The 2022 race will take place on Saturday, April 23rd. Stay tuned for updates on our Facebook and Instagram pages!

2pm to 2:30pm Racer Registration. Look for the registration table by usual take out, adjacent to the river.

2:30 pm: Volunteer and safety staff meeting
2:45 pm: Racer meeting. Must be present to receive a racer bib.
3:30 pm: First racer launches.
7:30pm Awards ceremony and post race part at Billy’s Bar 3502 W Tischer Road, Duluth, MN about 5 minutes from the Lester River.

Attention: We will post river levels and important updates on our social media pages.

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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