Experience Watercross in July!
The Grantsburg Lions Club held its first Snowmobile 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 Location
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.
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.
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 (age 16 & over) $25
Adult 1-day pass $15
Street Dances FREE
Young 3-day pass (age 10 to 15) $15
Children ages 9 & under FREE
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.
Camping is available whether by tent, camper or motor homes. Those who camped last year are given first chance to reserve their site again; however, we always have plenty of room for new campers. ALL campsite reservations will be done online via this website. Click on the CAMPING menu for information or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you have general questions. Campers may arrive after noon on the Thursday before the event and must clear out by 10 a.m. 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 as well. 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.
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 email@example.com.
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 days for the fur trade. 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 and Burnett County Tourism for area information.