Experience Watercross in July!


The Grantsburg Lions Club held its first Watercross competition in July 1977 when running snowmobiles over water was a new and challenging past-time. The first race was simply held to see who could make it from the island on Memory Lake in Grantsburg to the shore, some 300 ft. away. Most didn’t, but the winner did go about 500 ft. In the years following, racers became more skilled and the machines more powerful. Today they race both drags and ovals with a six-lap championship run. Over 100 racers compete in the various classes. The event is now hosted by the Grantsburg Hockey Association.

Grantsburg Watercross


Memory Lake is the site for the Watercross. It is a small flowage created by a dam on the Wood River that flows within a block of downtown Grantsburg. The Village of Grantsburg is located in Burnett County, the nose of the “Indianhead” portion of Wisconsin, about midway between Duluth-Superior and St. Paul-Minneapolis. We are about 75 miles from the Twin Cities, 100 miles from the Twin Ports, 125 miles from Eau Claire, and 280 miles from Madison. View the map here.

The Event

The racing portion of Watercross includes drag and oval racing over water on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Races start at about Noon on Friday and 9:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday and run until about 4:30 p.m. The races are sanctioned by the International Watercross Association (IWA), the professional racing group. The Grantsburg Watercross is the “World Championship” race within the IWA racing circuit, and our race is known as the “Granddaddy of Them All” by the racers. As the event is an outdoor event we order great weather each year and Mother Nature usually smiles on us.

Admission Charges

Wristbands for the event can be purchased at all gates. The 3-day pass wristband covers all days of racing and admission to both street dances. Children ages 9 & under are free.

Adult 3-day pass (ages 16 and over) $25
Adult 1-day pass $15
Street Dances FREE
Young 3-day pass (ages 10-15) $15

Other Features

Many displayers and vendors also attend Watercross making their products and services available to the thousands of spectators who attend. Food and beverage booths, a tremendous fireworks display on Saturday at dusk, and street dances on Friday and Saturday evening featuring top-name regional bands are also part of the fun. If you are interested in having a booth at Watercross, please contact vendor@grantsburgwatercross.com.


Camping is available whether by tent, camper or motor homes. Those who camped last year are given first chance to reserve their site again this year but we always have plenty of room for new campers. Call 715-463-4269 (h2ox) for camping information or email camping@grantsburgwatercross.com. Campers may arrive after 10:00 AM on the Thursday before the event and must clear out by 10:00 AM on the Monday following the event.

Who Enjoys Watercross?

Watercross has truly become a family event. Spectators come in all age groups, getting together to not only enjoy the racing but all of the other activities. We provide security, plenty of rest room facilities, lots of food options, medical personnel on hand, and you’ll find Grantsburg to be an extremely friendly community.

Area Attractions

Grantsburg is on the southwest corner of the 30,000+ acre Crex Meadows Wildlife Area, administered by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. The DNR’s Fish Lake Wildlife Area is directly to the southwest of Grantsburg. The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, administered by the National Park Service, is four miles to the west. Forts Folle Avoine historical park, located about 25 miles northeast of Grantsburg, is a visit back through time to the fur-trading days. Grantsburg has an outdoor community swimming pool, unique nine-hole golf course, and an airport with a lighted 3000 ft. blacktop runway. During winter, Grantsburg is a hub of the snowmobile trail system with Burnett County having hundreds of miles of groomed trails connecting to the multi-county system. Visit the Grantsburg Chamber of Commerce website to learn more about Grantsburg.

We Do Ask Your Help

Our goal is to make Watercross fun for everyone who attends. Therefore we ask your help in observing our rules. We do not allow any pets at the event or campground (an exception is seeing-eye dogs for the sight impaired). Personal fireworks are not allowed. We ask you to not bring carry-on coolers, bicycles, rollerblades, ATVs, radio-controlled toys, water balloon sling shots, shade umbrellas or shade tents, chaise lounge chairs, or other items that may hamper your neighboring spectators. We ask you to not use profane language and that you conduct yourself respectfully. Of course, we do not tolerate any weapons, intoxication, drugs, disorderly conduct, consumption of alcohol by minors and other violations of law. Our police officers are on hand at all times, and we are happy to report that incidents of this nature are rare.

We hope to see you in Grantsburg in July!

Send mail to info@grantsburgwatercross.com with questions or comments.