• Badger Lake Dragon Boat Bash, Kennedy Lake in Fort Dodge, Iowa.

The Badger Lake Dragon Boat Bash is one of the premier community events in Fort Dodge. The event is a fun filled, family friendly weekend that includes everything from a rock concert on the beach to the thrill of community teams competing in the centuries old Chinese sport of dragon boat racing. It’s the perfect mix of community building and team building, not to mention a ton of fun.

Join us for our 26th Year – Badger Lake Dragon Boat Bash, Aug 11th & 12th, 2023

We are thrilled to announce that Band K will be the headliner for this summer’s Bash.  Band K’s signature style has become synonymous with a diverse collection of classic rock and country.  We are excited to bring this talented trio of artists to our stage.

Band K (thebandk.com)

The Badger Lake Dragon Boat Bash is now one of the longest standing events in the Midwest. We are proud to celebrate our 26th year with the community, teams and participants that has made this distinction possible.


There are many opportunities for Volunteers to assist with the event.

  • Concessions
  • Merchandise Sales
  • Parking
  • Registration
  • Information Desk
  • Set-up/Clean-up
  • Starting line
  • Staging/Boat Loading
  • Finish Line/Timing
  • Runners/Results Board
  • Children’s Activities
  • Gates Staff

Most volunteer positions are needed in 4-hour shifts on Friday, & Saturday. Some shifts start earlier than others. We would love to include you: Volunteer Link

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The USDBF All Cancer Paddlers (ACP) subcommittee invites YOU to our annual webinar event: Coaches' Wisdom for the ACP Paddler.The event aims to bring ACPs together with an opportunity to hear from coach Annely Thorstad, USDBF Secretary and SRDBA Membership Director.Note that BCPs are also welcome to join.The webinar will be held April 23rd at 8pm ET, and will include an open Q&A session. Send your questions in advance to acpcommittee@usdbf.org!Zoom link: us02web.zoom.us/j/83861468143?pwd=eEZwKzgzbVBxcnRqTXE0STVBcTk2QT09Meeting ID: 838 6146 8143Passcode: 842925 Additionally, make sure to join our public Facebook group for ACP/BCP paddlers: www.facebook.com/groups/1215744941898022In the group, you can share info about local events, look for teams to paddle with when traveling, or just build community with other cancer survivor paddlers. When requesting to join, please mention your your team name. We look forward to seeing you on the 23rd! #dragonboat #dragonboats #usdragonboat #USDBF #ACP #allcancerpaddlers ... See MoreSee Less
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Silent Auction

The Badger Lake Dragon Boat Bash includes a silent auction beginning Friday night that benefits Trinity Regional Medical Center’s Cancer Center.  The auction closes at noon on Saturday.  The auction grows each year and one can expect to bid on a fabulous assortment of items and baskets donated by individuals and businesses from around the community.