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Riverfest 2022

Welcome to RiverFest!

A Black River adventure for kayakers and canoers.


Registration will still be available at Food Truck Friday in Croghan on 7/29/22 and at Riverfest from 7:30-10am on 7/30/22

Print off this waiver and bring with you to the event. This will speed up your registration!

What is RiverFest?

RiverFest is an annual fun and relaxing paddle down the Black River – an event for families or individuals. Whether you’re a newcomer or someone who joins us each year – don’t miss out on this years camaraderie and adventure. This years route is on July 30th from Castorland to Carthage on the Black River – with a midpoint stop at the new boat launch in Deer River.

Participate in a trivia contest on their way with questions provided by Lewis County Soil & Water on large pool floats that are positioned along the river. There is a shuttle available in the morning so paddlers have their vehicles waiting for them at the end.

RiverFest is a fundraising event held by the Lewis County Chamber of Commerce and is sponsored by local businesses.


July 30, 2022 – This years route:
Castorland to Carthage – 10.3 mi.
Midpoint stop at the new boat launch in Deer River

Each paddler must complete & sign a waiver prior to participating. These will be available to sign at the Food Truck Friday event and at the start of Riverfest on Saturday morning.

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

Floaters Vs Paddlers

Although we understand that everyone enjoys the Black River in different ways, if you are someone who prefers a leisurely float on a tube or floatie during Riverfest please note that we are hoping to have a floating event later this summer. We ask that Riverfest be a paddler focused event. If you start at the beginning and are not at the midpoint by 11:30 you will need to depart there at that time.


We will still have the shuttle available from 7:30-10 to drop your vehicle off at the end of the route and take you to your boat at the start. Please note the shuttle will not be available if you are asked to depart the river at the mid-point.

Riverfest Details

7:30 – 10am – Registration Available at the Castorland Boat Launch,-75.504978 We will also have event shirts available to purchase!

7:30 – 10am – Shuttle Service Available – Participants can drop their kayaks in Castorland and then drive their vehicles to Turning Point Park in Carthage. There, they can catch the shuttle to bring them back to the start.

MidPoint Deer River Boat Launch – All participants must reach the mid-point by 11:30am or be asked to depart at that time. Please note that there will be no shuttle access after 10am to assist with transportation and participants that are asked to leave will need to find their own transportation.

The Carthage Area Chamber of Commerce has organized a great selection of things for participants to partake in at the end of their journey and Zero Dock has offered a discount on entrees for anyone who has participated in our event. Participants will just need to show their event bracelet to prove they participated!

Thank you for your patience as we changed our registration process this year. We have made note of what did and what did not work and will be making the appropriate changes for our *NEW* Fall Foliage Riverfest event that will take place in October 2022!