Snowmobile Watercross Wades Through Moose Lake

By KBJR News 1

June 3, 2012 Updated Jun 3, 2012 at 9:46 PM CST

Moose Lake, MN (Northland's NewsCenter)
Snowmobiles on dirt? That's not what this event is about.
This is Moose Lake's annual Grand Prix Watercross.
Jason McPheeters of Zimmerman, Minnesota has been hooked on the sport since his youth.

"I've been doing it since I was 18. It's just a rush!" said McPheeters.

Years ago, snowmobilers found that with enough power, they could cross open water.
It's since built into a sport that's popular around the Upper Midwest and has been in Moose Lake now for five years.

"It brings more business into town and to just bring motor sports to an area that just normally doesn't see this type of motor sports." said organizer Dean Weske.

The Moose Lake Watercross pulls in competitors of a high caliber.

"We have multiple world champions here today. We have a 12 time world champion that is retired who is a second generation racer and his son who is also a world champion." said Weske.

Racers run a few laps around a course marked off by buoys.
A little water in the carb and down you go.
That's really not a huge deal. A barge pulls up sunken sleds quickly and the water doesn't ruin anything.

"It is a really quick and simple process. My sled has three valves; just open them up and the motor is drained, carb drained, put new gas in and it fires up in five minutes." said McPheeters.

Along with having fun on the water, the Moose Lake Grand Prix also raises money for organizations like the American Cancer Society.
Organizer Dean Weske says next year's will be bigger, better and maybe even wetter to help those people in need.
In Moose Lake, Dave Anderson, the Northland's News Center.

The Moose Lake race is governed by the International Watercross Association.
Their next event is next weekend at Brainerd International Raceway.
Later this summer, the circuit will travel to places like Grantsburg and Ely.