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Volunteer of the Month - Presented by Kokatat

posted March 4, 2014
by Jeffrey Paine
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American Whitewater is proud to announce our March 2014 Volunteer of the Month: Don Perkins! Don was part of the rockstar crew that recently put on the National Paddling Film Fesitval (NPFF) in Kentucky. As many folks may know, NPFF is a great supporter of American Whitewater, raising several thousands dollars for our river stewardship work each year. Thanks for all the hard work, Don! In recognition of his work, Don will be receiving a custom Kokatat Woolcore Shirt!

2014 National Paddling Film Festival (NPFF)

posted January 7, 2014
by Jeffrey Paine
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Come see American Whitewater and the year's best photos and videos at the National Paddling Film Festival (NPFF)! This year's NPFF will be held on February 21-22 in Frankfort, KY at the Buffalo Trace Distillery. You can buy a ticket to the magic via this easy online order form. Tickets are $20 online or $25 at the door. We hope to see you there!

Wild Rivers Night - January 9th in Portland, OR!

posted December 11, 2013
by Megan Hooker
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Mark your calendars for Thursday, January 9th for Wild Rivers Night! American Whitewater joins Northwest Rafting Company and our river conservation partners to bring you a fun evening of films, photos and presentations celebrating the wild rivers of Oregon. Doors open at 7 p.m....reserve your tickets today!

Gunnison Flow Study: Success, Next steps underway

posted October 14, 2013
by Chris Menges
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American Whitewater is pleased release a full report on the results of our summer 2013 Gunnison River Flow Survey, in addition to recommendations for regional water managers. This data will enable the management community to better evaluate opportunities to protect recreational flows in the Gunnison Basin now and into the future. Please read the post for full results and how we are using them.

Volunteer of the Month - Presented By Kokatat

posted October 8, 2013
by Jeffrey Paine
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American Whitewater is proud to announce two Volunteers of the Month for October: Brian Aubin and Elizabeth Fet! Gauley Fest's awesome Volunteer Coordinator, Natalie Price, had the following to say about Brian and Elizabeth. Thanks for all the help putting on our critcal Gauley Fest fundraiser, Brian and Elizabeth! In recognition of all your efforts you'll both be receiving custom Kokatat WoolCore Shirt!

Piru Creek (CA) Releases Cancelled for Fall 2013

posted September 25, 2013
by Megan Hooker
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Releases into Piru Creek below Santa Felicia Dam in California have been cancelled this year due to low rainfall last winter. Unfortunately, this year Piru Reservoir did not fill, and is currently 70 feet below normal levels. As a result, United Water Conservation District will not be providing access to the creek this fall.

2013 American Whitewater Gauley Fest Presented By Subaru Wrap-Up

posted September 24, 2013
by Jeffrey Paine
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American Whitewater is proud to announce another successful Gauley Fest, this one the 30th anniversary! A huge thanks goes out to Subaru for being Gauley Fest’s title sponsor. We’d also like to thank the many companies that support American Whitewater and Gauley Fest through their partnerships. Thanks also to the Nicholas County Veteran’s Memorial Park, the Summersville Police Department and the beautiful town of Summersville, WV for being our host. If it weren’t for the incredible efforts of our many, many volunteers (lead by Natalie Price of Hood River, OR) we simply couldn't put on Gauley Fest. We’re sincerely humbled by your support, thank you! Finally, remember that Gauley Fest will always happen on the third weekend of September, so go mark September 19-20, 2014 as the dates for the next Gauley Fest. We hope to see you there!

2013 Whitewater Symposium - Bend OR, Sept 27-29

posted September 3, 2013
by Megan Hooker
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The American Canoe Association and the Steering Committee of the Whitewater Symposium will be co-hosting the Whitewater Symposium this year in Bend, Oregon. The event will take place September 27 through 29th at the Mt. Bachelor Village Resort and Tumalo Creek Outfitters, and will bring together a diverse cross section of industry and program advocates. The event affords a unique meeting of minds who are dedicated to the whitewater medium and pro-active in fortifying its future.

Gauley Fest Presented by Subaru - Sept. 20-21, 2013

posted September 3, 2013
by Jeffrey Paine
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This September 20-21, come join American Whitewater at the world's largest paddling festival (and our biggest fundraiser): Gauley Fest Presented by Subaru! American Whitewater is proud to join all our paddling friends in Summersville, WV for a weekend of great paddling, camping, music, vending and comraderie. What's more, this year is the 30th year of Gauley Fest, which means we have three decades of excellent whitewater paddling to celebrate after paddlers prevented a dam project and secured releases on this iconic river. See you there!

Gauley Fest Vendors: Reserve Your Booth Space Before Sept. 1st!

posted August 28, 2013
by Jeffrey Paine
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Just a friendly reminder to all our wonderful vendors that plan to attend Gauley Fest: booth prices increase 15% September 1st! Make sure you reserve your booth space now! If you have any questions, check out our Gauley Fest vendor FAQ. See you there!

Feather Fest 2013 - September 27-29

posted August 26, 2013
by Megan Hooker
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The 22nd annual Feather River Festival (CA) will be held during scheduled releases September 27-29, 2013. This event is a fundraiser for American Whitewater, and will be hosted once again by local paddling club Chico Paddleheads. Join us for a weekend of celebrating the Feather River through races, films and fun!

