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Riverfest 2023 Weather Changes!
Craft and Vendor show moved to Valley City Rec Center
140 4th st Sw
Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 PM

RiverFest kayak and canoe festaval has been moved to
Sunday August 6th, 2023
Registration: 8:30 - 10:00 am
Launch: 10:00 am at National Fish Hatchery

Image by Bradley Brister
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The Sheyenne River Valley's Largest Watercraft Festival

Sheyenne RiverFest is the area's largest watercraft festival and brings over 120 paddlers from more than four states to Valley City. Focused on creating a community for paddlers, this event features a watercraft launch, a scenic float down the Sheyenne River, and booths, games, and classes at Chautauqua Park to end the day. This year, we are featuring a brand new coordinated craft and vendor show at Chautauqua Park! You don't want to miss this!


Single ..................... $20.00

Includes one t-shirt and one raffle ticket.

Household ............. $50.00

Households with a maximum of 2 adults and a maximum of six members. Includes two t-shirts and two raffle tickets.

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𝓡𝓲𝓿𝓮𝓻𝓕𝓮𝓼𝓽 𝓠 & 𝓐

𝙌: 𝙒𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙞𝙨 𝙍𝙞𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙁𝙚𝙨𝙩?

A: RiverFest is a water paddle festival that happens every August. Canoe or kayak on the beautiful Sheyenne River, enjoy games, and shop at the Craft and Vendor Show at Chautauqua Park! 

𝙌: 𝙒𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝙙𝙤 𝙬𝙚 𝙡𝙖𝙪𝙣𝙘𝙝 𝙛𝙧𝙤𝙢?

A: There are two launch sites for Riverfest. 1. National Fish Hatchery north of Valley City 2. Fort Ransom State Park. You can choose which launch site you would like to launch from.

𝐐: 𝐀𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐤𝐚𝐲𝐚𝐤𝐬/𝐜𝐚𝐧𝐨𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐯𝐚𝐢𝐥𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐭/𝐭𝐨 𝐮𝐬𝐞?

A: There are a limited amount of kayaks and canoes available to use. There are 6 single kayaks and 2 double kayaks from the Valley City Parks and Recreation available to rent. (Kayaks are located at Bjornson Golf Course and must be transported to desired launch site). All canoes and kayaks are on a first come first serve basis.

𝙌: How does the shuttle work?


  • The shuttle will run from 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

  • You will drop your kayak off at the National Fish Hatchery (the launch point). There will be volunteers there to help unload and carry them to a designated holding area.

  • You will leave your kayak at the launch point (kayak will be supervised by RiverFest staff) and drive to Chautauqua Park to park.

  • Park your vehicle (and trailers) at Chautauqua Park. There will be volunteers directing parking. This will allow you to have your vehicle at the end of the float for easy access.

  • There will be a shuttle pickup location in the loop by the fishing dock marked with a black folding sign saying "Shuttle". The shuttle will pick you up there.

  • The shuttle will drop you back off at the launch point at the National Fish Hatchery.

  • If you plan to kayak back to the launch point, there will be some parking opportunities at the NFH.

  • Please note, there will not be a shuttle running after the float.

𝙌: 𝙃𝙤𝙬 𝙢𝙪𝙘𝙝 𝙙𝙤𝙚𝙨 𝙞𝙩 𝙘𝙤𝙨𝙩 𝙩𝙤 𝙧𝙚𝙜𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙚𝙧?

A: There are two types of registration: Single and Household. Single Registration is $20 and each participant will receive a T-shirt and raffle ticket for our Riverfest raffle drawing. A Household registration is $50 (with up to 6 members and maximum of 2 adults) and will receive two t-shirts and two raffle tickets.

𝙌: 𝙃𝙤𝙬 𝙙𝙤 𝙄 𝙧𝙚𝙜𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙚𝙧 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙍𝙞𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙛𝙚𝙨𝙩?

A: Registration can be found online at There are also physical copies of registration at the Rosebud Visitor Center in Valley City or you can register day of (may not be guaranteed t-shirt size).

𝙌: 𝘾𝙖𝙣 𝙄 𝙟𝙪𝙨𝙩 𝙗𝙪𝙮 𝙧𝙖𝙛𝙛𝙡𝙚 𝙩𝙞𝙘𝙠𝙚𝙩𝙨?

A: Yes! There are raffle tickets being sold at the Rosebud Visitor Center, Gaukler Family Wellness Center, Bjornson Golf Course Pro Shop, Prairie Frame Shop, and Fort Ransom State Park. Raffle tickets are $5 each or a book of 5 for $20. 

Have more questions? Call 701-845-3294.

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