Event Info

This year’s event will be held on Saturday, July 30th and Sunday, July 31st at the Outpost in Thomson, MN. Located next to the Thomson Dam on the St. Louis River, off of highway 210.

Saturday, July 29th

10:00am to 12:00pm Racer Check In.

12:30pm Race Safety Staff Meeting

12:45pm Racer Meeting

1:00pm Boaters head to Start

1:15pm First Kayaker launches

4:00pm Slot Machine Showcase Showdown

6:00pm Grill Out and Awards

Blast to the Bridge: Watch expert kayakers navigate class III to IV+ rapids as they race down the lower St. Louis River to the Swinging Bridge in Jay Cooke St. Park. Best time wins! Racers can register here.

Slot Machine Showcase Showdown: A narrow falls that can be tricky to negotiate without getting stuck in the bottom. Watch as expert paddlers take a gamble by either beating the odds and clearing the base of the falls or letting the house win by getting stuck.

Sunday, July 30th

10:00am to 1:00pm Team Rafting Check In.

1pm Race Safety Staff Meeting

1:15pm Team Rafting Meeting

1:30pm 1st Heat Launches

2:15 pm Second Heat

3:00 pm Third Heat

3:45 pm Fourth heat

4:30pm Awards to Team Rafting winner

Team Freestyle Rafting Event: Get your team of four together. An experienced paddler appointed to you by the event Safety Team will steer your raft as you work together to obtain eddies, ferries, peel outs, and surf your way to points on the lower St. Louis River.

 Raft team with the most points wins. Sign up now!

 Swiftwater Adventures will be supplying the rafts and equipment and some of the guides for the Team rafting, the other guides will come from a pool of experienced paddlers appointed by the event committee. Some experienced paddlers will be bringing their own raft and teams.

Everyone must register to race.

Blast to the Bridge

Expert whitewater kayakers race down the lower St. Louis River. The race begins at the ‘Tongue Drop’ and then through class III – IV+ rapids to the Swinging Bridge in Jay Cooke St. Park. Beginning with start whistle, a racer will leave every minute. Best time wins.

This race is for Experts only. If you can’t confidently run the ‘Octopus Rapid’ then this is not the race for you. ‘Expert’ status will determined by our Safety Team. Paddlers must be competent class IV-V boaters and have a minimum of 2 years experience paddling rivers of the class IV-V range in difficulty.

Entry Fee is $15 for ACA members and $20 for nonmembers.

Team Rafting Slalom Event

Get your paddling team of four together. Whether it’s your office or work colleagues, friends, family, or just some random people this is a great team building experience. A Raft Captain will be appointed to each rafting team selected by the event Safety Team.

Your team of four, plus your Raft Captain in back steering you, will paddle through a series of gates in the race course section of the river, just below the Thomson Dam.

There will be two heats. Best combined time wins!

Entry Fee is $15 for ACA members and $20 for nonmembers.

Slot Machine Showcase Showdown

The Slot Machine is a narrow falls that can be tricky to negotiate without getting stuck in the bottom. Expert paddlers will take a gamble and either beat the odds by clearing the base of the falls or get stuck and lose (the house wins).

All participants must be an expert paddler and sign a waiver before entering the Slot Machine Showcase Showdown.