Help AW With Our Critical Fundraiser: Gauley Fest!

posted August 6, 2013
by Jeffrey Paine
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Gauley Fest is the world's biggest paddling festival and American Whitewater's biggest fundraiser - but we need your help! Please sign up to volunteer and become a part of the Gauley Fest Volunteer Team! It's a fun and easy way for you to be a critical part of an amazing festival.

Special Parking Information for Friendsville Days: Saturday July 27, 2013

posted July 20, 2013
by Charlie Walbridge
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It's time for Friendsville Days and the Upper Yough Race on Saturday July 27, 2013!  An extra long release leaves lots of time for river runners to enjoy the river. It's going to be a busy day in town, but the Boater Parking Area will be open to relive congestion. Please approach the town from the West and enter the parking lot by the liquor store. Do not try to get there by way of Water Street! Click the link for full information on what to expect.

33rd Annual Upper Yough Race Saturday July 27, 2013 - See more at: http://wilderness-voyageurs.com/upper-yough-race.html#sthash.gxlhFgwP.dpuf

Volunteer of the Month - Presented by Kokatat

posted June 5, 2013
by Jeffrey Paine
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American Whitewater is proud to announce our June 2013 Volunteers of the Month: Chris Donochod, Justyn Thompson, Mark Mickey, Matt Kern, and Sid Border! These five fine folks are the team behind French Broad River Fest a music event that celebrates the French Broad River in NC and raises an average of $5,000 for American Whitewater and other local NC non-profits each year. In recognition of all their hard work, the whole crew will be receiving a custom Kokatat WoolCore shirt! Thanks guys!

2013 Deerfield Fest (MA), July 13th

posted May 6, 2013
by Jeffrey Paine
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Come see American Whitewater at Deerfield Fest in Charlemont, MA on July 13th! Deerfield Fest is one of AW's largest fundraising events and the Northeast's biggest whitewater festival. Plus, for vendors, booths are only $50! You can purchase one right now via our vendor registration form. Prices increase to $100 on July 5th.

Cheat Festival happening on Saturday May 4th!

posted April 16, 2013
by Charlie Walbridge
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The annual Cheat River Festival is Friends of the Cheat's annual celebration of spring. This year's festival is dedicated to Bob Burrell, a well-known paddler, conservationist, and guidebook writer based in Morgantown, WV. There will be a kayak race, great food, terrific vendors, and outstanding music. Friends of the Cheat is a long-time partner of American Whitewater; they manage many useful projects watershed incuding  four river access sites. Two of these were developed working closely with AW.  The place is Albright, West Virginia; the date is Saturday, May 4th, 2013 from 12 noon to 11 pm. For more information click the link below:

Detailed Report on 12/9/2012 Clear Creek Accident

posted April 16, 2013
by Charlie Walbridge
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American Whitewater just recieved an report on the death of Selby Arno on California's Clear Creek last December. It is very complete and well written; you can read the entire report by clicking on the link below:

2013 French Broad River Fest (NC)

posted April 3, 2013
by Jeffrey Paine
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This May 3-5th, 2013, American Whitewater will be at the French Broad River Fest in Hot Springs, NC, where the French Broad River meets the Appalachian Trail. Proceeds for the event get donated to American Whitewater and other non-profits. In 2012 French Broad River Fest donated over $5,000 to American Whitewater alone! Tickets are $80 online (www.FrenchBroadRiverFestival.com).

Gauley Whitewater Advisory Group Meets

posted December 20, 2012
by Charlie Walbridge
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On December 19th I represented American Whitewater at the annual meeting of their Whitewater Advisory Committee for Summersville Dam . The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which manages the project, has worked closely with whitewater interests for many years. Their management plan takes into account both lake and downstream recreation (and their associated businesses) as well as lake and downstream fisheries, power generation, flow augmentation, and other matters. This year's realeases were very successful, and we're looking for another great season in 2013. For information on river gauge changes, fisheries management, and other matters please click the link below:

Yough Defense Party in Ohiopyle November 15th

posted November 7, 2012
by Charlie Walbridge
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The 4th ANNUAL YOUGH DEFENSE PARTY will be held on Thursday, November 15th at Wilderness Voyageur's Falls City Pub in Ohiopyle, PA starting at 4:30 pm. -  The event features live music by Meadow Run (5:00 pm) & the Ferncliff Collective (9:00 pm ). Food and drink will be served after 6:00 pm. A great silent auctiom begins  at 5:00 pm; the first phase ends at 8:15 pm, and the second phase ends at 8:45  pm. There will be 20 Special edition 2012 Yough Party t-shirts... first come, first served! And 100% of your $20.00 entry donation supports Yough Defense Fund, which monitors water quality and other threats within the Yough corridor.

Volunteer of the Month - Presented By Kokatat

posted October 31, 2012
by Jeffrey Paine
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American Whitewater is pleased to announce David George as our November 2012 Volunteer of the Month! David was one of our many volunteers at this year's Gauley Fest - an event that takes hundreds of volunteers to put on - and we're very grateful for his help. In recognition of his efforts, David will be receiving a custom Kokatat OuterCore shirt! Thanks David!

