The Sheyenne RiverFest is going on this week on the Sheyenne River through Aug. 8. The one-day canoe/kayak event last year was expanded this year due to COVID-19. Last year therere were launching points and booths in Valley City and Fort Ransom State Park.
Sheyenne RiverFest is held to promote tourism in the Sheyenne River Valley, educate people about the river and help protect that resource and help fund the Sheyenne National Water Trail.
People taking part can register online, in person at the Rosebud Visitor Center in Valley City or the Fort Ransom State Park Visitor Center, by email through the website www. hellovalley.com or Eventbrite.com (Sheyenne RiverFest).
Registration is $15 for a T-shirt and chance to win door prizes; the money will be used for RiverFest 2021 and developing the Sheyenne National Water Trail. Prizes include two kayaks, a hand-crafted canoe paddle, a framed print of the Sheyenne River, a one-night stay at the Valley City AmericInn and gift cards.
The launch points will be two U.S. Army Corps of Engineer spots below the dam, Faust Park, the National Fish Hatchery, Bjornson Park (to the Riparian site), Kathryn Dam and Fort Ransom State Park and the Sheyenne National Grasslands. Maps will be on www.hellovalley.com . There will be signs and maps at these sites providing information on how long it takes to get to the next point.
Participants are asked to take a selfie or group photo at the RiverFest banners found at launch or pull out sites and share it on Facebook at Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway or Fort Ransom State Park site. Participants are also encouragedto take photos of landmarks and natural beauty along the route to help further develop maps and brochures.
Sheyenne National Water Trail Committee is working to get its section of the Sheyenne River designated a National Water Trail from below Baldhill Dam to the National Grasslands east of Lisbon. People from Fort Ransom State Park, the Corps of Engineers, the National Grasslands, the Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway Committee, Valley City Convention & Visitors Bureau and interested citizens are working with a representative of the National Park Service on designation.