Local Experts

First City Dragon Boat Club

Bemidji, Minnesota
Bemidji’s First and Only Dragon Boat Paddling Club!

Introducing the art of dragon boat paddling to the greater community through instruction, practice, and training.

SCOPE: Teambuilding | Dragon Boat Racing Techniques | Traveling Team

  • Location: BSU/OPC at Diamond Point Park on Lake Bemidji
  • Time: Tuesdays 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Cost: Membership Fee of $40/person

Group training sessions available by appointment on weekends and evenings (except Tuesdays).

  • Cost: Fee $125 must have 16 paddlers

Now with TWO practice dragon boats. Bring your own life jacket. Paddles and steersperson provided.

  • More Information: Mark Walters 218.751.8235 | Mitch Rautio 218.760.0099 | Mike Huerbin 218.766.4232


The Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival and the Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival have established a trade of teams to compete in each other’s festivals. A team from Superior and one from Bemidji attend each other’s festival as a representation of the entire festival. The Bemidji team’s make-up consists of over half-a-dozen dragon boat teams from our festival, making it a true camaraderie of paddlers from our city.

In the 2016 Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival, the First City Dragon Boat Club won the Business Challenge Class with a time of 2:02.69

They also placed 2nd in the Gold Finals with a time of 2:01.37… the first place team in the Gold Finals had a time of 2:01.21 (they won by 16/100’s of a second)!!!

Area Festivals

Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival
Superior, Wisconsin
A great festival and a BIG help to us!

Starbuck Dragon Boat Festival
Starbuck, Minnesota

International Boundary Waters Dragon Boat Festival
Fort Francis, Ontario, Canada

Thunder Bay Dragon Boat Race Festival
Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

FMG Dragon Boat Festival
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

The Pros

GWN Dragon Boat
Our consultants and THE dragon boat experts!

United States Dragon Boat Federation
The governing body for the sport of dragon boat racing in the United States.

International Dragon Boat Federation
The international governing body for the sport of dragon boat racing.