Here is a brief History of
the NP race along with the winning C-2 times from each year
The North Platte " Buffalo
Bill" Canoe race is run on a section of the North Platte river from Hershey to North Platte. The length is 18
river miles. The race has always been held in late July because this is peak
irrigation season. During a dry year the river is running bank-full to supply
water for irrigation canals downstream. The river is shallow and swift moving
and there are dozens of islands on the course that make river reading a
challenge. The race started in the late 60's and by the mid 70's was the
biggest canoe race in Nebraska. In the early 80's
the average turnout was 80 to 100 canoes. The number of entries gradually
declined and the local sponsors decided not to continue the race after 1995.
The MCA will be holding a race there this year and would like to continue doing
so since this is the longest running canoe race in Nebraska. Below are the
winning times for each year.