water in the river

EVERYTHING you need to know!

The Raft Race is dependent on mother nature providing the right amount of rainfall and water in the AR River system leading up to the event.  Historically, the race will happen if Keystone Lake is in flood pool before the event, which has happened every year since the event’s revival in 2015. Alternatively, besides being below flood pool, there is the chance of too much water in the system and flood control will take precedence over our event and safe water levels will not be possible.

We have been fortunate to have water donations, water deviations, and hydropower electricity purchase contracts in years past, but they are not available every year due to circumstances outside of our control. With that being said, the Raft Race is primarily dependent on mother nature providing the right amount of rainfall and lake levels to ensure a water release for the event.

You can check on current Keystone Lake levels at the link below.


In the event of a low or high water cancellation, participants will be notified at least 1-2 weeks before the event.  A full refund will be issued to registered rafters OR a registration voucher for the 2020 event will be provided.

A cancellation won’t be all bad news….You’ll be notified in plenty of time to make other Labor Day plans, or even better,  we will still be able to have our Finish Line Festival at West Festival Park in Tulsa. The Finish Line Festival will include live music, sand sculpture contest and professional sand sculpture display, food trucks, kids STEM cardboard boat race, helicopter rides, cornhole tournament, volleyball tournament, youth ninja warrior obstacle course, free kids water inflatables, water games, and more!

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