River Races


Rubber Ducky Race

More information on the 2022 Rubber Ducky Race coming soon, including prizes, time, and entry methods. Rubber Ducky entries will be one for $10 and three for $20.

The Main Events at RiverFest

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.

The winners of the Junk of the Unc and Inflatables Bonanza win a prized RiverFest award, handcrafted by a Ridgway artist.

Updated information will be available by early June 2022, but due to weekly and daily changes in river conditions, final race details can be decided on race day only.

2022 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. During low flows, Junk competitors should plan for the possibility of carrying their craft through the low water to get to the end of the course! Get tips and lots of information on what it takes to compete in this wacky race on the Junk of the Unc page.

Alpacka Sawyer Paddle

2022 River Races

Typically during June, we can have three race categories: Hard shell (kayaks and canoes), Inflatables (rafts, inflatable kayaks, and inner tubes), and Stand Up Paddle Boards. Groups and individuals compete against each other in each category. More information coming in late May or early June 2022.

More River Activities!

Safety Bag Toss, Skipping Rocks, What Else? We don’t know yet but we hope you’ll join us to play in the water on June 25.


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.

REGISTRATION FEES for the Boat Races and Junk of the Unc:

$20 for 1 race

$30 for multiple races

$5 for each additional boat member

FREE for festival sponsors ($250 or higher sponsorship levels)


Racers are required to bring their own Watercraft, PFD, Helmet, and Appropriate Footwear, plus Registration Fee


Get a FREE festival shirt when you turn in your race bib

$15 for each additional t-shirt (discounted from $25)

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