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I've always liked the look of large river games where you're racing (or playing river associated themes) so I've started a list of them. Please add more if you know of them. Large bodies of water games where racing is taking place can be interesting too.
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1. Board Game: Lewis & Clark [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:159]
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2. Board Game: Rajas of the Ganges [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:192]
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3. Board Game: Egizia [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:317]
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Is the Nile big enough for you?

No racing, but you are placing workers along the river, strictly in a downstream direction.
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4. Board Game: Ulm [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:906]
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5. Board Game: Niagara [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:1202]
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A big river, and a spectacular waterfall.
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6. Board Game: Powerboats [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:1464]
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Powerboats

Powerboats looks like it could be a lot of fun. Never heard of it until now either. It's not exactly a "Big River" but it does have a large lake, and racing.
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7. Board Game: River Dragons [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:1641]
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This is a race of sorts (you have to be the first to cross) and there can be a BIG body of water.

 
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8. Board Game: Mississippi Queen [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:1744]
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Mississippi Queen looks interesting but is long out of print.
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9. Board Game: Fast Flowing Forest Fellers [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:1966]
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Very fun!
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10. Board Game: Livingstone [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:2265]
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OK, this one is a stretch. But the Zambezi River (with Victoria Falls at the end) is pretty prominent on the board. A steamship moves along the river as kind of a game timer.
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11. Board Game: Ruhrschifffahrt 1769-1890 [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:2389]
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12. Board Game: Salmon Run [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:2965]
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Salmon Run

I own this one with the Fisherman expansion. It a lot of fun, simple, and easy to introduce to people who don't play games much.
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13. Board Game: Canyon [Average Rating:6.25 Overall Rank:3490]
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Canyon

I saw this one some time back and had forgotten about it until I started to make this list.
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14. Board Game: Whitewater [Average Rating:5.97 Overall Rank:7900]
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Whitewater

I own this one but have not had time to play it yet.


Edit: I finally played a couple solo games of it (me against myself). I don't rank this game very high, but it can be a little fun. It could be fun with real players. It's rather cutthroat, as you can get knocked out of your boat, or lose a paddle, etc. The cards are really cheaply made, and to protect them you'll most likely need to sleeve them. I thought there would be massive combinations of rivers you could put together, but it seemed to limit that to a small quantity of combinations.
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15. Board Game: Bridgetown Races [Average Rating:6.23 Overall Rank:7978]
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Do races across bridges across a river count? I give bonus points to this one for being set near where you live.
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16. Board Game: Mississippi [Average Rating:5.79 Overall Rank:10793]
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I owned this one at one time.
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17. Board Game: Race Through Space [Average Rating:5.57 Overall Rank:13285]
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Up the River

I found this one by doing a Google search. Looks pretty old though.
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