The race will take place Saturday, April 28th at 3 pm.

Registration for racers opens from 12:30 pm to 2 pm. Look for registration table by take out, adjacent to the river.

2:00 pm: Volunteer and safety staff meeting
2:15 pm Racer meeting. Must be present to receive racer bib.
3:00 pm first racer launches

Attention: We will post river levels on our social media pages. On Friday night the 27th we will make final confirmation of race based on water levels.

In the event the levels drop to too low of a level to race we will move the race to the Lower St. Louis River in late May of 2018.

We would like to thank all of our volunteers, racers, and spectators who make this event a great success.

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Held each spring to coincide with the start of the snowmelt runoff, the Lester River Race marks the unofficial start to the whitewater kayak season along Minnesota’s North Shore, drawing expert kayakers from across the US.  Uniquely situated within the city limits of Duluth on the Lester River as it flows through Lester Park, the race provides excellent access for fans to watch this world-class whitewater event.

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