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2021 USCA Nationals – Now at Warren, PA (changed from Lock Haven)

August 12, 2021 - August 15, 2021


2021 USCA National Championship, August 12-15, 2021

The Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry has been a big part in the local paddling community for many years. WCCBI is associated with the Pennsylvania Association of Canoeing and Kayaking (PACK) and the United States Canoe Association (USCA).

Order of Events:

  • August 12th – Youth Sprint and Adult/Youth Sprint Championships, Youth Marathon Championships and Paddlers with Physical Disabilities Championships; Chapman Lake
  • August 13th – Marathon Championships; Allegheny River from Kinzua Tailwaters Boat Ramp to Betts Park
  • August 14th – Marathon Championships; Allegheny River from Kinzua Tailwaters Boat Ramp to Betts Park
  • August 15th – Marathon Championships; Allegheny River from Kinzua Tailwaters Boat Ramp to Betts Park


The 2021 USCA National Canoe and Kayak Marathon Championships on the Allegheny River here in Warren County, PA. 

As with all previous running’s of this event in Warren the marathon course will begin at the tailwaters of the Kinzua Dam located along Route 59 approximately 9 miles east of the City of Warren. The start line will be situated at a Corps. of Engineers boat launch with ample river accessibility both upstream and downstream of the start line. Adequate warm up area exists between the start line and the dam restriction area to allow for pre-race warm up paddling. 

The 2021 adult marathon course will cover approximately 12.5 miles of the Allegheny River between the Kinzua Dam and Betts Park in Warren, PA. Two upstream portions will be included, one in Shipmen’s Eddie and is approximately .5 miles in length and the other within the City of Warren utilizing railroad and roadway bridges as turn demarcation points. This section, approximately .5 mile in length, has been utilized in all prior Nationals in Warren and provides excellent spectator viewing opportunities as well as challenging upstream paddling for competitors. 

One section of rough water is involved on this course, adjacent to the United Refining Company. This section is approximately 100 yards long and will be actively monitored by Glade Volunteer Swift-water rescue squad. 

Management of the water level for the 2021 Nationals will again be coordinated with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. While weather conditions will dictate the Corps ability to provide additional discharge through the dam or restrict such discharge to reach optimum race conditions along the course we have experienced in the past and have every confidence that we will again receive the utmost in cooperation from the Corps in meeting the needs of the USCA for all 3 marathon days. 

The marathon course for the Youth divisions will start at the tailwaters at the Kinzua Dam and will run to Betts Park in Warren. Youth paddlers will run a straight course and not complete the upstream portions of the course. 

The Sprint competitions will be held on Chapman Lake located within Chapman State Park. The lake offers flat water for the competition and easily accessible viewing areas. The park has ample amounts of parking and easy access for paddlers to get in and out of the water. 




August 12, 2021
August 15, 2021
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Race Organizer

John Papalia
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Race Classifications
See pdf attached
Camping / Lodging
Days Inn of Warren: 814-726-3000, Hampton Inn and Suites: 814-723-2722 or www.warrensuites.hamptoninn.com, Quality Inn and Suites: 814-723-3050


Kinzua Tailwaters Boat Ramp, Warren, PA
Powerhouse Dr
Warren, PA 16365 United States
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