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Lake Ellyn Cardboard Regatta June 29

Participants will race their handmade cardboard boats on beautiful Lake Ellyn. Winners are determined by the fastest race times! Awards will also be presented for most creative, team spirit, and best sink! Whether you are building a boat or just out to watch the fun, this family-friendly community event is a popular Glen Ellyn tradition. Food trucks, arranged by the Glen Ellyn Fourth of July Committee, will open at 11am. To register, visit Resident registration opens on March 17 at 10:00pm. Nonresident registration opens on April 1 at 8:30am.

Schedule of Events
Saturday, June 29
Location: Lake Ellyn Park, 645 Lenox Road, Glen Ellyn

  • 9am-10am: Boat Check-in & Inspections
  • 10am: Event Opens
  • 11am: Food Trucks Open
  • 12pm: Races Begin

Boat Building Information
All entries receive 20 sheets of corrugated cardboard to get started building their boats! The Park District will provide paddles. Kayak paddles will not be allowed. Pre-registration is required by June 28 at 12pm. The fee is $50 per boat.

  • Youth Category: Team of 8 youths or less (ages 9-17).
  • Family Category: Team of 8 participants or less. Each boat must have a balanced mixture of youths (age 9-17) and adults (age 18+).
  • Adult Category: Team of 8 adults or less (ages 18 & up).

Regatta Rules & General Information
View complete boat building rules (e.g. materials allowed/prohibited), cardboard pick-up information, day-of instructions, and more at or pick-up a copy at Main Street Recreation Center.



June 29


Lake Ellyn Park & Boathouse
645 Lenox Road
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137 United States
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(630) 858-2462

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