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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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Training Sites

 

Cedar River Gates

Located where the Issaquah-Hobart Road crosses the Cedar River at Landsburg, Washington 40 minutes east of Seattle. Take I-90 to Front Street exit in Issaquah. Continue through the town of Issaquah. Street becomes the Issaquah-Hobart Road. Continue east of Highway 18.

Class II+ water. Can circulate gates easily on the bottom half of the course.

The course is open to all paddlers for practice. Always raise the poles before you leave as the Cedar rises and falls quickly and poles left low during high flows will destroy the course. The Cedar rises and falls quite quickly. Flows tend to match rainfall but are regulated somewhat by the City of Seattle (upstream is drinking water system). The course is good from 250 cfs-2,000 cfs. For flow information, look for the Cedar River Below the Diversion at the NOAA website.

 


North Santiam, Oregon

In the Portland area of Oregon, there is (as of 2019) a permanent slalom course set-up on the North Santiam River at the pullout at Big Cliff Dam (just above Niagara Park).  Car camping is available 8 minutes away at the base of the Opal Creek road.  Its about 12 minutes from the rafting / kayak school building in Mill City. http://enrgkayaking.com/   For more information, contact Sam at sam@enrgkayaking.com

 


British Columbia

Excellent slalom training site in British Columbia - about 2.5 hours north of Seattle.  Located at Tamihi Rapids on the Chilliwack River near the town of Chiliwack.     http://ccekayak.com/
 

this page updated on: Tuesday April 30, 2019 09:17 AM -0700