Tohickon Releases scheduled for November 3-4

posted October 16, 2012
by Charlie Walbridge

The Tohickon Creek is a favorite run for many mid-states paddlers. Every Fall and Spring there are 750 cfs releases from Lake Nockamixon on the first weekend of November. The river is about an hour north of Philadelpia and empties into the Delaware River. Water arrives at Ralph Stover Park around 9:00 am; the five miles below here are playful Class III. The take out is at Point Pleasant Canoe and Tube. The $5 per vehicle parking fee is a fundraiser for the Point Pleasant Fire Department. Paddlers are asked to be patient, as there will be a lot of people on shuttle roads and access points. For info on the history of the event, click here.

Volunteer Of The Month - Presented By Kokatat

posted October 4, 2012
by Jeffrey Paine
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American Whitewater is pleased to announce Bryan Mahoney as our October 2012 Volunteer of the Month! Bryan has served AW as a lead volunteer for our annual Gauley Festival fundraiser for over 5 years. In recognition of his efforts, Bryan will be receiving a custom Kokatat OuterCore shirt! Thanks Bryan!

Pit River Releases - October 6-7 & 20-21 (CA)

posted September 25, 2012
by Megan Hooker
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Whitewater boating releases on Northern California's Pit River between Fall River Mills and Highway 299 will take place on October 6-7 and 20-21. The Pit has something to offer everyone, with a range of Class II to Class IV water, and stunning scenery, waterfalls and geology.  

2012 American Whitewater Gauley Fest Presented by Subaru Wrap-Up

posted September 18, 2012
by Jeffrey Paine
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As many folks know, Gauley Fest is American Whitewater’s biggest fundraising event. As such, we’re very proud to announce another successful Gauley Fest for the record books. Remember that Gauley Fest will always happen on the third weekend of September (which may or may not be the third release weekend on the Gauley River). So go mark September 20-21, 2013 as the dates for the next Gauley Fest. We hope to see you there!

See You This Weekend at Feather Fest 2012!

posted September 17, 2012
by Megan Hooker
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The 21st annual Feather River Fest is happening this weekend - September 21-23. Complete with a movie night Friday, races and benefit party on Saturday, and more time to enjoy the river Sunday, this is an event you'll want to be sure to attend!

White Salmon River Homecoming Celebration (WA)

posted September 7, 2012
by Thomas O'Keefe
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Removal of Condit Dam is nearing completion and we are getting ready to celebrate the moment on Saturday September 29th. Contractors still have equipment in and along the river that will be removed over the next couple weeks and a log jam resulting from the dam breach still needs to be addressed. It's important for paddlers to wait until this work is done and everyone considering this reach needs to understand the hazards associated with the class IV/V entrance drop into the Narrows.

Clackamas River Clean Up This Weekend (OR)

posted September 5, 2012
by Thomas O'Keefe
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We Love Clean Rivers, in partnership with Clackamas River Basin Council, hosts the 10th Annual Down the River Clean Up on the Clackamas! Sign up today and meet Sunday September 9th, 9am at Barton County Park.

Looking for Volunteers to Clean Up Vermont's West River

posted September 5, 2012
by Alan Panebaker
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This year the Connecticut River Watershed Council's Source to Sea Cleanup coincides with the September 29 West River release in Vermont.

American Whitewater is trying to organize a handful of volunteers to pick up any trash on the West.

Another Great Labor Day Weekend on the Beaver

posted September 4, 2012
by Alan Panebaker
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“Don’t call this a festival,” New York legend whitewater legend Chris Koll said of the original Beaver River Rendezvous in 1998.

The three-day event has stayed true to that mantra, despite the popular “Beaverfest” dubbing, the event lacks any sort of commercial qualities. Just great whitewater.

Gauley Fest Vendors: Register by Sept. 1st!

posted August 21, 2012
by Jeffrey Paine
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As a friendly reminder to prospective Gauley Fest vendors, booth prices go up 15% on Sept. 1st, so register now! If you have any questions, please take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions. If you don't see your question answered there, feel free to contact us at bookkeeper@americanwhitewater.org or 828-586-1930. See you there!

Ohiopyle Over the Falls Festival (PA) Aug 18, 2012

posted August 14, 2012
by Mark Singleton
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For two decades, American Whitewater has worked hard representing boater interest for access to Ohiopyle Falls. Over The Falls Festival celebrates our 2010 access agreement with Ohiopyle State Park for private boater access to Ohiopyle Falls. This years Ohiopyle Falls Festival will be on Saturday Aug 18, 2012.

Gauley Fest Needs Volunteers!

posted July 30, 2012
by Jeffrey Paine
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Gauley Fest is the world's biggest paddling festival and American Whitewater's biggest fundraiser - but we need your help! Please sign up to volunteer and become a part of the Gauley Fest Volunteer Team! It's a fun and easy way for you to be a critical part of an amazing festival.

Volunteer of the Month - Presented by Kokatat

posted July 6, 2012
by Jeffrey Paine
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American Whitewater is pleased to announce Chris Cardoni as our July 2012 Volunteer of the Month! Chris has been a rockstar volunteer at AW's Deerfield Fest for the past several years. In recognition of his efforts, Chris will be receiving a custom Kokatat OuterCore shirt! Thanks Chris!

Upper Yough Race Scheduled for July 28th

posted July 5, 2012
by Charlie Walbridge
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This year's Upper Yough Race is scheduled for July 28th. Weather and water permitting there will be an extra-long release that day. Registration will be from 9-12 AM at the Wilderness Voyageurs store in town on the day of the race. Cost is $30. Start time is 4:00  PM at Gap Falls.Do not park on the road; use the field off Church ST. Follow directions for access. This is the same weekend as Friendsville Days! Stay around for great music and food at the town park. Stay tuned to the AW Mid-States Page for Further Developments.

