42º 13’06”N 70º 47’16”W

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42º 13’06”N 70º 47’16”W

Come join us on the tidal North River and experience one of the most beautiful rivers in Massachusetts. This awesome 7.5 mile paddle race starts at Bridge Street Canoe Launch in Norwell and ends at Indian Head Road in Hanover. Click here to see race map.

Get competitive and race your friends, or take it at your pace and enjoy this outstanding view of the river. All skill levels, from novice to racer, are invited to take part in the race and all ages are welcome (Participants age 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult). Paddlers should be able to complete the race course in under 3 hours as the tide will turn. Any type of non-motorized water craft is eligible to enter the race – even stand-up paddle boards! There is also the “Best Decorated Boat or Boater” division for the less serious, but creative paddler.

Funds raised through the Great River Race support the NSRWA’s environmental education and outdoor programs. Our programs are the perfect way for children and adults to fall in love with and protect local natural treasures, especially our waters. Help us to get 2,500 children and adults outdoors to explore nature and have an experience they’ll never forget!

This year’s Great River Race is $55 for the first participant per craft if preregistered by Friday, August 16 at 12:00 noon. Day of registration will be $65 for the first participant per craft. Each additional participant on the same craft is $10. FundRacers race FREE when they raise $150 or more. Each registration includes the collectible Great River Race T-shirt. Additional T-shirts will be available for purchase. In the event of a severe weather cancellation there will be no rain date or refund, you will receive your collectible event T-shirt, and the registration fee will be a donation to support environmental education. All participants (including minors under 14 years of age) must have a signed waiver to participate in the race. The waiver is in the registration form.


Make a Donation to Support Our Environmental Education and Outdoor Program

Become a Corporate Sponsor

Racers get:

  • A FREE ice cream coupon for JC’s Ice Cream in Hanover ($4 Value)
  • A custom collectible 2024 Great River Race T-shirt
  • A FREE beer from IndieFerm for those participants over 21 years of age.
  • Free admission to the afterparty on August 18 including food, ice cream, games, and more!


August 18
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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North River
Bridge St Norwell Town Ramp
Norwell, 02045
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