Whitewater experts will be hitting the Hudson this weekend for the 60th Annual Hudson River Whitewater Derby. Whether you are a seasoned navigator of the fast, springtime whitewater or a spectator, this weekend’s derby promises to be an exciting competition with three separate races.
At 60 years old, Hudson River Whitewater Derby is the longest-running event of its kind in the entire nation! Not only is the talent and sportsmanship at the derby absolutely brilliant, but the event itself is incredibly inspiring in its longevity and growth. The derby started as a one-day, 8-mile downriver race in 1958. Now it is a two-day event with multiple races and hundreds of entrants.
The Hudson river is home to Class III, IV, and V rapids, and the fast spring water from rains and snow melt make for an exciting and challenging course. This year, two races will run on Saturday, the Slalom Races and the Not-So-Whitewater Race. Sunday will be the Whitewater Derby Downriver Race, which is always a fast-paced, thrilling ride!
What to Do After the Whitewater Derby
After you’ve celebrated the derby’s incredible 60 years (or your own victory), check out these 5 things to do in the area after the Whitewater Derby. From dining and lodging, to attractions, there’s still plenty to do even after the races are over!
- Book a room for an overnight to make sure you don’t miss any of the races at one of these fantastic North Creek hotels.
- Stick around for the Derby afterparty music, prizes, and awards on Saturday night.
- Visit one of the many incredible Adirondack restaurants for a relaxing dinner while you and your friends/family relive the excitement of the day.
- Take a break from the water to visit the North Creek Depot Museum or explore the North Creek Mosaic Project.
- Keep the momentum going and spend time at Fort Ticonderoga. The fort opens for the season on May 6 and is only an hour east of the derby!