Three Savage River Releases Scheduled for this Summer

posted June 1, 2012
by Charlie Walbridge
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The Upper Potomac River Commission has announced three recreational whitewater releases from Savage River Reservoir in Western Maryland this summer. The releases, based on water availability, will take place June 3, July 1 and Sept. 29. The river, which hosted the 1989 World Slalom and Whitewater Championships, offers five miles of very continuous Class III-IV whitewater. Adventure Sports International has been working with a variety of agencies to manage the difficulties challenging access issues connected with the release. They are running a shuttle service on release days. Their work deserve the support of all Savage River paddlers; please check in with them and contribute generously to their shuttle operations.

New Stonycreek River Summer Releases Near Johnstown PA

posted May 25, 2012
by Kevin Colburn
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2012 marks the first year of scheduled releases on Pennsylvania's Class III+ Stonycreek River.  The releases, in concert with a new whitewater park, and significant water quality and ecological recovery efforts welcome paddlers to enjoy a great recreational opportunity on the extremely fun Stonycreek River this year and for years to come. 

Upper Yough Parking Lot Construction Update

posted May 13, 2012
by Charlie Walbridge
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The Town of Friendsville thanks all the paddlers who donated to the Boater Parking Lot Project. Click through the link for the latest construction update from Town Council just sent by Councilman Jess Whittemore. There's also information about some unscheduled releases next week resulting from dam repairs.

Gauley Fest Vendor Registration Open

posted May 3, 2012
by Jeffrey Paine
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Vendor registration for the largest whitewater festival in the world, Gauley Fest, is now open! Registration is now done completely online. If you have any questions, please take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions. See you there!

2012 French Broad River Fest (NC)

posted April 27, 2012
by Jeffrey Paine
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This May 4-6th, 2012, American Whitewater will be at the French Broad River Fest in Hot Springs, NC. In 2011 French Broad River Fest donated over $5,000 to American Whitewater alone! You can purchase tickets for FBRF safely and securely online. Make plans to be there and help us support AW. Check out their website for additional info. We hope to see you there!

18th Annual Cheat Festival Coming Up May 5th!

posted April 24, 2012
by Charles Walbridge
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Join Friends of the Cheat on May 5th, 2012 for the 18th annual Cheat River Festival in Albright, WV! FOC has been the driving force behind a dramatic improvement in water quality in the Lower Cheat Basin.  American Whitewater worked closely with them for over a decade and helped develop their river access sites in Rockville and Jenkinsburg. Area boating opportunities abound! In addition to the Cheat Canyon and Narrows there will be Upper Yough releases and many other options if it rains. Their music lineup is just wonderful! For more information go to http://www.cheat.org/

2012 Deerfield Fest (MA), June 30th

posted April 17, 2012
by Jeffrey Paine
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Come see American Whitewater at Deerfield Fest in Charlemont, MA on July 30th! Deerfield Fest is one of AW's largest fundraising events and the Northeast's biggest whitewater festival. Plus, for vendors, booths are only $50! You can purchase one right now via our vendor registration form. Prices increase to $100 on June 22nd.

Volunteer of the Month - Presented by Kokatat

posted April 3, 2012
by Jeffrey Paine
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American Whitewater is pleased to announce the recipient of our April 2012 Volunteer of the Month award: Francheska Thompson! Francheska was one of the rockstar volunteers at Gauley Fest, donating an incredible amount of time and positive energy to American Whitewater's biggest fundraiser. In recognition of her efforts, Francheska will be receiving a OuterCore shirt from Kokatat. Thanks Francheska!

AW Seeks Volunteer Board Of Director Nominations For 2013

posted March 17, 2012
by Mark Singleton
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American Whitewater is seeking nominations of interested and qualified candidates to serve on the Board of Directors. We are seeking qualified candidates to begin three-year terms starting January 1, 2013.

AW releases recreational guide for stream modification projects

posted March 11, 2012
by Kevin Colburn
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AW is pleased to announce the release of our technical stream modification guide offering specific considerations to help projects meet recreational objectives as well as primary engineering or habitat objectives.  This guide is intended to help paddlers advocate for safer stream modification projects that fully support the restoration, protection, and public enjoyment of rivers and streams. 

Volunteer of the Month - Presented by Kokatat

posted March 6, 2012
by Jeffrey Paine
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American Whitewater is pleased to announce the recipient of our March 2012 Volunteer of the Month award: Brandon Jett and Bethany Overfield! Brandon and Bethany are both key members of the team that puts on the National Paddling Film Festival (NPFF) each year, an event that usually raises over $5,000 for AW's river stewardship work. In recognition of their efforts, they will both be receiving a custom Kokatat OuterCore shirt. Thanks Brandon and Bethany!

Tallulah Fest April 13-15, 2012

posted February 21, 2012
by Mark Singleton
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Come represent for the Southeast and help raise money for American Whitewater!  Tallulah Fest will include: live music Friday and Saturday night, photo and video contests, vendors, food, and camping.

Wild and Scenic Film Fest Comes to Portland Dec 1

posted November 23, 2011
by Megan Hooker
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On Thursday, December 1st, Willamette Riverkeeper, Patagonia and REI will be hosting the Wild and Scenic Film Festival in Portland, and you're invited! AW will be there!  We hope you can join us for the event!

