Whitewater Derby History
The Hudson River Whitewater Derby, begun in 1958 celebrates the Logging Industry and many years of river driving that utilized the Hudson as the highway to the mills in Glens Falls. The Hudson River Whitewater Derby, the nationally known canoe competition originated in North Creek in 1958 by the Johnsburg Fish and Game Club, started as a one-day eight-mile downriver race. There were 25 craft on the river representing 44 entrants. The Slalom Race was added in 1959 making the Derby a two-day event. 2019 is the 62nd Year!
Info For Racers, Spectators
The Whitewater Derby is a fun-filled weekend, always the first full weekend in May. Racers challenge the rapids on Saturday (11 AM start) with Slalom racing in the Upper Hudson River along Rt. 28 in North River. Shortly after the Slalom races (app 2 PM), the Not-So-Wild race (great for beginners!) begins further downstream of the Slalom racing. On Sunday racers challenge the Hudson in the downriver race – 7 miles from North Creek to Riparius – start time is 11 AM. Many spectators walk upstream from Riparius and view the racers as they negotiate the Spruce Mt. rapids. Derby Website
Lodging, Food, Drinks
The North Creek area has a wide range of accommodations ranging from glamping (luxury camping), full service hotels and resorts, motels, hostels, and bed and breakfast lodging. In addition there are many AirBNB and VRBO private short term rentals. Full service camping is available near Indian Lake and informal camping is available near 13th Lake in North River. Dining choices range from simple pub fare to full service and award wining dining. Apres recreation is always fun! Enjoy Becks, Basil and Wicks, The Pub at Garnet Hill and The Barking Spider.
Whitewater Derby Locations – Click on a Map Icon
Hudson River Whitewater Derby, Slalom Races
Whitewater Derby Registration for Saturday, May 5, And Slalom Races
Downriver Race Registration and Start
Riverfront Park in North Creek
Downriver Race Finish Line
Downriver Race Finish The Riparius Bridge – Head upstream for good viewing!
Not-So-Whitewater Race Start
The Not-So-Whitewater and Corporate Challenge Race Start