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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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Raffle Tickets $5 or 5 for $20

Raffle Prizes 

Lake Ashtabula Canvas Print

S'mores Caddy 

2 - $250 Scheels Gift Cards

4 - $25 Epworths Gift Cards

$100 Appliance City Gift Card 

Valley Meat Gift Card 

3 - Adult Kayaks

Kayak Cooler

Inflatable Kayak

Hand-Crafted Paddle



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 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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