Wild Rivers Night in Portland - November 29th

posted November 22, 2011
by Megan Hooker
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Hey PNW River Lovers!  If you'll be in Portland on Tuesday, November 29th, come check out the 2011 Wild Rivers Night. The evening will feature films about the PNW's Salmon, Elwha, and White Salmon Rivers, and a slideshow about Siberia's Kaa-Kem River. River aficionado Tim Palmer will also give a presentation entitled "Field Guide to American Rivers." It'll be a great evening and AW will be there!  We hope you will join us!

Volunteer of the Month - Presented by Kokatat

posted October 5, 2011
by Jeffrey Paine
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American Whitewater is pleased to announce the recipient of our October 2011 Volunteer of the Month award: Neal Dana! Neal is an instrumental volunteer helping AW put on Gauley Fest. Each year, Neal offers up his electrical expertise helping us safely wire the Gauley Fest site for power. In recognition of his efforts, Neal will be receiving a custom Destination Shirt from Kokatat! Thanks Neal!

Join AW on the Pit River October 1st and 2nd!

posted September 26, 2011
by Megan Hooker
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Join AW Staff and Volunteers on the Pit River in Northern California this weekend!  Whitewater releases are scheduled for October 1st/2nd, and October 15th/16th and are expected to be about 850-950 cfs. Come on out Saturday night and join us at the Pit River Recreation Area to celebrate the releases and get caught up on our Stewardship work in California. We look forward to seeing you on the river!

2011 American Whitewater Gauley Fest Presented By Subaru Wrap-Up

posted September 22, 2011
by Jeffrey Paine
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As many folks know, Gauley Fest is American Whitewater’s biggest fundraising event. As such, we’re very proud to announce another excellent Gauley Fest for the record books. If you couldn’t make it to the big GF, check out a few photos we’ve posted on our Facebook page. Many thanks go to all the people that attended, vendors that bought booths and volunteers that helped out. Finally, remember that Gauley Fest will always happen on the third weekend of September (which may or may not be the third release weekend on the Gauley River). So go mark September 14-16, 2012 as the dates for the next Gauley Fest. We hope to see you there!

Feather Fest - See You Sept 23 - 25th!

posted September 21, 2011
by Megan Hooker
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The Feather River Festival will kick off this Friday, September 23rd with films from the National Paddling Film Festival, and the weekend will be filled with river events for all ages and skill levels.  We hope to see you there! 

HIGH WATER ADVISORY FOR THE GAULEY RIVER

posted September 13, 2011
by Charlie Walbridge
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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans a higher than normal whitewater release for the World Kayak Canyon Doors Freestyle Festival on Tuesday, September 20, 2011. Summersville Dam will release to 4700 cfs from 5:30 - 11:00 am; afterwards, the release will gradually drop to 700 cfs over the next 8 hours. This is significantly more water than the regular weekend Gauley releases of 2800 cfs. This added water makes all sections, especially the Upper Gauley, more challenging. Paddlers utilizing this special release should exercise caution to avoid unpleasant surprises. Signs advising of this flow increase will be posted by the National Park Service at all major access areas.



 

We Need Volunteers for Gauley Fest!

posted September 1, 2011
by Jeffrey Paine
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American Whitewater needs your help! Besides AW's 10 staff members, Gauley Fest, presented by Subaru, requires over 300 volunteers to make it work! Sign up now to volunteer via our volunteer registration form, thanks!

Clackamas Down the River Clean Up - September 11

posted August 29, 2011
by Megan Hooker
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Come on out and help clean up Oregon's Clackamas River on Sunday, September 11th! A floatilla of volunteers will cruise 15 miles of river and help to keep one of Oregon's favorite rivers clean and free of deflated dolphins, flip-flop chains, lawn chairs and other unnatural features.  A couple of folks from American Whitewater will be there, and we hope you can join us! 

Volunteer Of The Month - Presented By Kokatat

posted August 23, 2011
by Jeffrey Paine
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American Whitewater is pleased to announce the recipient of our August Volunteer of the Month award: Katrina O'Brien! Katrina is a rockstar volunteer for AW's Deerfield Fest in Massachussetts, the biggest paddling festival in the Northeast. Thanks Katrina! In recognition of her efforts Katrina will be receiving a custom Destination Shirt from Kokatat.

North Fork Feather (CA) Rock Creek Release

posted July 18, 2011
by Paul D. Martzen
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The NF Feather, Rock Creek scheduled release of 1100 cfs is happening this coming weekend of July 23 & 24.   

Upper Yough Race Saturday July 23rd

posted July 16, 2011
by Charlie Walbridge
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The 31st Annual Upper Yough Race, sponsored by Wilderness Voyageurs, will be held on Saturday July 23rd.  Race profits are donated to American Whitewater, so come on out and paddle hard! A long race release from 11 am to 5 pm allows plenty of time to run the river before the race or stop part way down and watch. Remember: this is a very busy day in town! Show your appreciation for the residents by behaving respectfully when parking and changing clothes.Please avoid residential areas on Water Street and Morris Street. Don't park upstream of the Maple Street Bridge unless you are an invited guest of a local resident and park on their property. For more information and the race web link click here:

 

 

Chelan Gorge Whitewater Paddling ~ 2011

posted July 1, 2011
by Thomas O'Keefe
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The 2011 Chelan Gorge Recreational Releases present whitewater boating opportunities that will be available for two weekends in July (9th and 10th; 23rd and 24th) and two weekends in September (10th and 11th; 24th and 25th). American Whitewater has invested more than a decade of effort into bringing this opportunity to the paddling community of the Pacific Northwest, and we are excited to kick off the third year of weekend releases.

