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Save the Date: 2016 Gore Fest presented by American Whitewater

Posted: 05/02/2016
By: Nathan Fey

Bond, Colorado - 

American Whitewater announces the 2016 Gore Canyon Race and Festival August 26th-28th at Rancho del Rio, CO.  In addition to the famous Class V downriver race through Gore Canyon, the festival also includes a family fun float through Little Gore Canyon (class II/III), a freestyle rodeo at the Gore Canyon Whitewater Park, and SUP downriver and cross races.  Check out the weekend schedule below. 

This years Festival, including camping, food, and entertainment, will be held at Rancho del Rio, 10 miles downstream of the BLM's Pumphouse Recreation Site. Limited camping is still available at Pumphouse on a first-come, first-serve basis.  We encourage competitors and attendees to join the festival at Rancho, where we will be coordinating event logistics and registration, shuttles, and hosting movies, live music, food and drinks, and all things fun!

American Whitewater is heavily invested in the protection of the Colorado River, and played a critical role in securing the Gore Canyon playwave or Recreational In-Channel Diversion (RICD), which gives boating flows in the Colorado River legal protection under State water law.  AW is also the leading representative of the recreational community on the Upper Colorado River Wild and Scenic Stakeholders group where flows for the Colorado River are negotiated by AW and our stakeholders.  American Whitewater is presenting the 2016 Gore Festival to celebrate this beautiful place we work hard to protect, and as an opportunity for paddlers to enjoy and support our stewardship efforts.

We are actively seeking event sponsors and volunteers for this years event. Our event website will be launched shortly, allowing competitors and attendees to register for events and reserve camping sites in advance, among many other things. For the time being, check out our Facebook page for the latest updates, pictures and results from last year.   

For more information please contact or  

Enjoy the runoff and we will see you in August!


Gore Fest Schedule:

Friday August 26


Late Event Registration (All Events) @ Rancho del Rio


Movie night @ Rancho del Rio

Saturday August 27

12:00 pm

Downriver Gore Canyon Race. Kayak start, thne rafts.

3:00 pm    

Family float shuttles. Pickup at Radium, ride to Pumphouse.

5:00 pm

SUP race(s)- Pumphouse to Radium (or Rancho del Rio NEW)

9:00 pm


Live Music @ Rancho del Rio

Gore Race and SUP Race photo recap. On the big screen @ Rancho del Rio

Sunday August 28


Start first round of kayak freestyle @ Gore Canyon Whitewater Park


Start of SUPcross races through Pumphouse wave


Finals for kayak freestyle competition @ Pumphouse

After Finals


Kayak Freestyle Award Ceremony @ Pumphouse


Colorado Stewardship Director

Nathan Fey

1601 Longs Peak Ave.

Longmont, CO 80501

Phone: 303-859-8601
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