The Fort to Field 50 Paddle Battle is a 50-mile paddling adventure and competition. It pits kayak and canoe enthusiasts against all the wild, windy aspects of an amazing and remote stretch of South Dakota’s most scenic river. It’s open to all paddled craft.
The course is set on a beautiful segment of the Missouri National Recreation River, a lesser-known jewel in America's Midwest.
The vivid vistas along this National Wild and Scenic River and its at-times-challenging wind and water make the Paddle Battle’s possibilities endless: For some, it’s a test of determination. For others, it's an enjoyable day on the river. Here the Missouri is truly rural, wild and much like it was before the Pick-Sloane Plan led to the dams and reservoirs of the modern Missouri River.
The Fort to Field 50 takes its name from its start, the Fort Randall Dam, and its finish, Springfield, SD.
Racers have 14 hours to complete the course and its three checkpoints. All racers must start by 7:20 a.m. and finish by 9:30 p.m.
As a team, our primary goal is safety. A wide range of agencies are allied with us for utmost safe conditions. Our other goals include making the race approachable for participants of any skill level, sharing the grandeur and beauty of the Missouri National Recreational River with more paddlers and increasing awareness of this treasure.