Volunteer of the Month - Presented by Kokatat

posted June 30, 2011
by Jeffrey Paine
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American Whitewater is very excited to announce the recipient of our July 2011 Volunteer of the Month award: the entire Potomac Fest volunteer team! Potomac Fest is the largest privately run fundraiser for AW in the whole US! Each year, we're impressed with the dedication and hard work of the PoFest team. They have three days of events with six different competitions. Plus, there were three community focused events this year in addition to the great party they put on at the end. Way to go and thanks team Potomac Fest!

2011 Potomac Fest Wrap Up

posted June 28, 2011
by Jeffrey Paine
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Another great Potomac Fest has come and gone. Thanks to all the excellent volunteers who put on this event as a fundraiser for American Whitewater. Also, thanks to all the events sponsors, racers and attendees. See you there next year!

2011 Deerfield Fest (MA), July 30th

posted June 21, 2011
by Jeffrey Paine
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Come see American Whitewater at Deerfield Fest in Charlemont, MA on July 30th! Deerfield Fest is one of AW's largest fundraising events and the Northeast's biggest whitewater festival. Plus, for vendors, booths are only $50! You can purchase one right now via our vendor registration form. Prices increase to $100 on July 22nd.

2011 Potomac Fest - June 25-26 (MD/VA)

posted June 13, 2011
by Jeffrey Paine
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Come see American Whitewater at this year's Potomac Fest , June 25-26 in Great Falls, MD/VA! Just minutes from the Nation's Capital, the 21st Annual Potomac Fest is two days of river events organized to delight paddlers and spectators alike. First times can try paddling at Riley’s Lock, and the party will feature a River Artists’ Alley, family games and local river organizations!  Check out the full schedule for complete details. Make sure you Register before June 15th to save $10! Also, please consider volunteering your time to help out this great event. See you there!

2011 Deerfield Fest (MA) Vendor Registration Open

posted June 6, 2011
by Jeffrey Paine
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The Northeast's most popular whitewater festival, Deerfield Fest, is happening this July 30th in the town of Charlemont, MA. It's American Whitewater's biggest event and fundraiser in the Northeast. If you're a vendor interested in being a part of Deerfield Fest head over to the vendor page to register. See you there!

2011 French Broad River Fest (NC)

posted April 18, 2011
by Jeffrey Paine
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This April 29 - May 1, 2011, American Whitewater will be at the French Broad River Fest in Hot Springs, NC. Proceeds for the event get donated to American Whitewater and two other non-profits. In 2010 French Broad River Fest donated over $5,000 to American Whitewater alone! Purchase your tickets now for $65 or they can be purchased for $75 at the gate.

Tallulah Fest May 13-15 -- Still Taking Place

posted April 11, 2011
by Mark Singleton
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Even with Tallulah releases being cancelled, the Tallulah Fest is still going to happen! Come out and paddle other close-by southeastern classic rivers; Chattooga, Cheoah, Nantahala and Ocoee.

2010 American Whitewater Gauley Fest Presented By Subaru Wrap-Up

posted September 20, 2010
by Jeffrey Paine
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Gauley Fest is American Whitewater’s biggest fundraising event and the largest boater festival in the world. This year’s event was another great success raising a significant amount of money for AW’s river stewardship work.

"Ladies of the Lower G" Sept. 17 (WV)

posted September 2, 2010
by Jeffrey Paine
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This September 17th, spend a day paddling with Girls at Play on the Lower Gauley and raise money for AW! It only costs $40 and that includes lunch and shuttle. All proceeds go to AW. The trip leaders and safety boaters will include accomplished paddler and women’s Green Race record holder, Adriene Levknecht, Girls at Play ambassador, Mary Frances Hansford and more!

Gauley River Access For 2010 (WV)

posted August 31, 2010
by Mark Singleton
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The rangers and staff of the Gauley River National Recreation Area outline access for the 2010 season in an open letter to boaters.

International Whitewater Hall of Fame Inducts Risa Shimoda

posted August 30, 2010
by Mark Singleton
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The International Whitewater Hall of Fame recognizes long time AW volunteer and former Executive Director, Risa Shimoda, as a 2010 inductee.

Volunteer for Gauley Fest!

posted August 25, 2010
by Jeffrey Paine
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Each year, American Whitewater and its staff of just 8 puts on the world's biggest whitewater festival, and AW's biggest fundraiser, the American Whitewater Gauley Fest! However, we couldn't do it without out the help of over 250(!) volunteers each year. Please take a few seconds and sign up to volunteer via our simple, online form. Thanks!

Gauley Fest Entrance Fee Changes

posted August 16, 2010
by Jeffrey Paine
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Entrance fees for 2010:
  • Thursday, Friday, and Saturday: $25
  • Friday and Saturday: $20
  • Saturday only: $15
 
Note: these are the exact same prices for attendance and camping that have been in place, unchanged for over a decade (really!). However, what is no longer available are non-camping, entrance-only passes.

