61st Annual Hudson River White Water Derby

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Date(s) - 05/04/2019 - 05/05/2019
All Day

Hudson River White Water Derby


The Hudson River Whitewater Derby, begun in 1958 celebrates the Logging Industry and many years of river driving that utilized the Hudson as the highway to the mills in Glens Falls. The Hudson River Whitewater Derby, the nationally known canoe competition originated in North Creek in 1958 by the Johnsburg Fish and Game Club, started as a one-day eight-mile downriver race. There were 25 craft on the river representing 44 entrants.  The Slalom Race was added in 1959 making the Derby a two day event.  Recent additions include the Not-So-Wild Race and new for 2018 – High School/Prep School and College Challenge Team Racing and a Corporate Challenge incorporated into the Not-So-Wild-Race.

Spectators have the most fun!  Bring your best tailgating skills and have fun at the Whitewater Derby!  Pack a picnic lunch and bring some refreshments to toast the winners and losers alike.  For Saturday’s Slalom Races, spectators can get close to the action!  Just park along the river on Rt. 28 in North River and walk to the river bank for great race viewing!

On Sunday – The Riparius Bridge is the official finish line for the downriver race.  Spectators line the bridge to cheer on the racers!  Or take a hike up the railroad tracks to Spruce Mt. Rapids for whitewater thrills, chills and spills!

Click here for more information, registration forms and schedule.