If you've never been part of a kayak event that involved hundreds of kayaks and canoes gathering in one place to break a world record, now's your chance. The people who organize "Floatzilla" at River Action are looking for volunteers to help at this year’s Floatzilla event.

The 12th annual Floatzilla is set for August 21.

Let's back up a minute though. In case you don't know what really happens at this event, let's break it  down.

On August 21 paddlers will launch from five sites across the Quad Cities to take over the river for the day. River Action works with the US Coast Guard to close the river and have a team of safety boats on the water to make sure everyone makes it to Lake Potter in Rock Island, IL, safely.

At Lake Potter there are a selection of local food trucks and live music for participants to enjoy. At 2:30 everyone gathers at the center of the lake for a HUGE group photo. After the picture event organizers provide shuttles back to the launch sites.

Come out for a great time and help set a world record either by volunteering or by participating.

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Maybe you don't have a kayak or canoe? Check out this list of outfitters that serve Floatzilla.

These outfitters will meet up with you at a launch point with the boat, then wait at Sunset Park to pick it up after you finish paddling. Confirm your launch site and time with your outfitter as soon as possible. If changes need to be made they are easier to get done early. Find our list of outfitters HERE.

Volunteers are needed for parking and unloading and launching boats at the the following sites:

  • Leach Park, Bettendorf (Lock only) 7-11 a.m.
  • Bass Street YMCA (Portage only) 7-11 a.m.
  • Lindsay Park Yacht Club (Lock only) 8-12:00 a.m.
  • Marquette Street 9-11:30 a.m.
  • Credit Island 10am-1pm
  • Lake Potter 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

You can go their website to pick a position. For more information, call River Action at 563-322-2969. It's always a good time.

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