2019 Snowmobile Watercross World Champions

Grantsburg Snowmobile Watercross
Front from left: Kerry Simpson, Hailey Memery, Rachel O'Brien. Back from left: Blake Higgins, David Fischer, Rob Romeo, Blake Pendzimas. Photo by Jeremiah Stavne | Stavne Media

As many of you know, the World Championship Watercross board of directors has been diligently working with state and local government regarding hosting this year’s race/event. We have weighed many factors in our process. This event is a significant fundraising event for many civic, youth, church and sports groups in Burnett, Polk, Pine and other neighboring counties as well as a significant revenue weekend for many local businesses from Hinckley to North Branch and all of Burnett County. While weighing these factors, the overwhelming conversations inevitably turned to the health and safety our wonderful community. We have many, many great people here and many great people that come to our town to show support of the event as well as support our local non-profit groups who benefit from this event. With that in mind and with conversations with our local representatives from Grantsburg, we have decided to cancel this year’s event. We will be back in 2021 and we will do everything we can to make that event better than ever.

The health and safety of our community must come first in times like these and although it is disappointing we hope that all of our patrons understand our decision and work with us to make next year the come-back of all come-backs! It will take us some time to get refunds out and we will send letters to all with how that will look. Please help us to get the word out and emphasize that this was a very tough decision for our village leaders and the Watercross board. But all agreed in the end that we need to put our resident’s health and safety above everything else and we all believe that we will return next year with an event that people will be able to enjoy and remember forever. I want to thank our village board for all their time and for the support they give this event and I want to thank all our racers and patrons for your support and understanding.

~ Rick Quimby, Executive Director

June 8, 2020

2020 World Championship Snowmobile Watercross


Races • Street Dances • Fireworks

The World Championship Snowmobile Watercross is held each year in July at Memory Lake Park in Grantsburg, WI and is hosted by the Grantsburg Hockey Association. The event is held Friday, Saturday and Sunday and features the top racers from the United States and Canada, each hoping to capture the World Champion honor and the large cash purse.

The thrill of racing snowmobiles over water has attracted thousands of spectators each year. Spectators and racers alike enjoy panoramic views of Memory Lake. There is plenty of spectator room, plus camping facilities, displays, food and beverage vendors, kids play area, street dances with live music and other activities.

Watercross begins on Friday with IWA racing action starting at noon, rolling into the evening with a street dance. Racing continues on Saturday and Sunday, ending around 5:00 p.m. on Sunday when the champions are determined. On Saturday evening, there will be entertainment on the water before the street dance and take part in the "The Best Fireworks Around." The fireworks spectacular begins at dusk and draws thousands of satisfied viewers.

Whether you are a snowmobile enthusiast or not, Watercross will provide you with a most unusual and enjoyable summer experience. Plan to spend the weekend by camping or staying at our local motel or B&B. Find more lodging options in the county here.

If you're bold enough to try racing a snowmobile across open water, please contact the International Watercross Association (IWA), who sanctions the races.

Join us this July for the Fastest Show on H20! Thank you sponsors!

2019 Photos

Grantsburg Watercross, WI