Splash into a New Summertime Tradition on The Rock River


More than just an homage to the incredibly popular raft races of the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s - the Rock River Anything That Floats Race is a novel tradition for new generations of Rockfordians to love and experience.

Entry fees for rafts is just $100. All proceeds will benefit the Rockford Fourth of July and Holiday Lighting efforts, the Rock River Trail Initiative and the Ski Broncs

Race day is the best day for shipmates and spectators, alike. The race course is 1.65 miles in length and ends in a grand finish at Prairie Street Brewhouse. If you want to view the race, there are many excellent vantage points on both banks of the river, but most veteran race watchers line the east bank from the Auburn Street Bridge south to Prairie Street Brewing Co along the Rock River Bike Path. Check the map and schedule for handy details like parking lot and refreshment locations.

Be sure to buy your Chuck-A-Ducks at the start and finish lines for a chance to win cash and other valuable prizes from the Rockford IceHogs. Proceeds benefit local charities

Bring your picnic baskets or enjoy concession served by local City Market vendors at the Symbol parking lot just south of the Auburns Street bridge, the Nicholas Conservatory and on the grounds of the Prairie Street Brewhouse all day long. A festive post-race party will follow race award ceremonies on the docks at Prairie Street Brewhouse and indoors, as well.

Sunday, August 18 Race Day Schedule  

  • 10:00 AM – Raft sign-in begins  

  • 10:00 Live radio remote, entertainment, food, and drinks at race start line area on Illinois Street near old Coast Guard Station 

  • 11:30 AM – Raft race registration ends

  • 12:00 PM – Anything That Floats Raft Race begins!

  • 12:00 - 1:30 PM - Live music will be performed by The Gilligans for spectators from a barge patrolling the river. Listen up! 

  • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM - Blind Date performs at Prairie Street Brewing Co finish line 

  • 3:30 - Chuck-a-Duck Drop off Whitman St. Bridge 

  • 4:30 - Awards Ceremony at Prairie Street Brewing Co finish line


It’s been said ”God only gives you so many days, but the ones you spend at sea don’t count against you.”

We think that’s true for all the proud rafters and spectators who cheer them on.

Here’s to a great day on the river together this year - it’s a freebie!