Gauley Fest Parking Changes

posted August 16, 2010
by Jeffrey Paine
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As Gauley Fest grows, the ability to safely have car parking in the same area as camping becomes more and more difficult. In each of the past several years one or more tents have been run over during the festival, luckily with no injuries as a result. It goes without saying that the safety of attendees is the number one concern of American Whitewater. To this end, we’re going to have to limit parking in the inner festival area as we have the past two years.
 
For 2010, the following parking limits will be in place -
  • Friday 8 pm: No more vehicle access to the inner festival area
  • Saturday 2 pm: No more vehicle access to the inner festival area
 
After these times, folks will have to park in the parking lots just outside the inner festival area. This means you will have to walk in about 50-100 yards. This park and walk-in system is the exact same that you would see at any other festival of Gauley Fest’s size and it is a safety necessity.

N. Fork South Platte Flow Survey (CO)

posted August 13, 2010
by Nathan Fey
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American Whitewater is collecting input from paddlers on this week-end's North Fork South Platte releases.

The first of it's kind release into Bailey and Foxton canyons will be evaluated for the quality of boating these additional flows provide.

Please join AW for the First Annual Bailey Festival, and participate in the flow study.

Releases Scheduled for the North Fork South Platte (CO)

posted July 30, 2010
by Nathan Fey
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On August 14-15, Denver Water is planning to release 300 cfs into the North Fork of the South Platte River. When combined with natural flows, we are expecting great boating levels in the Bailey and Foxton sections. Stay tuned as the event takes shape, but be sure to put August 14th on your calendars!

Callaghn Fest to save Callaghan Creek (BC, Canada)

posted July 15, 2010
by Jeffrey Paine
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In response to the ongoing threats to BC's rivers from run of river hydro development, Leland and Andria Davis are putting on a festival and race on Callaghan Creek (BC, Canada) to raise awareness and to raise money to help save rivers. Proceeds will go to American Whitewater and the BC Creek Protection Society.

2010 Potomac Fest - July 10-11 (MD/VA)

posted July 9, 2010
by Kevin Colburn
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Come see American Whitewater at this year's Potomac Fest, July 10 and 11 in Great Falls, MD/VA!  Just minutes from the Nation's Capital, the 20th Annual Potomac Whitewater Festival will be two days of fun events organized to delight beginners, experts and spectators alike.

2010 Deerfield Fest (MA) Vendor Registration Open

posted June 21, 2010
by Jeffrey Paine
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The Northeast's most popular whitewater festival, Deerfield Fest, is happening this July 31st in the town of Charlemont, MA. It's American Whitewater's biggest event and fundraiser in the Northeast. If you're a vendor interested in being a part of Deerfield Fest head over to the vendor page to register.

Ledyard Canoe Club's Second Annual River Festival (NH)

posted April 9, 2010
by Jeffrey Paine
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Hanover, NH, March 4, 2010 ­ Ledyard Canoe Club of Dartmouth College is hosting its second annual river festival the weekend of April 16th-18th. The festival will take place in New Hampshire's Upper Valley with competitions on the Wells River as well as the Connecticut and Mascoma rivers. In addition to the 7th annual Wells River Rumble race, competitions will include a kayak rodeo, a triathlon, and the longest consecutively held whitewater slalom race in the country.  There will be festival party on Saturday evening at the DOC House on Dartmouth College's campus in Hanover NH.  Everyone is invited to come and enjoy live music, a kayaking movie premiere, food and beer, raffles, and prize giveaways.

Spokane River Kickoff 2010

posted April 7, 2010
by Jeffrey Paine
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Eastern Washington University’s Epic Adventures, Post Falls Parks and Recreation, NWA, and the local Clubs/Shops of Spokane are enthused to announce the Fourth Annual Spokane River Kickoff. This event received so much positive feed back in previous years, that a group of kayakers from the community just had to get together to make things happen again this year. We are looking forward to this year's event, as the event and participation continue to grow.

2010 French Broad River Fest (NC)

posted April 6, 2010
by Jeffrey Paine
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This April, come check out the annual French Broad River Fest April 30th - May 2nd in Hot Springs, NC. All the proceeds from ticket sales for the event get donated to American Whitewater and the local Hot Springs Learning Center! In 2009 French Broad River Fest donated over $5,000 to American Whitewater alone!

2010 National Paddling Film Festival (NPFF)

posted January 5, 2010
by Jeffrey Paine
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The 27th annual National Paddling Film Festival (NPFF) will be held this year in Frankfort, Kentucky on February 26-27th. You can purchase tickets in advance via the American Whitewater Store for $20 (versus $25 at the door). Plus, AW will be there hosting a membership drive where you can renew your AW membership or join for the first time.

Mokelumne River - Boaters Needed

posted October 8, 2009
by Mick Grochol
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If you have the day off, can get the day off, have a furlough day or can even call in sick we need boaters at the October 13th EBMUD Board of Directors Meeting where they will vote to certify the Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) for their Water Supply Management Plan 2040.

 

2009 American Whitewater Gauley Fest Presented by Subaru Wrap-Up

posted September 24, 2009
by Jeffrey Paine
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Another year, another awesome American Whitewater Gauley Fest presented by Subaru! Gauley Fest is of major importance to AW as it's our biggest fundraising event. All the funds raised at this national level event go back to funding AW's River Stewardship work all over the United States. A huge thanks goes out to all our volunteers that helped out, people who attended and vendors that setup!

