Date: March 18-20, 2022
Where: St. Francis River (Class II – III), Millstream Gardens Conservation Area, Fredericktown, MO.(see map below)
Registration: Race registration should open in January
Schedule: Gate Hanging is Friday, March 11, with practice AFTER all gates are strung. Downriver Race will start with a Racer’s meeting at Fishermans Put-in at 4:00 pm, and racing begins at 4:30 pm. On Saturday, the MANDATORY Racer’s meeting is at 8:30. Racing begins at 9:30. On Sunday the races are scheduled to start at 8:30, following the MANDATORY Racer’s meeting at 8:00.

Flexible pricing for Adults – $30

Under 18 – $25. Late Registration Fee – $15. The ACA event fee is $10 for non-ACA members.

You WILL be charged $10 if your ACA number is not provided for insurance.
Pricing includes a race t-shirt for all entries.

Volunteers Needed

Interested in helping?

Apply to Volunteer

What to Expect

We won’t be setting wires & gates this year, but the video below shows the normal MWC setup experience, from set up weekend to race day.

If you cannot find the information you need, contact the Race Director at [email protected]. For info on volunteering, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at [email protected].

Bibs will not be given out until the registrar has your signed ACA waiver.

A backup weekend is currently not planned.

Refunds: Refunds will only be issued only if the race is cancelled or water levels exceed personal limits/ability. $20 will be deducted to cover service fee & t-shirt. A race t-shirt will accompany all refunds.

Downriver Race

This year, without a slalom race, we’re planning something different for the Downriver Event.  Note that this is a work in process, so some details may change.  Details may also change depending on water levels.  Stay flexible.

The downriver racers’ mandatory meeting will be at Fisherman’s Put-in. The race will be an interval start. Be ready to go in bib order or you risk missing your run!

The 2021 race will consist of 3 different events:

  • Novice Downriver:  Upper Saint (Roselle (Highway 72) to Fishermans Put-in).  Racers meeting at Roselle 10:30 am, 11:00 am Start.
  • Standard Downriver:  Lower Saint (Fishermans Put-in to Highway D).  Racers meeting at Fishermans 11:30 am, 12:00 noon Start.
  • Marathon Downriver:  Upper & Lower Saint (Roselle (Highway 72) to Highway D).  Racers meeting at Roselle 2:30 pm, 3:00 pm Start.

Classes (M/W for all boat classes):

  • Novice Race:  Novice K1 under 10′, Novice K1 10′ and over, Novice C1, Novice OC-1
  • Standard Race:  K1 under 10′, K1 10′ and over, C1, OC-1, OC-2, SUP
  • Marathon Race: K1 under 10′, K1 10′ and over, C1, OC-1, OC-2, SUP.
  • Rudders are prohibited in these races.

For the downriver races, “Novice” means the paddler has never placed in a Downriver race before. Paddlers who have medaled in Slalom but not Downriver may run the “Novice” class. Note: If you Medal in the morning Novice Downriver, you can still race as a Novice in the Marathon race.


safetyPaddlers: PFDs and protective whitewater headgear are required. Wet suits or dry suits are STRONGLY RECOMMENDED. Be prepared for cold water.

Boats: Decked boats must have endloops and be unsinkable. Full flotation and/or bulkheads will suffice. Open canoes must have endloops and no less than 10- and no more than 15-cubic feet of secured flotation which must be below the water line & not impede water flow.

Boat inspection: All race boats must be inspected and pass length, material and safety (flotation) requirements. NOTICE: Boats not meeting flotation requirements will not be allowed on the course!

Race Safety Support: Each racer completing the course must remain afloat at the finish to help with safety until relieved by the next 2 boats.


Volunteers: If in doubt, see the Volunteer Coordinator on Saturday morning for volunteer needs. Thanks!

Work Assignments: Paddler work assignments may be required each day the paddler races. Racer is responsible for getting & fulfilling work assignments. Worker substitution is allowed (family member, etc.)!

The following require brief pre-event training.  We’re happy to train!

  • Start Line: Organize racers in correct order, start racers, record start times, and relay data to Scorer.
  • Finish Line: Record finishers and finish times, and relay data to Scorer.

If you are interested in volunteering, please Apply

Important: Because of the variable water levels of the St. Francis River, participants are strongly advised to verify if the race will be held before traveling long distances. Check the message board for the latest info. The following outdoors stores will also have definite information after NOON on THURSDAY, March 18:

Alpine Shop
(314) 962-7715
440 North Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood, MO 63122

Brentwood REI
(314) 918-1004
1703 S. Brentwood

Millstream Gardens & Silver Mines Recreation Area are located west of Fredericktown, & east of Ironton/Arcadia off State Highway 72 (see map). Fredericktown is about 90 miles southwest of St. Louis off State Highway 67. Lodging, food, gasoline, etc., are all available in the Fredericktown/Ironton/Arcadia area. Camping is available at Silver Mines Recreation Area (see map).

Parking: Due to limited parking at the put-in, only racers and volunteers will be allowed access. All others need to park at the visitor parking lot. Failure to comply may result in being ticketed by Missouri Dept. of Conservation officers. An overflow parking lot may be available. Warning: parking may be muddy.

Other Rules: Please don’t litter. Spectators and racers should pick up after themselves and others-use waste bins. Dogs must be leashed at all times! No outside solicitation is allowed. Alcohol will not be sold but you may bring your own—please drink responsibly.

The Missouri Whitewater Championships are organized and administered by the Missouri Whitewater Association, with lots of invaluable help from the Sierra Club Eastern Missouri Group, the Missouri Department of Conservation and lots of other volunteers and organizations. These races are sanctioned by the American Canoe Association (ACA).

Downloadable copy of Rules, Safety, Volunteer and Additional Information [ Download PDF ]

Last updated May 18, 2021