Upcoming Feather River Festival

posted August 17, 2009
by Mick Grochol

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The 19th annual Feather River Festival (CA) will be held during the scheduled releases on Saturday and Sunday, September 26 and 27, 2009. The fund-raiser event for American Whitewater is hosted by local paddling club, the Chico Paddleheads. The benefit 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 is available.

 

The event will include a free Class II slalom course appropriate for all skill levels, ages and for both kayaks, whitewater canoes and IKs. The slalom race will be located at the Indian Jim School campground and will be held from noon to 3:00pm. There will also be a free Class V downriver race on the Tobin strech Satustretchfternoon beginning at Tobin Vista. For both races, inquire at the campground benefit headquarters for information and signup.

Jackson Kayaks has generously donated a boat-of-choice to the event that will be raffled off Saturday night as part of the fund-raising for AW! The benefit party with live music, food and beverages will begin at 6:00pm Saturday night. Raffle prizes, race prizes and silent auction items will be given at the benefit party Saturday night at the Indian Jim School adjacent to the campground. Details about raffles, prizes, and race results will be available at the event headquarters.

The Rock Creek/Tobin releases will occur beginning Saturday morning through noon 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. Below 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!!

For more information see: www.chicopaddleheads.org

 

Dave Steindorf
4 Baroni Drive
Chico, CA 95928
Phone: 530-343-1871