This event is generally held the first weekend in May. Check back for the 2020 date!
The Hudson River Whitewater Derby, the longest-running canoe competition in the country, began in 1958. This North Creek classic started by the Johnsburg Fish and Game Club is the most exhilarating spring event in the Lake George Area! Grab your paddle, canoe or kayak and join us in celebrating over 60 years of springtime Adirondack fun!
The fun begins on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. with the slalom races, followed by the easier Not-So-Whitewater race. The slalom races include the Novice Slalom and the Giant Slalom. The Not-So-Whitewater Race, for beginner to intermediate-level paddlers, follows immediately after the slalom races. Saturday and Sunday registration and packet pick-up is at 9 a.m.
On Saturday, a party, music, prizes, and awards follows the races at Basil & Wick's in North Creek. This is a tradition on its own!
Sunday is the Whitewater Derby Downriver Race, beginning at 11 a.m. with awards being presented at the finish line in Riparius.
Spectators love the Hudson River Whitewater Derby! Pack a picnic lunch and whatever you need for an awesome tailgate. Park along the river on Route 28 in North River and wait for the racers to scream past. On Sunday, the bridge in Riparius is the finish line for the Downriver Race. Either wait for the racers on the bridge or hike up the railroad to the Spruce Mountain rapids for some whitewater thrills.