan: Suttons Bay Floatilla Hopes to Break World Record

Northern Michigan Events: Have you ever dreamed of making it into the Guinness Book of World Records? This September, do so while helping the Northern Michigan community at the Suttons Bay Floatilla, a Guinness World Record Challenge event for the largest raft of canoes and kayaks. The Floatilla benefits Suttons Bay Public Schools, to which all of the proceeds are donated.

The event will be held on Saturday September 1, in Suttons Bay, with the official boat count taking place at 1:00 p.m. Boats can be dropped off at one of three locations from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., allowing participants to wander through the Farmers Market and food vendors at the Suttons Bay marina. Packet pick-up is scheduled for Friday, August 31, from 6-9 p.m. and Saturday, September 1 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Suttons Bay Public Schools. Online registration is available until Thursday, August 30, and day-of registration until Saturday September 1, at 11 a.m.  

The current record for largest canoe and kayak raft is held by a small town in upstate New York, which organized a flotilla of 1902 boats. The Suttons Bay Floatilla hopes to break this record with at least 2000 boats. Photographs of the original New York event are in the April issue of National Geographic magazine, and can be seen at or at

Canoe rentals are available at and There are also a limited number of boats available at the event on a first come first serve basis.

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