Local Clubs in the North West


Fairbanks Paddlers
Fairbanks Paddlers is all about camaraderie, rivers, the Alaskan wilderness, and fun.
Nova River Runners
NOVA is an Alaskan river touring company that has been providing Alaska scenic and whitewater river rafting day trips near Anchorage and wilderness river rafting trips since 1975, glacier hiking tours on the Matanuska Glacier and river rescue training since 1980.


Lower Columbia Canoe Club
The Lower Columbia Canoe Club (LCCC) provides Pacific Northwest paddlers with weekly opportunities to share in the excitement and adventure of single- and double- bladed paddling. Based in Portland, Oregon, the club features a year-round schedule of whitewater outings for canoeists and kayakers, as well as occasional moving or flat-water trips.
Next Adventure
Let Next Adventure help you learn to kayak and stand up paddleboard! We offer classes and trips fit for everyone from the absolute beginner to the most experienced water warrior. We have everything to get your feet wet, from the best paddling gear in the area to the most comprehensive and fun instructional classes.
Northwest Rafters Association
Our mission is to "promote boating safety and education"; "advocate equal access to all streams and rivers"; "committed to the conservation and preservation of our nation's rivers and streams"; and "to enjoy and share the fun of running rivers".
Oregon Kayak and Canoe Club
The OKCC is a group of boaters in the Portland area who have joined together to pursue a common interest in whitewater boating.
Oregon Whitewater Association
The OWA is for: Boaters who want the camaraderie of running rivers together, to meet new river friends, and to learn new skills; all river users including rafters, kayakers, canoeists, both private and commercial, as well as river managers and employees of managing agencies; and everyone with a love of rivers and river recreation and with an interest in river safety, river conservation, river navigability and river access issues.
PNWKayakers.com is a community and forum devoted to whitewater kayakers and other paddlers from Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Northern California. Whitewater veins run deep throughout the country here, and with plentiful rainfall, there are thousands of rivers and creeks to kayak. We provide an online presence for people to meet, talk about runs / gear / etc, watch videos, and plan kayaking trips. Ulimately, place for the Pacific Northwest kayaker to immerse themselves in paddling when not actually on the river.
Willamette Kayak & Canoe Club
The WKCC has been an important part of the paddling community in the Willamette Valley for about as long as there has been paddling in the Willamette Valley.


A Boeing Recreation club dedicated to the enjoyment of rafting and kayaking the rivers and waters of the Pacific Northwest. Membership is open to all employees and retirees
EPIC Adventures
EPIC is the Eastern Washington University outdoor program. As a part of Student Life, EPIC is here to give Eastern students the opportunity to try some new and adventurous things outside of the classroom. These activities include backpacking, camping, canoeing, kayaking (flatwater & whitewater), whitewater rafting, rock climbing, ice climbing, mountaineering, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, snowboarding, biking. If it's human powered and in the outdoors, we probably do it.
Northwest Whitewater Association
The Northwest Whitewater Association was founded in Spokane, Washington in 1989 and in 2014 celebrated its 25th year of operation. NWA is an organization devoted to exploring and enjoying rivers of all kinds in the Northwest. We strive to help introduce new people to the sport through a variety of classes. We work on river access issues in our area, and conduct the annual UpRiver Scrub upper Spokane River clean-up day each fall.
Paddle Trails Canoe Club
Paddle Trails Canoe Club exists to provide an informal organization for paddlers in Washington State.
Spokane Canoe & Kayak Club
A club composed of canoeists, whitewater kayakers, and touring kayakers.
The Mountaineers
The Mountaineers is a community built around passion for the outdoors. For over 100 years, The Mountaineers have been teaching skills, sharing adventures, creating volunteers, and conserving land. American Whitewater has a long history of partnership with The Mountaineers. Wolf Bauer who started the basic climbing course for The Mountaineers was also a founder of American Whitewater.
University Kayak Club
University of Washington's kayak club including both whitewater and sea kayaking
Washington Kayak Club
Whitewater and sea kayaking in the Pacific Northwest
Washington Recreational River Runners
WRRR is a non-profit group of boaters who run rivers in all sort of inflatable boats (rafts, catboats, inflatable kayaks), kayaks and canoes, with members throughout Washington St. and the Pacific NW.
Whitman College Outdoor Program
Walla Walla
The primary purpose of the Whitman College Whitewater Club is to provide opportunities for the Whitman community to connect to the sports of whitewater kayaking, canoeing, and rafting, to provide the skills and training necessary to participate in said activities in a safe and productive way.

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