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The Gore Canyon Festival is the premiere whitewater event in Colorado. Focused around the Class V downriver race through its namesake Gore Canyon on the upper Colorado River, GoreFest has brought the worlds elite whitewater athletes, families, anglers and river enthusiasts together for an awesome end of season event that celebrates AW's role in protecting the upper Colorado River.

In addition to the famous Class V downriver race through Gore Canyon, the festival also includes a family fun float through Hartman Canyon (aka Little Gore Canyon) (class II/III), a freestyle rodeo at the Gore Canyon Whitewater Park, and SUP downriver and cross races.

Camping, food, and entertainment, will be located at Rancho del Rio, 10 miles downstream of the BLM's Pumphouse Recreation Site. Limited camping is available at the BLM's Pumphouse Recreation Site on a first-come, first-serve basis. We encourage competitors and attendees to join the festival at Rancho del Rio, where we will be coordinating event logistics and registration, shuttles, and hosting movies, live music, food and drinks, and all things fun!

American Whitewater is currently recruiting event volunteers and safety boaters for Gore Fest 2017! Please fill out our online Volunteer Survey and/or Safety Team Survey. Gore Fest would not be possible without the help of our many dedicated volunteers.

Event Volunteers: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfzPeJn6cEGJCKZjKXk7cvI9m9OOdEGPlqXJCV1ZZ7wcMOYdw/viewform?usp=sf_link

Safety Team: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScYPhPAEEGahu0BjgOXEKuIsGSPFe-BlFMmunkY3KB0gTvwsA/viewform?usp=sf_link

American Whitewater is heavily invested in the protection of the Colorado River, and played a critical role in securing the Gore Canyon whitewater park or Recreational In-Channel Diversion (RICD), which gives boating flows in the Colorado River legal protection under State water law. AW is also the leading representative of the recreational community on the Upper Colorado River Wild and Scenic Stakeholders group where flows for the Colorado River are negotiated by AW and our stakeholders. American Whitewater is presenting the Gore Festival to celebrate this beautiful place we work hard to protect, and as an opportunity for paddlers, industry, and partners to enjoy and support our cooperative stewardship efforts.

All or part of this operation is conducted on Public Lands under special permit from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

The Gore Canyon Whitewater Park was built in 2015 as an effort by Grand County and its stakeholders (including AW) to protect up to 2500 cfs in the Colorado River for boating. This project was a huge success, especially for all of us who love to play on the Upper Colorado. The park is located between launch 1 and 2 at the BLM's Pumphouse Recreation Area. It creates a perfect transition from the Class V canyon to the family float to Radium or Rancho del Rio.

GoreFest now has an event for everyone. With the Gore Race as our main event, we now offer freestyle rodeo events, a SUP cross and downriver race, and a family float make up this festival weekend. Here are a few of the competitions being offered:

Long Boat K-1 (longer than 10’) Downriver Sprint through Gore Canyon:  The starting line is standard, at the gear up rock at the top of Fisherman’s Nightmare.  The finish line is at the bottom of Kirschbaum. Mandatory pre-race meeting at 8:00am at Rancho del Rio (4199 Trough Road Bond, CO  80423), shuttles to the put-in leave at 8:30am sharp. Please load your gear onto the shuttle prior to the race meeting. The race will begin at noon, long boats first. The long boat race will start with 1 minute intervals. Photographers will capture your lines at Gore and Tunnel (available after GoreFest at rapidimagephoto.com) and be shown in the slideshow at the after party, so make it smooth! 

  Short Boat K-1 (shorter or equal 10’) Downriver Sprint through Gore Canyon:     Starting line is standard, at the gear up rock at the top of fisherman’s nightmare.  The finish line is at the bottom of Kirschbaum. Mandatory pre-race meeting at at Rancho del Rio (4199 Trough Road Bond, CO  80423), shuttles to the put-in leave at 8:30am sharp. Please load your gear onto the shuttle prior to the race meeting. The race will begin at noon, short boats after long. The short boat race will start with 1 minute intervals.  Photographers will capture your lines at Gore and Tunnel (available after GoreFest at rapidimagephoto.com) and be shown in the slideshow at the after party, so make it smooth!   

Raft Team Downriver Sprint through Gore Canyon:     Starting line is standard, at the gear up rock at the top of fisherman’s nightmare.  The finish line is at the bottom of Kirschbaum. Mandatory pre-race meeting at 8:00am Saturday at Rancho del Rio (4199 Trough Road Bond, CO  80423), shuttles to the put-in leave at 8:30am sharp. Please load your gear onto the shuttle prior to the race meeting. The race will begin at noon, rafts will start after all kayaks. Photographers will capture your lines at Gore and Tunnel (available after GoreFest at rapidimagephoto.com) and be shown in the slideshow at the after party, so make it smooth! 

  Stand Up Paddle Cross at Pumphouse: This is a Stand Up Paddle Battle Royal on the Colorado River From Launch 1-2. Multiple heats through the new whitewater feature with multiple obstacles to navigate. SUP cross will start at 1pm on Saturday at Pumphouse. Shuttles will bring competitors from Rancho del Rio to Pumphouse and back.   

Downriver Stand Up Paddle Sprint (11’ board maximum) from Pumphouse: Your registration includes a one-year American Whitewater membership and entrance into the great raffle, race t-shirt, and live music on Saturday night after the Gore Race! Sign up for an additional event and get it for just $5.   Starting line is located at Launch 3 at the BLM Pumphouse Recreation Area. Downriver and Marathon SUP races will start simultaneously. Racers will sprint through Little Gore Canyon and finish at the CO Hwy 11 Bridge at Radium. Shuttles will transport racers to Pumphouse and return racers to Rancho del Rio from the finish at Radium. It will be a mass start race with photographers capturing the action at Eye of the Needle rapid (available after GoreFest at rapidimagephoto.com). There will be a pre-race meeting at Launch 3 at 11:30am with the race starting at 12pm sharp.   

Marathon Stand Up Paddle Race from Pumphouse:  Starting line is located at Launch 3 at the BLM Pumphouse Recreation Area. Downriver and Marathon SUP races will start simultaneously. Racers will sprint through Little Gore Canyon and finish at the boat ramp at Rancho del Rio. It will be a mass start race with photographers capturing the action at Eye of the Needle rapid (available after GoreFest at rapidimagephoto.com). There will be a pre-race meeting at Launch 3 at 11:30am with the race starting at 12pm sharp. 

Freestyle Rodeo - Kayak at Pumphouse: Round one will take place at 11am Sunday. The final round will be held at 2pm after the SUP downriver races.   

Freestyle Rodeo - Other at Pumphouse: Anything but kayaks goes! Rafts, duckies, SUP, floaties…Round one will take place at 11am Sunday after the kayaks. The final round will be held at 2pm after the final round for the kayak rodeo. 

To register in advance, and get a discount on your competitor fees, please visit https://store.americanwhitewater.org