Old browser warning

Site look funky?  Your browser is either Internet Explorer (hit refresh (F5) several times due to a bug in Microsoft's code that we can't work around) or is 10 years old and standards-based layouts and styling confuse it.   Consider updating.  One excellent option is Mozilla Firefox, versions of which are available for Linux, Mac and Windows. Safari 1.0+ and IE 6.0+ are also supported.

AW in the MidWest

The Midwest is not particularly well known for its whitewater; however, there are hundreds of gems scattered around the region and every state boasts at least one whitewater prize.

Agencies Consider New River Dries & AW Proposal (WV)

posted January 4, 2017
by Kevin Colburn
article photo 2

Federal decision makers are accepting comments on their plans for the New River Dries until January 8th. American Whitewater has proposed a schedule of 41 annual releases that will be great for the river, paddlers, and other stakeholders. Individuals are encouraged to comment, as are clubs and businesses. 

Help Preserve the Yellow Dog (MI)

posted March 3, 2016
by Thomas O'Keefe
article photo 2

Every spring paddlers in the Midwest make their annual pilgrimage to enjoy a few weeks of great whitewater on the creeks that flow into Lake Superior. One of these creeks is the Yellow Dog in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve is working to purchase private forest land along the river and make it a Community Forest. The goal is within reach and the paddling community can make a critical contribution.

Grandfather Falls Licensing About to Get Underway (WI)

posted December 6, 2012
by Thomas O'Keefe
article photo 2

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has recently announced the commencement of relicensing proceedings for the Tomahawk and Grandfather Falls Hydroelectric Projects in Wisconsin. We are pleased to report that FERC has identified whitewater recreation as one of the issues requiring study and analysis and has proposed a whitewater flow study. Paddlers have the opportunity to attend next week's public meeting and file written comments.

Requirements to Provide Whitewater Recreation Upheld for Fox River (WI)

posted October 22, 2011
by Thomas O'Keefe
article photo 1

In an important affirmation of the value of whitewater recreation at federally-licensed hydropower projects, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) ruled that licensee's have a responsibility to provide recreational opportunities in accordance with area needs. The fact that risk may be involved in such activities as whitewater boating does not obviate a licensee’s responsibility to provide these opportunities.

Gresham Municipal Utilities Initiates Licensing Process for Red River Dams (WI)

posted August 16, 2010
by Thomas O'Keefe
article photo 1

Over the past few months Gresham Municipal Utilities has been gearing up to relicense their hydroelectric projects on the Red River. As paddlers know operation of the Weed Dam impacts flows on the Red River.  American Whitewater can provide technical assistance on the project but we are seeking a local volunteer or group of volunteers willing to invest some time in this process over the next few years.

FERC pulls the plug on Cuyahoga (OH)

posted June 18, 2007
by Thomas O'Keefe
article photo 1
In a letter dated June 14th, 2007, FERC officially pulled the plug on the proposed hydropower project on an old outdated dam on the Cuyahoga River.

WW Releases begin on Chippewa River, WI

posted July 8, 2004
by John Gangemi
article photo 1
Xcel Energy starts releases on the Chippewa River in Wisconsin this weekend.  Four releases are scheduled for this summer.  Enjoy this whitewater opportunity.  Boat safely and be sure to sign-in.


Upcoming Events

Calendar Control Date:
Calendar by Date by Title

October 2016

S M T W T F S
25
26
27
28
29
30
1
Russell Fork Release
09:30 am -3:30 pm est
Target flows are 1100 cfs (800 cfs plus Russell Fork flows) not to exceed 1300 cfs at the Bartlick gage. 800-800 cfs

2
Russell Fork Release
09:30 am -3:30 pm est
Target flows are 1100 cfs (800 cfs plus Russell Fork flows) not to exceed 1300 cfs at the Bartlick gage. 800-800 cfs

3
4
5
6
7
8
Russell Fork Release
09:30 am -3:30 pm est
Target flows are 1100 cfs (800 cfs plus Russell Fork flows) not to exceed 1300 cfs at the Bartlick gage. 800-800 cfs

9
Russell Fork Release
09:30 am -3:30 pm est
Target flows are 1100 cfs (800 cfs plus Russell Fork flows) not to exceed 1300 cfs at the Bartlick gage. 800-800 cfs

10
11
12
13
14
15
Russell Fork Release
09:30 am -3:30 pm est
Target flows are 1100 cfs (800 cfs plus Russell Fork flows) not to exceed 1300 cfs at the Bartlick gage. 800-800 cfs

16
Russell Fork Release
09:30 am -3:30 pm est
Target flows are 1100 cfs (800 cfs plus Russell Fork flows) not to exceed 1300 cfs at the Bartlick gage. 800-800 cfs

17
18
19
20
21
22
Russell Fork Release
09:30 am -3:30 pm est
Release is 1000 cfs but flow will also include natural Russell Fork flow.1000-1000 cfs

23
Russell Fork Release
09:30 am -3:30 pm est
Release is 1000 cfs but flow will also include natural Russell Fork flow.1000-1000 cfs

24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5

Events
Russell Fork Release Elkhorn City,KY runs 10/02/04 - 10/23/16
[+] favorites
Thomson Dam Whitewater Release Duluth,MN runs 06/09/12 - 07/15/12
[+] favorites
Jim Falls Releases Jim Falls,WI runs 07/14/07 - 08/28/16
[+] favorites
Black River Releases Jackson County,WI runs 10/18/02 - 09/08/12
[+] favorites
  (iCal)  

Associated Projects

  • Black River (WI)
    The Hatfield Project on the Black River diverts flow from the river natural channel. AW advocates for restored recreational opportunities and riparian protection.
  • Clean Water Act
    American Whitewater's advocacy to protect water quality.
  • Cuyahoga Restoration (OH)
    A new hydro license proposal would dewater a nice rapid and preclude opportunities for dam removal.
  • Jim Falls (WI)
    AW has advocated for restoration of recreational opportunities on the Chippewa River impacted by the Jim Falls Hydro Project.
  • Red River (WI)
    AW works for protection and restoration of the recreational and conservation values of this river corridor.