2021 Aluminum Nationals – Poplar Bluff, MO

Update June 23, 2020 : Due to all the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, we have decided to postpone the USCA Aluminum Nationals in Poplar Bluff, MO until 2021. The date to be determined.


The 2021 USCA Aluminum Nationals will be held in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. Date to be determined. It will be a 19 mile downstream course on the Black River, starting 10 miles north of Poplar Bluff at Hendrickson Boat Ramp. The finish line will be at Sportman’s Park in Poplar Bluff (N. Riverside Drive off Highway 60/E. Pine Street).

Saturday will be the Men’s Open (18-49), Men’s Masters (50 +), Women’s Open (18-49) and Women’s Masters (50+). We will also have a Juniors Race; the course will be determined at a later date.  Sunday will be Mixed Open (18-49) and Mixed Masters (50+). We will also have a Solo Race. It will be any hull type with single or double blades. There will be Men’s and Women’s Classes, no age brackets. Awards will be 5 deep. All races will start promptly at 9:00, except the Juniors and Youths Race which will be announced later. It will be a shortened portion of the Nationals Course. Event fees to be announced later.

Mail in registration form will be available soon.

Current USCA membership is required to race in the USCA Aluminum Nationals Races (not the Solo Race). To join electronically, go to www.uscanoe.com, click the JOIN USCA button and chose how you want to join. Deadline to receive online or mailed applications is September 1st. You may also join day of race. (Cash or check only). Membership is $20 for individual, $25 for family.

Poplar Bluff is located 56 miles from Cape Girardeau (CGI) Airport and 138 miles from St. Louis (STL) Airport. There are numerous hotels in the immediate area. Race host recommended hotels will be listed later.

Campgrounds in the area are –

US Forest Service Ranger Station Campground, 1420 Maud Street, Poplar Bluff, MO 63901, 573-785-1475

Bullwinkle Rustic Lodge, 399 Hwy T, Poplar Bluff, MO 63901, http://bullwinklerusticmotel.com/lodge

Camelot RV Campground, 100 Camelot Drive, Poplar Bluff, MO 63901, 573-785-1016. http://www.camelotrvcampground.com , 76 sites

If you need any info, please contact Doug Pennington, 573-785-0431, penncanoe@hotmail.com