River Races


The Main Events at RiverFest – even in this low-flow year!

Everyone who comes to the Ridgway RiverFest has a chance to get WET and enjoy the river. You can wade in the eddy and along the riverbanks or play on your watercraft in the middle of the river. For those who are more competitive, we have a few river races you can join.

Junk of the Unc

Thrills and spills await brave boaters as they maneuver their junk craft through the Uncompahgre River at Rollans Park toward the finish line, about 100 feet downstream.  Winners must cross the line with most of their junk intact. Get tips and lots of information on what it takes to compete in this wacky race on the Junk of the Unc page.

Return of the Radical Rubber Ducky Races

Every festival-goer who signs up in 2018 will get a free entry into the Rubber Ducky Race. Additional ducky entries will be on sale at the RiverFest Survey Booth. Reserve your Ducky for a chance to win big prizes! Prizes announced on June 26!

CHANGE FOR 2018: Relay Race in park replaces downstream Races

Please still bring your Stand Up Paddle Board Race, Kayaks, and Inner tubes to Rollans Park on Saturday, June 30 morning.

For this year’s RiverFest, due to historic low flows in the Uncompahgre Watershed, we are changing up the race format a bit. Instead of a 3-mile race down to the Ridgway Reservoir, we will have relay races in the Rollans Park section of the Uncompahgre River. More details to come by June 26. Please email Tanya if you have questions: ridgwayriverfest@gmail.com.

Sorry, rafts and canoes probably can’t maneuver well this year so are not recommended to be on the river (unless you want to do some carrying and are OK with the bottom scraping the rocks on the riverbottom). We HIGHLY recommend inner tubes this year!

NEW for 2018 – Safety Rope Bag Toss Contest

It’s going to be FUN! More details coming soon.


Race Registration

Racers register at the UWP Booth on the day of RiverFest, between 9 and 10:15 a.m. in Rollans Park, Ridgway, Colorado.


$20 for 1 race

$30 for multiple races

$5 for each additional boat member

FREE for festival sponsors ($100 or higher sponsorship levels)


Watercraft, PFD, Helmet, Appropriate Footwear, Registration Fee (All required to enter the race, and most recommended for non-racers playing in he river)


Get a FREE t-shirt when you turn in your race bib

$10 for each additional t-shirt (discounted from $15)

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