Great American Raft Race

The Great American Raft Race
Since 2002 

The first Great American Raft Race was held in 2002. It was organized by the Lake Worth Neighborhood Associations, with Bryant Park and their then President, Herman Robinson, taking the lead. The original objective was to bring awareness to the poor condition of the Lake Worth Lagoon.

Since then, great progress has been made in restoring the natural habitat and bringing wildlife back to the lagoon. This was only possible through the combined effort of countless volunteers, the City of Lake Worth Beach, and the Environmental Resources Management Division of Palm Beach County. The NAPC continues to bring environmental awareness to the lagoon through this annual event.

The annual activities commence the week prior to July 4th with several pre-race parties. The pre-race events inlcude the NAPC Presidents Cup kayak race at The Beach Club. Spectators watch from the Lake Worth Beach Golf Club as Presidents from the Lake Worth Neighborhood Associations, or their designated ringers, race kayaks in the lagoon.

The day of festivities begin with the Annual Raft Parade, starting at North J Street and Lucerne Avenue and traveling to the Boat Ramp at Bryant Park. The parade is followed by Team Performances at the Bryant Park Amphitheater.

The main event, The Great American Raft Race, caps off the 4th of July festivities. Teams must build their raft and navigate it around the Lake Worth Lagoon with the hope of capturing the coveted Grunge Cup and bragging rights. The rafts cannot include a motor or be made of a manufactured hull, otherwise there are no rules.

We hope that you will join us in 2023
for some Intergalactic themed fun!
Let the celebrations begin!


 2023 Event Schedule