The LPBC paddling group is made up of competitive and recreational athletes, including kayakers, outrigger canoers and stand up paddleboarders. Check the website for events, schedule of group workouts and general updates.

If you have questions about paddling, or are interested in joining LPBC to compete in any of the above disciplines, please contact Richard Bograd, Paddling Director, at

Stand Up Paddling

Lincoln Park Boat Club’s unique location offers some of the best conditions for both recreational and competitive SUP paddlers in Chicago. We provide great opportunities to store your boards, fulfill your training needs, and a place to enjoy a remote location with spectacular scenery.

New for Summer 2016 - SUP Performance Classes

New for Summer 2016! This 3-week long SUP class meets twice weekly for two hours each time. The class is suitable for all skill levels. This class consists of two parts: The first part will be spent with a warm-up & functional fitness training on-land to improve strength and core stability. The remaining time will be spent on the water. Based on the student’s experience we will practice basic Stand-up Paddle Boarding skills, Stroke Technique and drills that will prepare you for your first short distance race. You will have the chance to try different types of Stand-up Paddle boards from recreational to race boards to explore the full spectrum of the sport. The number of students is limited to eight to provide focused instructions and a team oriented learning experience.

Find out more about SUP Performance

Short Distance SUP:

The lagoon is the most ideal location for short distance paddling in the city. With the course running one kilometer in each direction, a protected launch site, and calmer water conditions, most SUP paddlers find this to be a great spot to track their paddling distances.

Long Distance SUP:

The lagoon is great to launch from if you want to paddle long distance out to Lake Michigan. One of the best benefits of paddling at Lincoln Park Boat Club is the accessibility to our beautiful lakefront through Diversey Harbor. Enjoy the Chicago Skyline as well as many beaches in the city. Going south would bring you first to North Avenue Beach then Oak Street Beach and further Navy Pier. To the north you will come to Belmont Harbor, Montrose Harbor and Montrose Beach. Relatively low boat traffic near the launch site, but as you paddle out through Diversey Harbor, boat traffic can increase so please obey traffic lights before exiting and entering the harbor.

Competitive SUP:

The club has several competitive SUP members who frequently go out on the water and train for races together. Some of their favorite local races are listed on this website: Also, paddling in groups can provide you numerous opportunities to exchange experiences in training, workouts and races. There’s nothing more to say about bringing a competitive group together and leaning on each other for support. Joining Lincoln Park Boat Club gives you that possibility of getting to know and gain knowledge from experienced paddlers. We also provide the equipment that you need for more competitive training in Stand Up Paddling.

Special Events and Races:

Lincoln Park Boat Club is proud to host the SUP racing series which consists of 3 to 4 racing events from June to August with the Skyline SUP race as its highlight in corporation with the Windward Boardshop

Ocean Paddling

The Lagoon provides very easy access to the lakefront of Lake Michigan and is pretty much dedicated for paddling on big water. Besides spots for Stand Up Paddle Boards the boat house also provides space to store long boats as surfskis, sea kayaks and outrigger canoes. The amenities make it very convenient for you to use Lincoln Park Boat Club as your start and finish of a paddling journey.


Many paddlers of sea kayaks, surfski’s and outrigger canoes are making their way out from the boat house through the harbor to Lake Michigan to paddle with the view of the Chicago skyline on the south side and Montrose Beach or even further Gillson Park in Wilmette on the north side. With that spectacular scenery the Lake offers the best environment to do long distance paddles and gives great opportunities to surf as well. Many beaches provide spots to land and rest up before continuing the paddle.

In case Lake Michigan doesn’t offer any good conditions to paddle on the lakefront, the Lagoon has enough space to do some long distance paddling as well.


Lots of competitive paddlers are part of the club and will help you getting into and to love the sport. You’ll make new friends and gain more knowledge by exchanging racing and event experiences. Everybody is very supportive and also able to help out when you need something to prepare for a competition or just enjoying the sport even more. Group paddling events provide the motivation, the extra push and create a team atmosphere that makes you a better paddler..


Lincoln Park Boat Club has equipment which is capable of being used in high level competitions. There are high performance boats, paddles and life saving devices.


The very first race of this kind will be held in the lagoon in Lincoln Park on August 28th right in front of Chicago’s amazing skyline.

Race Info

Join us for a full day of racing and fun on the spectator friendly Lincoln Park Lagoon with the backdrop of the Chicago Skyline. Schedule includes a 6 Mile, 3 Mile and a 1 Mile Fun race and a SUP Yoga Class presented by ChicagoSUP and Lincoln Park Boat Club.

Join us for this better than ever 2016 race and get those late season Midwest Series points! We will have amazing prizes from our sponsors including Windward Boardshop, Whaleback Paddleboards and Morningbird Studio. Bring the whole family and let everyone experience what SUP in the Windy City is all about.

Board demos are available for everybody who is looking into getting a new board.

Boards can be rented for $15 per race. Limited availability so make sure you reserve a spot early. Start fee per race $30.

Register online at


09.30am – Start 6miles elite race

11.00am – Start 3miles recreational race

12.00pm – SUP Yoga / stroke clinic

01.30pm – Start first heat 1mile free fun race

03.00pm – rewards ceremony