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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.

Cuyahoga River to serve as course for whitewater race on April 22

posted April 11, 2017
by Mark Singleton
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Cuyahoga River to serve as course for whitewater race in downtown Cuyahoga Falls for the 2nd Annual Cuyahoga Falls Kayak Race on Saturday, April 22, at 1 p.m. The race will be held on the section of the Cuyahoga River Upper Gorge, which runs through downtown Cuyahoga Falls alongside the Sheraton Suites and currently terminates in the dam pool above the Gorge Dam in the Summit Metro Parks Gorge Metro Park. The scenic, urban setting provides both spectators and racers alike with spectacular views of the river. In addition, the location offers all the amenities of an urban river, including lodging, restaurants and outdoor supply stores within minutes of the race course.

Ocoee Release Fix Proposed in TN Legislature

posted April 6, 2017
by Kevin Colburn
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A bill has been introduced in the Tennessee Legislature that aims to continue treasured recreational releases on the Ocoee River after current release agreements expire in March of 2019. The Ocoee River Recreation and Economic Development Fund Act would create a fund that would be used to pay the Tennessee Valley Authority for releases and to pay for other river management costs. Paddlers from TN can weigh in on the bill now, and all paddlers will have a chance to voice support or concerns with the TVA this spring or summer.

Grandfather Falls Licensing About to Get Underway (WI)

posted December 6, 2012
by Thomas O'Keefe
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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.

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

posted October 22, 2011
by Thomas O'Keefe
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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.

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

posted August 16, 2010
by Thomas O'Keefe
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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.

FERC pulls the plug on Cuyahoga (OH)

posted June 18, 2007
by Thomas O'Keefe
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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.

WW Releases begin on Chippewa River, WI

posted July 8, 2004
by John Gangemi
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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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February 2017

National Paddling Film Festival
5:00 pm -11:45 pm est
Buffalo Trace Distillery 113 Great Buffalo Trace Frankfort, KY

National Paddling Film Festival
5:00 pm -11:45 pm est
Buffalo Trace Distillery 113 Great Buffalo Trace Frankfort, KY


National Paddling Film Festival Frankfort,KY runs 02/17/17 - 02/18/17
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Russell Fork Release Elkhorn City,KY runs 10/02/04 - 10/23/16
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Thomson Dam Whitewater Release Duluth,MN runs 06/09/12 - 07/15/12
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Jim Falls Releases Jim Falls,WI runs 07/14/07 - 08/28/16
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Black River Releases Jackson County,WI runs 10/18/02 - 09/08/12
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Associated Projects

  • Black River (WI)
    The Hatfield Project on the Black River diverts flow from the river natural channel. AW advocates for restored recreational opportunities and riparian protection.
  • 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.
  • Red River (WI)
    AW works for protection and restoration of the recreational and conservation values of this river corridor.