Following our Weather Policy and for the safety of all involved, in the event of Thunderstorms / Lightning forecasted, the 2021 event has been cancelled.
For assistance or support with registration contact [email protected]
Together with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, PORPA is gearing up for the first Priest River Sprints to be held at the Mudhole on Saturday, August 21st. 

It will be a day of fun for anybody wanting to race with rowing singles, kayaks, canoes, SUPs or rafts. 


Event will follow relevant COVID-19 protocols. 
These protocols are based on federal, state, local and sport specific guidelines.
All changes will be posted here, please check back often.  


Join Tribal members and experts in learning more about the relationship the Kalispel people have with the Pend Oreille and other rivers in the area.





Priest River Recreation Area (aka Mudhole) is 0.5 miles east of Priest River, ID on Hwy 2.
Event under permit with the US Army Corps of Engineers.
Event Date/Time: Saturday August 21, 2021
8am- 12:30 pm noon: races (solo watercraft only)
1-4 pm Potluck BBQ, Kalispel Tribe presentation, and rowing shell demonstrations
Multiple Race Flights:
Experienced rowers 1000m (500m + 500m with buoy turn) 
Experience paddlers 1000m  (500m + 500m with buoy turn) 
Novice rowers and paddlers  500m (no turn)
Juniors 250m or 500m choice (no turn)
Multi craft relay race 4x500m 
All events are for solo powered watercraft only
Experienced = > 1 year experience in selected watercraft
Novice = < 1 year experience in selected watercraft
Junior = 14 and under
14 years and under are free of charge
15 years and older are $25.00 until the 14th of August, $35 after
Fee includes t-shirt
Registrations for second or third event are free of charge (contact [email protected])


2021 Priest River Sprints Schedule
SATURDAY - August 21st 2021  (estimated times, may vary depending on events)
7:00 AM *    Priest River Recreation Area (Mudhole) gate opens.
                    Participants arrive, park, rig, set-up watercraft.
                    *please note, campers will be at the park, so 700-800 AM is quiet time.
7:30 AM:     Check-in opens. (Distribute race times/numbers/relay teams)
7:45 AM:     Safety Meeting (rowers). All experienced rowers must attend.
8:30 AM:     Rowers 1000m race (1st flight) start
9:30 AM:     Rowers 1000m race (2nd flight) start
9:30 AM:     Safety Meeting (all remaining watercraft).
                    All experienced and novice racers must attend.
10:15 AM:   Experienced (more than 1 year experience) paddlers 1000m race (3rd flight) start
11:00 AM:   Novice (less 1 year experience) and Juniors (14 and under)
                    r owers and paddlers 500m race  (4th flight) start
11:15 AM:   Safety Meeting (relay racers). All relay racers must attend.
11:45 AM:   Relay Race (5th flight) start ~1500m 
1 PM:          Awards and potluck BBQ at the Picnic Pavilion
2 PM:          Kalispel Tribe canoe history and demonstrations
3 - 4 PM:     non-motorized water craft demonstrations
Kalispel Tribe of Indians Canoes and Culture
2-3 pm Beach Area- Free

Join Tribal members and experts in learning more about the relationship the Kalispel people have with the Pend Oreille and other rivers in the area.


Like other tribes, the Kalispels have been profoundly influenced by their environment, with the most profound influence coming from the environment created by the Pend Oreille River they call “ntxwe”. This Kalispel word, it is said, symbolically reduces all other streams to an inferior status. It was from this river that Kalispel culture arose. The Kalispel would say “the river and we are of one mind”.


Non-motorized watercraft demonstrations
3-4 PM boat launch area. Free
Experienced rowers and paddlers will provide individuals an opportunity learn about and try sculling boats and paddle sports boats. All ages/abilities welcome. First come, first serve.
General information
  • Race schedule times are approximate.
  • You may enter more than one event as long as you can make it to the start time for each flight. 
  • Due to time constraints and safety considerations, total number of racers will be capped. 
  • The swim beach will be available for event watercraft launches until 12 noon. 
  • All watercraft need to vacate swim area by 12 noon. 
  • Beach will reopen to swimming only after 12 noon. 
  • Motorized boat launch area will be available for launching/removing watercraft after 12 noon.
  • The Mudhole has camping quiet hours of 700-800 AM
  • Drivers adhere to 5MPH speed at all times- children will be active.
  • Water/toilets available on site.
  • Site is partially accessible for those with limited mobility.
COVID precautions.
Federal, State, Local and SPort Specific guidelines will be followed at all times.  check out the Quick Links above for more detailed information.
Water safety:
State of Idaho requires youth under 14 to wear a PFD. All other participants are strongly encouraged to wear a PFD and be a good example to the youth (some may be available for loan from PORPA and the US ACOE). There will be safety vessels monitoring the event. All racers must attend safety meeting and adhere to safety instructions.
Parking and Park Access
Course information
Rowers (single sculls only): 1000 and 500m events:
Straight course with staggered start. 1000m start upstream of Hwy 2 bridge, 500m course start downstream of Hwy 2 bridge.
Paddlers: 1000 and 500m events:
Out and Back Course start downstream of Hwy 2 bridge.
Multi craft relay race: ~ 1500m
Four human powered craft (at least 3 unique). Racers will pass a floating “baton” at set locations on the course. If a racer chooses to participate in the relay race during their registration, organizers will randomly assign teams of four craft to race together. 
Number of races will depend on number registered. Racers will need to have good control over their vessel to keep this race safe for all. This is a fun event designed to build friendships among the flat water boating population! Please sign up! 
Potluck BBQ
PORPA will supply BBQ coals to grill your own lunch item. Due to COVID precautions, bring your own food and drinks and join us in the picnic pavilion for camaraderie and race awards.
Camping at the Mudhole - 
Allowed on leash, but not at swim beach.
No watercraft rentals will be available.