UPDATE: The Three Rivers Festival Raft Race 2017 has been cancelled due to high water levels. We will see you again next year!


$6,500 in total cash prizes will be awarded during Raft Race 2017 including 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for “Fastest Raft” and “Most Creative Raft” as well as Three Rivers Festival parade theme, holiday theme, sports theme, and most interestingly engineered! The Raft Race starts at the Van Buren Street Bridge and ends at the MLK Bridge. Entry fee is only $25 per team!

Raft Race: Application

Build a Raft: Instructions



Event: The Raft Race kicks off on Saturday, July 15 at 1 p.m. for Fort Wayne’s original river event, the Three Rivers Festival Raft Race! Homemade and rented rafts paddle down the Saint Mary’s River for cash, fame, and glory. Whether it’s for speed, beauty, or laughs, you will see a wide variety of rafts this year!

Participants: The Raft Race starts at Van Buren Street Bridge. You can bring your raft for “put in” on Friday, July 14 from 4:00 pm – 7:00pm OR Saturday, July 15 from 8am to 12pm. Rafts will need to be brought to Guildin Park boat ramp. Your raft must be at Guildin Park by noon on Saturday to be judged! On Saturday, allow plenty of time to get your raft inspected and launched, the earlier the better so you will have time to lounge on your raft and enjoy the river.

Each team’s Raft Race registration packets (put-in and take-out instructions, rules, and raft numbers) MUST BE PICKED UP at G. I. Joe’s Army Surplus at 1638 Wells Street, July 10 – 13 from 10am to 6pm.

Rent A Raft: We have a limited number of 8×8 rafts available for rent for $100 that includes: registration fee, paddles, and life vests. Details available in the Raft Race application.




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