AW in the MidWest

The Midwest is not particularly well known for its whitewater; however, there are hundreds of gems scattered around the region and every state boasts at least one whitewater prize.

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Russell Fork Release Study Open For Comment (VA/KY)

Posted: 08/22/2019
by Kevin Colburn

The Army Corps of Engineers has shared their Environmental Assessment that considered four potential changes to the fall whitewater release program aimed at enhancing whitewater paddling opportunities. The Corps is planning on providing two additional Friday releases this fall as a result of the analysis. The EA is refreshingly succinct, and we encourage paddlers to give it a read and submit a comment if you are inspired to do so. 

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Russell Fork Releases Expanded (KY/VA)

Posted: 08/05/2019
by Kevin Colburn

The fall release schedule for the Russell Fork River was recently announced, and it includes two new Friday releases that will offer 3-day weekends of releases. While announced without explanation, the added released are presumably a result of a public process convened by the Army Corp of Engineers last spring to explore the possibility of an expanded release schedule. American Whitewater and many regional paddlers advocated for additional recreational releases throughout the public process. We conducted and shared a survey that indicated significant support for Friday releases. The new releases are listed as "tentative and subject to change," and hopefully if they go well additional releases will be scheduled in future years. Enjoy these new paddling opportunities!

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Grandfather Falls Licensing About to Get Underway (WI)

Posted: 12/06/2012
by Thomas O'Keefe

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has recently announced the commencement of relicensing proceedings for the Tomahawk and Grandfather Falls Hydroelectric Projects in Wisconsin. We are pleased to report that FERC has identified whitewater recreation as one of the issues requiring study and analysis and has proposed a whitewater flow study. Paddlers have the opportunity to attend next week's public meeting and file written comments.

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Requirements to Provide Whitewater Recreation Upheld for Fox River (WI)

Posted: 10/22/2011
by Thomas O'Keefe

In an important affirmation of the value of whitewater recreation at federally-licensed hydropower projects, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) ruled that licensee's have a responsibility to provide recreational opportunities in accordance with area needs. The fact that risk may be involved in such activities as whitewater boating does not obviate a licensee’s responsibility to provide these opportunities.

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Gresham Municipal Utilities Initiates Licensing Process for Red River Dams (WI)

Posted: 08/16/2010
by Thomas O'Keefe

Over the past few months Gresham Municipal Utilities has been gearing up to relicense their hydroelectric projects on the Red River. As paddlers know operation of the Weed Dam impacts flows on the Red River.  American Whitewater can provide technical assistance on the project but we are seeking a local volunteer or group of volunteers willing to invest some time in this process over the next few years.

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FERC pulls the plug on Cuyahoga (OH)

Posted: 06/18/2007
by Thomas O'Keefe

In a letter dated June 14th, 2007, FERC officially pulled the plug on the proposed hydropower project on an old outdated dam on the Cuyahoga River.
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WW Releases begin on Chippewa River, WI

Posted: 07/08/2004
by John Gangemi

Xcel Energy starts releases on the Chippewa River in Wisconsin this weekend.  Four releases are scheduled for this summer.  Enjoy this whitewater opportunity.  Boat safely and be sure to sign-in.

Upcoming Events

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October 2019

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Russell Fork Release
09:30 am -3:30 pm est
October 4th and 25th releases are tentative and subject to change. Target flows are 1100 cfs (800 cfs plus Russell Fork flows) not to exceed 1300 cfs at the Bartlick gage. 800 cfs

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Kaukauna (WI) Releases (4 per year)
10:00 am -2:00 pm cst
Scheduled Release flow subject to change (up or down) based upon available flows. 3050 cfs

Russell Fork Release
09:30 am -3:30 pm est
October 4th and 25th releases are tentative and subject to change. Target flows are 1100 cfs (800 cfs plus Russell Fork flows) not to exceed 1300 cfs at the Bartlick gage. 800 cfs

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Russell Fork Release
09:30 am -3:30 pm est
October 4th and 25th releases are tentative and subject to change. Target flows are 1100 cfs (800 cfs plus Russell Fork flows) not to exceed 1300 cfs at the Bartlick gage. 800 cfs

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Russell Fork Release
09:30 am -3:30 pm est
October 4th and 25th releases are tentative and subject to change. Target flows are 1100 cfs (800 cfs plus Russell Fork flows) not to exceed 1300 cfs at the Bartlick gage. 800 cfs

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Russell Fork Release
09:30 am -3:30 pm est
October 4th and 25th releases are tentative and subject to change. Target flows are 1100 cfs (800 cfs plus Russell Fork flows) not to exceed 1300 cfs at the Bartlick gage. 800 cfs

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Russell Fork Release
09:30 am -3:30 pm est
October 4th and 25th releases are tentative and subject to change. Target flows are 1100 cfs (800 cfs plus Russell Fork flows) not to exceed 1300 cfs at the Bartlick gage. 800 cfs

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Russell Fork Release
09:30 am -3:30 pm est
October 4th and 25th releases are tentative and subject to change. Target flows are 1100 cfs (800 cfs plus Russell Fork flows) not to exceed 1300 cfs at the Bartlick gage. 800 cfs

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Russell Fork Release
09:30 am -3:30 pm est
October 4th and 25th releases are tentative and subject to change. Target flows are 1100 cfs (800 cfs plus Russell Fork flows) not to exceed 1300 cfs at the Bartlick gage. 1000 cfs

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Russell Fork Release
09:30 am -3:30 pm est
October 4th and 25th releases are tentative and subject to change. Target flows are 1100 cfs (800 cfs plus Russell Fork flows) not to exceed 1300 cfs at the Bartlick gage. 1000 cfs

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Russell Fork Release
09:30 am -3:30 pm est
October 4th and 25th releases are tentative and subject to change. Target flows are 1100 cfs (800 cfs plus Russell Fork flows) not to exceed 1300 cfs at the Bartlick gage. 1000 cfs

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Events
Jim Falls Releases Jim Falls,WI runs 07/14/07 - 08/18/19
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Black River Releases Jackson County,WI runs 10/18/02 - 09/08/12
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Russell Fork Release Elkhorn City,KY runs 10/02/04 - 10/27/19, next 10/20/19
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Thomson Dam Whitewater Release Duluth,MN runs 07/06/19 - 09/08/19
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National Paddling Film Festival Frankfort,KY runs 02/17/17 - 02/18/17
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Kaukauna (WI) Releases (4 per year) Kaukauna,WI runs 09/28/19 - 10/05/19
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Associated Projects

Brooke Lynch
Eiusmod quia occaeca
Clean Water Act
American Whitewater's advocacy to protect water quality.
Cuyahoga Restoration (OH)
A new hydro license proposal would dewater a nice rapid and preclude opportunities for dam removal.
Jim Falls (WI)
AW has advocated for restoration of recreational opportunities on the Chippewa River impacted by the Jim Falls Hydro Project.
Kinnickinnic River Restoration
American Whitewater supports opportunities to restore the Kinnickinnic River through hydropower licensing of the River Falls Hydroelectric Project
Red River (WI)
AW works for protection and restoration of the recreational and conservation values of this river corridor.