Frequently Asked Questions
- I don't have a boat. Where can I rent one?
- When do I need to launch?
- When do I need to be at the end?
- Where can I see a schedule for the day?
- Where do I pick up my packet?
- How do I get back to my car/boat?
- Is there camping available?
- Do I have to use a canoe or kayak?
- Do I need a registration sticker for my canoe or kayak?
- Should I lock-through or portage?
- Is there an age restriction?
- How can I get a poster from last year?
- Can I get a refund?
- I can't go. Can I transfer my ticket to a friend?
- Why do I have to pay the registration fee?
I don't have a boat. Where can I rent one?
There are a number of outfitters which can supply you with a boat. Check out the list here!
When do I need to launch?
The earlier you can launch, the better off you will be. Every year paddlers miscalculate the amount of time it will take them to get to Lake Potter. These paddlers are often upset when they miss the flotilla group picture at 2:30. These are the latest time you should launch from each location:
- Empire Park - No later than 8:30 am
- Ben Butterworth Pkwy - No later than 9:00 am
- Main St - No later than 12:00 pm
- Marquette St - No later than 12:00 pm
- Credit Island - No later than 1:00 pm
When do I need to be at the end?
The group flotilla picture is at Lake Potter at 2:30 pm, so you should plan to be at the lake no later than 2:00. There are events at Lake Potter before and after the photo as well.
Where can I see a schedule for the day?
There isn't a set schedule for the day. The suggested launch times are listed above. The group flotilla picture is at Lake Potter at 2:30 pm. All other events are ongoing throughout the day.
Where do I pick up my packet?
Packet pick-up is Friday, August 18th, from 5:00 - 7:00 pm at the Credit Island Lodge, 2200 W River Dr, Davenport, IA. You may also pick up your packet on Saturday at the launch site you specified in your registration.
How do I get back to my car/boat?
There is a shuttle system in place to transport paddlers back to their cars. If you launched from Credit Island, Marquette Street, or Main Street you must paddle back to Credit Island to make use of the shuttle. The shuttle will pick you up and shuttle you back to your parking lot. While this is happening you will leave your vessel in the park, where we have a designated area that is guarded. You will have a band on your boat and a matching band on your arm. You can then drive your vehicle back to your boat to claim it. See the schedule below for more information:
Tri-City Blacktop to Sunset Marina:
- Two school buses running from 9:30 am until 4:00 pm.
East Moline Metals Parking Lot to Ben Butterworth Parkway:
- Two school buses running from 7:00 am until 9:30 am.
Sunset Marina to Ben Butterworth Parking Lot, East Moline Metals Parking Lot, and Empire Park:
- Seven school buses running from 2:30 pm until 4:30 pm.
Credit Island to Marquette Street Parking and Main Street parking:
- One school bus running from 2:30 pm until 4:30 pm.
Sunset Marina to Tri-City Blacktop:
- Two school buses running from 2:30 pm until 4:00 pm.
Is there camping available?
Camping is available Friday and Saturday on Credit Island. You can register for a camp site by sending in your registration form, filling out the form online, or at packet pickup on Friday. There is plenty of camping area on Credit Island. You will need to bring your own tent and camping supplies. The camping fee is donated to the non-profit organization, Friends of Credit Island, which protects and preserves Credit Island.
Do I have to use a canoe or kayak?
The Guinness World Record specifies only kayaks and canoes with hard sides count toward the record. However, if you don't want to be a part of the flotilla and are just looking to participate in the event, you can feel free to use another vessel.
Do I need a registration sticker for my canoe or kayak?
The need for a registration sticker is waived for Floatzilla. Visit the Department of Natural Resources pages for more information: Iowa DNR; Illinois DNR
Should I lock-through or portage?
There are volunteers to help portage over Sylvan Island. There are also safety boats and volunteers on the water to help anyone who may need them. Either is a fine way to go!
Is there an age restriction?
There is no age restriction. However, we suggest anyone under age 12 be in a boat with a parent or guardian. We recommend those with small children consider to put in at Lake Potter. Everyone must wear a Coast Guard approved personal flotation device.
How can I get a poster from last year?
Posters from last year are available at the River Action office for $5. You may also request to have them mailed to you for an additional cost. Call (563) 322-2969 for details.
Can I get a refund?
We cannot offer refunds under any circumstances. However, you can request to have your t-shirt, stickers, and other memorabilia mailed to you. Also, consider transferring your ticket to a friend.
I can't go. Can I transfer my ticket to a friend?
Yes, you may. Your friend will need to fill out a waiver at packet pickup. Please let us know who will be taking your place so we can plan ahead. Otherwise, your friend will need to give us your name at packet pickup.
Why do I have to pay the registration fee?
River Action is a nonprofit organization that “strives to foster the environmental, economic, and cultural vitality of the Mississippi River and its riverfront in the Quad Cities region”. We work with 15 communities along both sides of the river including: Buffalo, Davenport, Bettendorf, Riverdale, LeClaire, Princeton, Rock Island, Moline, East Moline, Silvis, Carbon Cliff, Hampton, Rapids City, Port Byron, and Cordova.
With money raised through our events River Action has accomplished such things as: the lighting of the Centennial Bridge, the Quad City Water Taxi (Channel Cat), the QC RiverWay Design Principles, and the QC Waterfront Master Plan. Our RiverWay program, which started in 1996, encompasses wayfinding and the building of kiosks, gateways, historic markers, and mile markers, construction of ten community built art projects, assistance in the development of riverfront parks, restoration of wetlands, writing of the Nahant Marsh Master Plan, and the start of the education program at the marsh. Our Retain the Rain projects demonstrate and educate citizens about effective techniques for reducing storm water runoff. These installations include: green roofs, permeable parking surfaces, native plantings in all of the communities, rain barrels, rain gardens, and bio swales. The QC Watershed Plans for the Rock River and Duck Creek were written in 2008 and adopted by the cities and counties for implementation. With funds from IL EPA and IA Department of Agriculture, many of the improvements outlined in the plan have been completed by River Action. We are currently spearheading improvements to Green Valley park in Moline, IL, and the Hennepin Canal Park in Milan, IL, as well as an area Bike Share program.
The money we raise through River Action events: Explore the River Summer Education Series – Channel Cat Talks and Riverine Walks, Ride the River Father’s Day Bicycle Ride, FLOATZILLA Canoe & Kayak Floatilla, Senior Citizen Riverfront Golf Cart Tour, Taming of the Slough, and the Upper Mississippi River Conference, all help us to fund the many projects we oversee, run our day to day operations, and pay our staff of six.
We had $35,000 in expenses for the 2015 Floatzilla event:
They included: advertising, t-shirts for paddlers and volunteers, portable toilets, tent rentals, bus shuttles to all launch sites, insurance, printing, police and security, registration packets, wayfinding signage, registration bands, parking site prep, city fees for Sunset Park, table and chair rentals for vendors, seating for the public, and a tradeshow.
Floatzilla is much more than an attempt to break the world record, although that is something we would love to accomplish with your help. We hope you can see how your entry fee fits into our goal of educating the public about the Mississippi River.