Sangamon River Canoe Race

Canoe Race Set for October 5

The inaugural Lincoln Heritage Water Trail ~ Abe’s River Race, a ACA sanctioned canoe and kayak race, will be held on Saturday, October 5 on the Sangamon River, ending at Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site. Riverbank Lodge in Petersburg is the host site where canoeists and kayakers begin with registration/sign-in and return for the post-race awards and celebration.

Abe’s River Race is for both competitors and those just wanting to casually paddle the river and be a part of this first of its kind event. This is the perfect, family-friendly opportunity to check out this historic waterway, as there will be monitors and safety personnel along the 6 mile course.

There are five divisions of competition and awards for the top finishers in each category. Register now and through September 25 to receive an early online discount or register in person at Riverbank Lodge on October 4th and 5th. To participate and learn more about the Lincoln Heritage Water Trail visit or register directly at

Following the race, all registered racers and paddlers should return to Riverbank Lodge to receive an Abe’s River Race t-shirt, tickets for prizes and more. The awards will be presented at approximately 4:30 pm. Food, drinks, and live music will be available throughout the afternoon and evening. The public is invited and local residents are encouraged join in the celebration of this inaugural event.

All proceeds from the Lincoln Heritage Water Trail ~ Abe’s River Race will be applied to initiatives associated with improvements to the Trails, including future on-water activities, races, river clean-ups, and cultural and natural history tours.

To see photos of canoes and kayaks on the river, along with a short video, please go to the Menard County Tourism Council website, The Menard County Tourism Council and Menard County Trails and Greenways Association are co-sponsors of the inaugural Abe’s River Race.

For more information about the inaugural Lincoln Heritage Water Trail ~ Abe’s River Race, please contact Dick Moss at Riverbank Lodge at 632-0202 or Jim Reed via email at Additional details will be released in advance of the event and are online.