The 40th Annual New River Canoe Race and Family Float will be held Saturday, June 4th, in Jefferson, NC.

This Ashe County tradition is sponsored by generous donations from community sponsors. Proceeds from the race support the Friends of High Country State Parks. Whether you compete, float for fun, or just spectate, come enjoy a beautiful day on the banks of the New River! = Entry Fees & Registration = $15 per adult, per category $5 per child under 12 $5 each additional race category $25 Family Float (up to 6 people per boat) Bring your own canoe or kayak, or rent one from Zaloos for a discounted rate.

Zaloo’s also provides a free shuttle on the day of the race. Entry fees this year are CASH ONLY. There is NO PRE-REGISTRATION. Registration will take place on the day of the race. The first 200 registrants will receive a free t-shirt and be entered to win one of many fabulous door prizes that will be given at the 3pm awards ceremony. You must be present to win! Categories for competition include: NOVICE, EXPERT, and CHAMPIONSHIP, with a SPECIAL category for people who need special accommodations, and FAMILY FLOAT category for families with children. There are separate categories to distinguish canoes, recreational kayaks, and racing/sea kayaks.

 Gates open at 8:30am at Zaloo’s Canoes in Jefferson (336) 246-3066. Boats may enter the water from 9:00am-1:30pm. Boats with children must be launched by 1:00pm.

The race ends at New River State Park, Wagoner Access in Jefferson (336) 982-2587. The awards ceremony and door prize drawings will be held at 3:00 pm