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Feather Fest - See You Sept 23 - 25th!

Posted: 09/21/2011
by Megan Hooker

 The “Best River Festival in the West” – the Feather River Festival (CA) will be held this weekend - September 23, 24, and 25, 2011. The Festival will coincide with the Rock Creek/Tobin scheduled releases on Saturday and Sunday, September 24 and 25, 2011. This fundraiser for American Whitewater is hosted by local paddling club, the Chico Paddleheads. The event will be held at “Indian Jim School” campground located two miles upstream from the small town of Tobin and one mile upstream from Tobin Vista. Free camping and ample parking will be available. 

FRIDAY, September 23:

A Film Festival with paddling films from the National Paddling Film Festival, and local professional and “celebrity” boaters will be held at the School from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Sierra Nevada Brewery will provide beverages and films will include paddling, environmental and educational films, and lots of whitewater action! All proceeds will go to American Whitewater.

SATURDAY, September 24:

Saturday’s events will include a FREE Class II slalom course appropriate for all skill levels, all ages and for kayaks, whitewater canoes, inflatable kayaks (IKs) and stand-up paddleboards and rafts. And, every participant gets a prize!

The slalom race will be located at the Indian Jim School campground and will be held from 12 noon to 3:00 p.m. There will also be a free Class V downriver race on the Tobin stretch beginning at Tobin Vista on Saturday afternoon.

For both races, inquire at the Indian Jim School for information and signup.

There will be an awesome American Whitewater Benefit River Party Saturday night featuring live music with the Taylor Robertson Blues Band. The food, music and beverages will begin at 6:00 p.m. and last until midnight. The barbeque dinner will be provided by Chico Paddleheads and the beer will flow through generous donation by Sierra Nevada Brewery.

In support of American Whitewater, our generous sponsors have donated an amazing variety of boating gear and accessories that will be part of a silent auction and raffle. Proceeds will go directly to American Whitewater.

Raffle prizes, race prizes and silent auction items will be given at the party Saturday night. Details about raffles, prizes, and race results will be available at the event headquarters at the Indian Jim School/Campground. Once again, Jackson Kayak has generously donated a boat of choice for the raffle!   

This is a Leave No Trace event.  Please keep your campsite clean and remember to bring your coffee cup to get your java jive on to support American Whitewater starting bright and early both Saturday and Sunday mornings at the Chico Paddleheads’ Coffee stand at the School!


The Rock Creek/Tobin releases will occur beginning 10:00 a.m. Saturday morning and last through 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. The Rock Creek reach is a Class III run appropriate for rafts, IKs, and kayaks and the Indian Jim campground is the perfect take-out. 

Downstream from the campground is the Class V Tobin reach followed by the Class IV “Lowbin” reach. There is also flatwater and Class I/II sections available all weekend.

Bring the whole family to enjoy, celebrate, and support the work American Whitewater has done to ensure regular, recreational whitewater releases on this amazing, classic California river!!

Please note: There is no drinking water available at the campground. Please bring your own water.

Rock Creek/Tobin river information via American Whitewater and Dreamflows.

For more information, contact Lisa Williams: 530-892-8923.