As the holiday season approaches, certain locales whitewater seasons are heating up, while in
other regions, the season may be cooling off and the temptation to cozy up inside and sip some
warm cocoa might be starting to become a real threat. At American Whitewater we encourage you to
sip that cocoa after you play outside. It just tastes so much better. That’s why day-in and
day-out we’re working to provide more whitewater opportunities close to home, and why we
are enthusiastically joining our partners at REI and asking you to #OptOutside.
A few years ago, REI started a movement for people to reconnect with the outdoors over the
holidays. REI closed their stores on the day after Thanksgiving, one of the most popular shopping
days of the year, paid their 12,000+ employees to spend time outside, and invited America to join
in. This message resonates with us at American Whitewater. Anyone who spends significant time
paddling rivers knows that time outdoors makes us healthier and happier.
We encourage all our members to build on the momentum of #OptOutside and to start new holiday
traditions that are all about sweet boofs, stylie lines, dynamic surfs, or just laughing and
enjoying a mellow day on the water with friends.
Here are a few of the places you might find our staff and members out enjoying a day on the
Update: Due to the Camp Fire in this area, paddling the North Fork Feather may not be
possible or in good taste – Please save this river for another time and help out folks in
this area any way you can. The South Fork American on
the weekend is a possible fall back option in CA to #optoutside this holiday season.
Join us on the Rock Creek
reaches of the North
Fork Feather River which, due to a maintenance project on their dams, flows in the 800 cfs range
are expected to start on November 5th and stay high until repairs are complete. Repairs are
expected to finish by November 23rd for the Rock Creek Dam and November 30th for the Cresta Dam.
As of 2016 the Tobin Reach, has had boatable flows year-around. We have literally brought this
dewatered river back to life along with dozens of others in California.
We’ve also recently made a formal request for remediation of the ongoing and increasingly
serious threat to public safety caused by the instability of Union Pacific Railroad’s
retaining wall and adjacent hill slope on the Tobin Run.
Do a rain dance and hope for the Nolichucky River
running, as it’s done pretty frequently this past fall and late summer, and where we are
helping to lead the charge for Wild and Scenic Designation. If it stops raining, the Green River
probably still has what you need. On the Green, Tuxedo Hydro is under contract to be sold, with
continued releases and flow information assured through a unique non-regulatory approach brokered
by American Whitewater and other leaders in the local paddling community and thanks to Duke
Energy's collaborative approach. We’ll be tracking the sale of the dam closely as it
As winter storms drop copious amounts of rainfall, paddlers
rejoice in the return of frothy whitewater adventures throughout the region. Make it a new
tradition to enjoy the Olympic
where we are working to designate 19 of the major river systems as Wild and
Scenic. Or venture inland to the North Cascades where we working to instigate Wild and Scenic
designations for the Nooksack River
, and numerous other rivers and creeks in the area.
There's nothing like enjoying year-round flows on the Shoshone
section of the
Upper Colorado River near Glenwood Springs, where we are working to protect instream flows with
new Recreational Water Rights. Looking for more of a desert float? Ruby Horsethief
downstream on the Colorado provide great year round multi-day opportunities to enjoy our public
Wherever you find yourself this holiday season, step out the door and make your way to a river.
For many paddlers connecting with rivers makes our lives better, so join American Whitewater in
creating a new tradition of paddling over the holidays starting today!