North River 27th Annual Great River Race Coming Up

Join members of the North South Rivers Watershed Alliance and fellow paddlers on Saturday, July 22, for the 27th Annual Great River Race on the North River in Norwell and Hanover, MA.

This awesome 7.5-mile race starts at Bridge Street Canoe Launch in Norwell and ends at Indian Head Road in Hanover. 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 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult). Any type of non-motorized watercraft is eligible to enter the race. There is also the “Best Decorated Boat or Boater” division for the less serious, but creative paddler.


Registration begins at 8:30am and ends at 9:45am. Race begins at 10:00am.
If not pre-registered, please arrive by 8:45am. The starting line is at the Bridge Street Canoe launch in Norwell. Finish line is at the Washington Street Bridge (7.5 miles from the Launch). Take-out is at the Hanover Canoe Launch.

Date: Saturday, July 22

Start Time: 10:00 a.m.

REGISTRATION: 8:30-9:45am

This year we are offering electronic registration as well as paper registration.

Click here to register online

All participants must have a signed waiver to participate in the race.

Click here to sign adult waiver. 

Click here to sign a minor waiver.

To download paper registration form and waivers, click here or arrive early on day of registration.


This year’s Great River Race is $55 for the first participant per craft. Each additional participant on the same craft is $10. Each registration includes the very collectible Great River Race T-shirt with logo by artist Karie O’Donnell, and waiver fee. Additional T-shirts will be available for purchase after the race. Day of race registration is $60/$15. In the event of a severe weather cancellation there will be no rain date or refund, you will receive your collectible event T-shirt.


Rowing (Sliding Seat Single), Rowing (Fixed Seat Double), Rowing (Fixed Seat Single), Stand Up Paddle Board, Racing Kayak, Kayak Single (Men), Kayak Single (Women), Kayak Double (All), Canoe Double (Men), Canoe Double (Women), Canoe Double (Mixed M/F), Canoe Family (At least 1 child under age 16), Canoe Single, Senior Division 65+, Best Decorated Boat or Boater


Transportation will be offered, free of charge, from the take out point to the racers’ vehicles after the race from 12:00-3:00pm.


After the race, join us as the fun continues at Luddams Ford Park (just a short walk from the takeout). The party will start at 12:00 noon with awards given at 1:00 pm. Awards will be given in each category. There will be FREE hotdogs, a food truck, music, kids activities, plus beer and wine for purchase.