The Annual New River Canoe Race will take place on June 7th, 9 am. All proceed go to support Friends of High Country State Parks’ mission to support our state parks.
The event will begin at Zaloo’s Canoes in Jefferson, NC five miles to the Wagoner Road Access of the New River State Park.
Boats can enter the water from 9 am to 1:30 pm.
Please note boats with children need to be in no later than 1 pm.
Registration is $10 per person, $5 for children and $25 for family float for a single race and $5 for every additional race. Registration includes a FREE T-shirt and entry for a door prize. Click here to download a 2014 Registration Form.
Enter with a Canoe or a Kayak. Bring your own boat or rent one at a discounted price from Zaloos Canoes.
Family friendly event with options to enter as a “Novice” “Expert” or “Championship Category”. “Special” category for those with any special needs.
Music, free food samples, tubing activity, swimming or hiking can all be found at New River State Park until the 3pm Awards Ceremony.
Vegeterian fare will be available for purchase from the Vitality Food Truck.
Ongoing information can be accessed on Facebook by “liking” New River Canoe Race sponsored by Friends of High Country State Parks.
Thank you to Zaloo’s Canoes of Jefferson, NC for hosting the starting point of the race, providing free shuttles, and providing discounted boat rentals for race participants. This race would not have survived for over three decades without the support of Zaloo’s!
All day at New River State Park’s Wagoner Rd. Access, you will find outdoor classroom programing, food, music, door prizes, an amazing raffle, and more fun for the whole family!
Here’s the fine print . . .
1. No one under age 12 may participate unless partnered with or accompanied by parent or legal guardian.
2. Each participant must pay an appropriate entry fee.
3. All paddlers must wear life jackets.
4. Boats will be limited to start times which occur in one minute intervals.
5. All paddlers must stay on the race course.
6. Any Junior Class, Junior/Senior class or any boat that has participants under the age of 16 must start before 1:00 PM. All other boats must start by 1:30pm.
7. All racers must cross the finish line no later than 3:00pm.
8. Passing: it is up to the overtaking boat to overtake and alter its course. The slower boat should maintain its course and not veer into the course of the overtaking boat.
9. Good Samaritan Rule: Paddlers who stop to provide assistance to other paddlers in distress may choose to return to the start line and begin again.
10. “Novice Racer” is defined as any party that has not won, placed or shown in ANY previous canoe race in the past 10 years.
11. If one team member qualifies as “Expert”, the team may not enter in a novice race class.
12. “Junior Class” is solely for participants ages 12 – 15 years old.
13. No solo paddlers under the age of 12.
14. Family Float: no more than five (5) persons in a boat.
15. The New River Canoe Race Committee reserves the right to recommend participants to the “Special Class”.
16. The New River Canoe Race Committee reserves the right to disqualify any boat that does not meet the following measurements: a) Novice/Expert – Standard hull measurements of up to 18’6” in length or less than 32” at the four inch water line. b) Championship Class – All must meet USCA competition cruiser specification as follows: Maximum length is 18’6” (minimum width shall be 14 3/8” % of the length) at the four inch water line, measured within 12” fore or aft of the center of the boat.
17. Single Blade Paddles are required for canoes and Double Blade Paddles are required for kayaks.
18. The New River Canoe Race committee’s decision is final on any question or matter of dispute.
19. The New River Canoe Race Committee reserves the right to cancel the race.
20. Recreational kayaks are classified as up to 12’ long. Any kayak over 12’ long is classified as a Long Boat. Boats with rudders are classified in the Long Boats category also. New River Canoe Race Rules