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36th Annual New River Canoe Race and Family Float Hits the High Country on Saturday, June 3

The 36th Annual New River Canoe Race will take place on Saturday, June 3rd, 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.

The Ashe Country tradition is sponsored by Friends of High Country State Parks

Gates open at 8:30 a.m. 
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 (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. Click HERE to visit Zaloo’s website.

This is a family friendly event with options to enter as a “Family Float”–which is $25 and allows up to five family members in a boat–, “Novice”, “Expert”, or “Championship” cateogry. The “Special” category is for those with any special needs or for elders. 

If you’re a beginner, the average time to complete the race is 60 minutes, but more skilled paddlers can complete it in less than 45 minutes. The course ends at Naw River State Park, Wagoner Access. 
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.

You will be automatically entered to win a door prize with your registration! 
Save time the day of the race and register HERE.
For more information call race coordinator Dave Walker at 336-675-2413.