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Tug Hill Region

RiverFest 2020

August 8th

Hosted By:
Lewis County Chamber of Commerce

Lewis County Soil & Water

Lewis County Recreation, Forestry & Parks


This years route:
Lyons Falls to Glenfield – 8.6 mi.
Midpoint at Burdick’s Crossing boat launch with exit from river.

If you are planning to attend RiverFest 2020, we encourage you to complete the PRE-REGISTER form below!

Each paddler must complete & sign BOTH the Chamber Release of Liability (CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD) and the appropriate Paddlesport Waiver (available day of the event).

Your entry fee of $10 goes towards the cost of event insurance (charged per person), purchase of trivia prize, the shuttle and restroom facilities.

Riverfest is an annual fundraising event held by the Lewis County Chamber of Commerce and typically is sponsored by local businesses. Participants paddle a section of the Black River and participate in a trivia contest on their way. Questions provided by Lewis County Soil & Water are on large pool floats that are positioned along the river. There is food available at the mid-point and if needed a shuttle is available in the morning so paddlers have their vehicles waiting for them at the end.


Staggered Start Times

Due to the ongoing regulations in place to combat COVID 19 we are asking that people sign up for specific start times to reduce the number of paddlers at registration as well as the number of people utilizing the shuttle at one time

Floaters Vs Paddlers

Everyone enjoys the Black River in different ways. if you are someone who prefers a leisurely float during Riverfest please note that we have opened the mid-point to start for you. If you choose to start at the beginning and are not at the mid-point by 11:30 you will need to depart there at that time.


We will still have the shuttle available from 7:30-10:30 to drop your vehicle off at the end of the route and take you to your boat at the start. However, due to covid regulations we highly suggest that if you have an alternative means of transportation you utilize that option. Also, please note the shuttle will not be available if you are asked to depart the river at the mid-point.


8:00 AM-10:00 AM

Assisted canoe launch at Lyons Falls or burdicks crossing boat launches.

8:00 AM-10:30 AM

Free shuttle from Glenfield or burdicks crossing boat launches back to Lyons Falls boat launch*
*Please see update section for shuttle changes


8:00 AM-3:00 PM

TRIVIA FUN along the scenic Black River – look for clues to win
Drop your card at the end. Winners will be notified by phone if not present.