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The League of Northwest Whitewater Racers is an all-volunteer group of paddlers in the Pacific Northwest. Under the auspices of the American Canoe Association, US Canoe&Kayak, and the Washington Kayak Club, the League organizes wildwater races and races and training clinics in whitewater slalom.


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Roaring River Whitewater Slalom Race

August 27 28, 2016

Northwest Whitewater Cup Series

The Roaring River Slalom race will be held on the Clackamas River in Oregon adjacent to where the Roaring River enters and across the road from the Roaring River Campground. We will hang the course the weekend of Aug 20-21, so you can practice and perfect your slalom skills the week before the race. The river is low and the race course is set in a class II rapids for kayaks, canoes and SUP.

There will also be a slalom clinic on Saturday of race weekend (Aug 27) with Paul Kuthe from Alder Creek for anyone wanting to learn to navigate slalom gates and, with that, some tricks about entering and exiting eddies, crossing the river on waves and generally using the water to go fast. Contact Paul Kuthe @ Alder Creek Kayak for more information and pre-registration for the Alder Creek slalom clinic from 10 am - 4 pm for both kids and adults, and for all types of canoes and kayaks: paul@aldercreek.com or 503-285-0464. There is also on-site registration for this clinic Saturday morning from 8-10 am at the race site. Price is $25 ($30 if not an ACA member) and includes team race on Saturday and the race on Sunday. What a great deal!

Schedule of events:

Saturday, August 20th @ 9:30 a.m: Course construction. If you can help with course construction, please contact Rufus Knapp: rufusk@comcast.net. Finish hanging the course on Sunday, Aug 21st.

Friday, August 22nd @ 9:30 am: Finish course construction/adjust course. If you can help, please contact Rufus Knapp: rufusk@comcast.net.

Registration: Saturday all day , starting at 8 am. Clinic participants must either pre-register or register Saturday morning on-site between 8 -10 am. NO RACE REGISTRATION ON SUNDAY MORNING.

Saturday, August 27th: SLALOM PRACTICE all day, except course closed ~ 4 pm for team races. Teams of 3 boats will start together, run the course, and be timed as one unit. There will be no judges, an honor system will prevail for making the gates. But the team run will be timed. This means you will have the course for you and your team mates, follow each other through the moves, and finish together with one time. You will have to work out the strategy that is best for the group. There will be one class for rec/plastic boats and a separate class for race boats. There will be a sign up list for team slalom.

Saturday Evening, Aug 27th: Bar-B-Que at Roaring River campsite #11 - thank you Paul Kuthe! Please note that you will need to leave your cars parked up at the race site unless you are camping in the campground. No parking in the campground unless you have a campsite.

Sunday, August 28th: SLALOM RACE: Racers meeting at 9:00 am sharp, race to begin at 10:00 am.

Classes including (but not limited to): K1 plastic, K1 race, C1, open C1 and C2, K2 (if boats are available), SUP.

Each racer is limited to two classes.

Cost: Cost to race but not to participate in the Clinic is $20 and a $5 additional fee for ACA insurance (if you are not an ACA member).

Aquatic Invasive Species Permit Required if your boat is 10' or longer! One of our 3 permits for the event is from the Oregon State Marine Board. Marine Board regulations state: "manually powered boats (paddle boards (SUPs), rafts, drift boats, kayaks, canoes, etc.) 10 feet long and longer will need to carry one permit per boat when in use." For more Information, go to:




For information on the race: Lisa Day (lida@wavecable.com)

For more information on the other NW slalom races go to: http://www.nwwhitewater.org


PDF version HERE

The League of Northwest Whitewater Racers is featured on TV!

Jennie teaches KING 5 TV reporter how to whitewater slalom race.

In honor of the Olympics....How to Canoe Slalom

View it at: http://www.king5.com/sports/olympics/in-honor-of-the-olympics-how-to-canoe-slalom/293974540

2016 Salmon la Sac Race

Wildwater Results HERE | Slalom Results HERE

The 55th Annual Bottoms-Up Regatta in June was a blast!  We had a great volunteer crew so the course went up fast and early Friday.  We had perfect flow, ideal weather, and an excellent turn-out.   Our travelling trophy winners were: Tip-Over: Rowin Peterka, OC-1: Mark Leonard, Fastest Male Time :Chad Long (from Boise), and Fastest Female:  Boo Turner.  The lost pants award went to Matt Haverly (note that they were found hanging from the downriver take-out bridge!).

The highlight of the weekend was the Boat Parade held at noon on Sunday.  All the kids decorated boats and paddled through the course!  thanks, Stephanie for the decorations and organization.  Also, thanks to Chad for bringing 6 kids from Idaho.

Mike Baker put together a video of racers and the boat parade. View it at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q08NOC_6cQk


Salmon la Sac Race Wildwater Results Here

Salmon la Sac Slalom Results Here

Cedar River Race Results HERE

2016 USACK Events HERE

2016 Canadian Wildwater & Slalom Events HERE

Update 11/18/14

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The Powerhouse Run in North Bend, WA (access to the usual put-in closed June 2010 for powerhouse upgrades) is now open!

The latest from Puget Sound Energy regarding access to the Powerhouse Run on the Main Snoqualmie River is:

The Lower Park/River access will open to the public at 3:00pm on Saturday, September 14, 2013. It will close at dusk on Saturday and then open and close dawn to dusk from there on out. Enjoy the River!

The boardwalk will be accessible via the upper trail only; the boardwalk will be enclosed with protective screening and there will be NO river access via the boardwalk.



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