What is Raft Up?

 Raft up, v. When two or more kayakers or canoeists paddle side by side and hold onto each other’s boats. Maneuver is accomplished to stabilize boats and prevent capsizing.

We’re stronger together!

Beginning on Saturday August 16th, through Sunday, August 17th, 2014, you are invited to Vashon Island, Washington to Raft  Up! This quirky, thoroughly Vashon event is intended to: (1) have fun; (2) celebrate the Island’s beauty and family fun; (3) raise critically needed support for Vashon Youth & Family Services, Vashon’s primary human services agency. Vashon Youth & Family Services helps Islanders raise thriving, resilient children and youth by fostering a community of emotionally healthy, resourceful families and individuals.


The current record-holding flotilla in Sutton’s Bay, Michigan.

Sutton’s Bay, Michigan holds the current world’s record for the most kayaks and canoes rafted up. In 2013, they organized a raft up of 2,099 boats on Sutton’s Bay.

But, in the past two years the record has been broken by other groups! That’s why we’re aiming to gather 2,500 boats, raise $70,000 for VYFS, and show the world that the Northwest is the canoe and kayak capital of the US!

Raft Up begins on August 16th, with camping and a music festival at the Open Space. Centrally located on the Island, the O-Space (as it is known) will be open at 2 p.m. for early campers and 4 p.m. for the festival. Approximately 200 camp sites will be available at the O-Space and even more at Vashon School District for Raft Up participants and their guests. Camping on Vashon is not something that happens often. We encourage Raft Up participants to come on Saturday and camp, to enjoy the music and food, and to avoid long ferry lines on the morning of Sunday, August 17th.

The fun starts early the next day, Sunday, August 17th, with a waterfront activities at Jensen Point, along the shores of Quartermaster Harbor. the record-breaking Raft Up attempt will take place at 1:30 p.m. on the 17th.