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39th Annual New River Canoe Race

Zaloo's Canoes, 3874 NC-16 S, Jefferson, NC 28640

Date: 06/01/2019 - 06/01/2019
Starts: 9 am
Ends: 5 pm

The 39th Annual New River Canoe Race will take place on June 1st, 9 am.  All proceeds  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  and travel five miles to the Wagoner Road Access of the New River State Park. This route is calm with no white water.


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 $15 per person, $5 for children, and $25 for family float (up to 6 people) for a single race. Every additional race is $5. Registration includes a FREE T-shirt and entry for a door prize.

Enter with a Canoe or a Kayak. Bring your own boat or rent one at a discounted price from Zaloo's Canoes. Zaloo's will provide free shuttles. 

This is a family friendly event with options to enter as a "Family Float", “Novice”, “Expert”, or “Championship” cateogry. The “Special” category is for those with any special needs.

Music, free food samples, tubing, swimming, or hiking can all be found at New River State Park until the 3pm Awards Ceremony. You do not have to race to enjoy these fun activities! Food from local food trucks will be available.

Ongoing information can be accessed on Facebook by “liking” New River Canoe Race sponsored by Friends of High Country State Parks.