Volunteers Needed for Feather River Festival

posted September 16, 2009
by Mick Grochol
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Show your support of American Whitewater and your love of the Feather River by volunteering some time at the Festival!

Army Corps to complete planned Lehigh releases in 2009

posted September 8, 2009
by Kevin Colburn
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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced recently that there is sufficient reservoir storage behind Francis E. Walter Dam to complete all planned whitewater releases for 2009.

Gauley Fest Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament for $3,500+ in prizes!

posted September 8, 2009
by Jeffrey Paine
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Great news, this year's American Whitewater Gauley Fest presented by Subaru will feature an awesome AW Members-only game of Rock, Paper, Scissors for over $3,500 of awesome gear (including a new Liquidlogic kayak!). Woody Callaway of Liquidlogic kayaks will be heading up this fun and friendly "competition" that's open to AW members only. Stop by the Liquidlogic booth at 9:15PM to participate, just make sure your membership is current by then, otherwise you can't play and win!

NPS Outlines Gauley River Access for 2009

posted September 3, 2009
by Mark Singleton
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American Whitewater received an open letter to boaters from the National Park Service outlining Gauley River access for 2009. For the last decade AW has leased the open field at Mason Branch for private boater parking - we are leasing the field again this year. These are your AW dues at work!

Gauley Fest Volunteers Needed!

posted August 24, 2009
by Jeffrey Paine
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Everyone loves to attend the world's biggest paddling festival: the American Whitewater Gauley Fest presented by Subaru. However, what most people don't realize is that outside AW's 8 full-time employees, it's a completely volunteer run event! AW sure could use your help. Please sign up for 2 hours (or more) and become a part of the Gauley Fest Volunteer Team!

Gauley Fest (Sept. 18-20) Facebook Page

posted August 21, 2009
by Jeffrey Paine
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We put up a Facebook event page for the 2009 Gauley Fest. Check it out and share with your friends. See you there!

Pit River (CA) Release Weekend of 8/29

posted August 20, 2009
by Mick Grochol
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A short note regarding summer flows on the Pit River.  Releases of about 850 cfs will be happening Saturday and Sunday, August 29 & 30.  

Feather River (CA) Release This Weekend 8/22-23 2009

posted August 20, 2009
by Mick Grochol
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There will be a whitewater release on the Rock Creek Reach of the Feather river this weekend (8/22-23).

Upcoming Feather River Festival

posted August 17, 2009
by Mick Grochol
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 The 19th annual Feather River Festival (CA) will be held during the scheduled releases on Saturday and Sunday, September 26 and 27, 2009. The fund-raiser event for American Whitewater is hosted by local paddling club, the Chico Paddleheads.

Gore Race 2009 - Get on It!

posted August 12, 2009
by Nathan Fey
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Timberline Tours and American Whitewater Present the 2009 Gore Canyon Race
Saturday, August 22, 2009

This is the classic Class V whitewater race on the Upper Colorado River that brings together the finest whitewater rafters, kayakers and paddlers of all types of river craft. As always the race is open to all boaters willing to take on some of the best Class V whitewater in the state of Colorado. 

Spectators are welcome but remember: stay off the railway tracks!

11th Annual AW Over the Falls Ohiopyle Falls Festival August 22, 2009

posted August 11, 2009
by Mark Singleton
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Join your friends for this one day event at Ohioplye State Park in western Pennsylvania. American Whitewater will be hosting the annual Ohiopyle Falls Fest on August 22, 2009.

Upper Yough Race (MD) - July 25th - Benefiting AW

posted July 8, 2009
by Jeffrey Paine
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July 25th Immersion Research and Wilderness Voyagers will be hosting the 29th Annual Upper Yough Race - with the proceeds going to American Whitewater!

 

Challenge the exciting Upper Yough and help raise a few bucks for American Whitewater at the same time. There will be classes for everything from Wavehoppers to short boats and even a team class for three paddlers where at least one must be female. What's more is each racer gets a cool t-shirt and everyone is invited to a fun party afterwards. It will surely rock.

Chelan Gorge Whitewater Paddling

posted July 8, 2009
by Thomas O'Keefe
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The Chelan Gorge Recreational Releases present whitewater boating opportunities that will be available for two weekends this July. American Whitewater has invested more than a decade of effort into bringing this opportunity to the paddling community of the Pacific Northwest, and we are excited to kick off the first weekend of releases. All paddlers considering this run need to carefully evaluate their skill level and understand that continued access to this river and the opportunity depends on our ability to safely enjoy it.

Gauley Fest Vendor Registration

posted July 7, 2009
by Jeffrey Paine
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Gauley Fest is coming up (Sept. 18-20) and it's time for vendors to send in their registration forms.

 

Each year we pack Gauley Fest with vendors from all over the country and always have to turn away applicants as we only have so many spaces. So, don't delay and miss your chance to be a part of the nation's biggest paddling festival.

 

This year, prices will go up 15% for all booth registrations after September 1st.

2009 Deerfield Fest - July 25th (MA)

posted July 3, 2009
by Jeffrey Paine
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Come see American Whitewater at this year's Deerfield Fest July 25th in Charlemont, MA.

 

After 15 years, Deerfield Fest keeps gettting better! The fest will have no shortage of things to do and will feature vendors, food, boats, a silent auction, plus - and most importantly - the chance to begin or renew an AW membership! Not to mention all the proceeds of the event go towards funding American Whitewater's river stewardship.


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