Saturday, May 3 | 2025

Snake River Canoe Race

Paddle your way through the picturesque Snake River and embrace the thrill of this exciting canoe race.

The Snake River Canoe Race is an independent organizing group and is not a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization


An Exhilarating Adventure on the Water!

We invite you to be a part of the 43rd running of the Snake River Canoe Race on May 4th. The race will kick off at 9:30 AM, starting from the Hinckley Road Bridge on County Road 3 East, just north of Mora. Get ready to paddle your way through the picturesque Snake River and embrace the thrill of this exciting canoe race. This event promises an amazing day of camaraderie and outdoor fun. Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity – secure your spot now and get ready to embark on a 15 mile memorable water adventure!
Race Day

Your Arrival in Mora

Parking, canoe transportation, post-race food and awards are held adjacent to the Kanabec County History Center at 805 Forest Ave W, Mora, 55051.

Transportation to the Start

Buses and canoe trailers will transport you and your canoe to the starting point. The first buses will leave at 7:00 am and the last buses as well as the last canoe trailer leaves at 8:30 am. Bus transportation is free.
If you drive to the starting area you must make your own arrangements to get your vehicle back to the finish area. Parking is limited at the start area.

The Start

The race start will be by race class and in waves.
When your race class is called please quickly get your canoe and yourselves on the river.

The Finish

Canoe and kayak volunteer handlers will help get canoes in and out of the river. Participants, however, are responsible for hauling their canoe from the shore to their vehicles.

Food & Beverages

Relax and socialize after the race. Food and beverages for purchase will be available near the finish line.


Over 100 medals awarded in numerous categories & age classes. Official timing ends at 2:00 pm due to the beginning of the award ceremony. The Snake Rive Canoe Race is a qualifying event for both the Mora Classic Series and the Mora Motion Series. 

Order your 2024 race T-shirt: Short sleeve and long sleeve in two colors  are available for purchase only Online during your registration process. Ordering deadline is April 17, 2024, so be sure to register by that date.

Past race results


Race Information & Details

There is no race day registration. Pre-registration is available only online and can be accessed through your computer or mobile device. Registration opens Jan. 15, 2024.
Canoe Rentals

Canoe Rentals Are Available During the Registration Process

Nine aluminum canoes are for rent. The price is $50.00, which includes paddles and life vests. The canoes can be picked up at the start area just before the race and simply left on shore at the finish line. You can rent a canoe as part of your online registration process. More questions? Call 320-333-8970 or email 

Pick-up of canoe numbers will be available only at the start area beginning at 7:30am on race day.

Snake River Canoe Race

Snake River Canoe Race Contact Information

Rita Sundberg - (612) 201-6681

Pat Gorham - (320) 267-3276

c/o Susan FranceWeber
939 Eldris Way
Mora, MN 55051

The race is organized by the Snake River Canoe Club and is not a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Snake River Water Levels

2023 water level reading by day

(Readings at Noon daily. Read about new monitoring station below)


April 01: 1.57 feet
April 02:
1.62 feet
April 03: 1.81 feet
April 04: 2.05 feet
April 05: 2.73 feet  Springtime run-off. Rain Sun-Mon will be a boost.
April 06: 3.1 feet
April 07: 3.34 feet Raining today.  
April 08: 4.53 feet Raining  today. 
April 09: 6.47 feet Over 5 feet increase in one week 
April 10: 6.56- This is far higher level than most races
April 11:  6.21 feet
April 12: 5.87 feet
April 13: 5.41 feet
April 14: 5.03 feet
April 15: 4.68 feet
April 16: 4.37 Lots of rain today. Levels should start to rise.
April 17: 5.6 feet  
April 18: 7.12 Big jump after rains earlier this week
April 19: 6.79 High water

April 20: 6.23 feet
April 21: 5.61 feet 
April 22: 5.09 feet
April 23: 4.69 feet
April 24: 4.34 More rain coming!
April 25: 4.12 feet
April 26: 3.81 This is getting low. Rain is coming!
April 27: 3.95 It's raining. 
April 28: 4.61 Late afternoon rain
April 29: 5.79 feet
April 30: 7.2 feet Looking good for the race
May 01: 7.4 feet
May 02: 7.19 feet Great conditions for Saturday race
May 03: 6.93 feet
May 04 Race Day: 6.75 

The water depth gauge on the County Road 6 bridge is no longer available due to vandalism. Whether this gauge will ever again be available is unknown. We will instead be using the monitoring station located on the Highway 65 bridge downstream from the canoe race finish line. We compared 2021, 2019 & 2018 April and race week data and concluded at very high water levels the Highway 65 station readings are about a foot higher than at the County Road 6 gauge. As water levels drop the readings at each gauge become closer together until they are nearly the same at low water levels. To help provide more context to the new water gauge, we will also indicate: “Very High Water” reflecting very fast flow due to flooding or heavy rain event and that caution be taken when on the river. “Very good to good” reflecting wonderful race conditions that range from no worries about hitting any rocks to the average race conditions requiring some reading of rapids. “Low water” reflects the race will be held, but advisable to leave your good racing canoes at home. The Highway 65 station recording water levels throughout each day. Hourly results can be viewed at: Note: Be sure date range is correct and set to Raw Levels (and not the default discharge rate.) To view results in a data table click on Download Data.

Previous Snake River Canoe Race Moments

Ready To Take Your Racing Experience to New Heights?

This event qualifies for both the Mora Classic Series and the Mora Motion Series. Learn more about the Mora Classic/Motion Series, a thrilling collection of races that promises an incredible journey through Mora's picturesque landscapes. Get all the details and sign up today!