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Feather Fest Logo 2016

Feather River Festival - September 22 - 24, 2017 - Tobin, CA

California’s biggest whitewater festival- Feather Fest – is held annually on the fourth weekend in September to coincide with the Rock Creek Dam scheduled release.

What: American Whitewater is hosting a river festival including: film festival, class II slalom races for all vessels and levels, class V downriver race, primitive camping, dinner, beer, party, silent auction, raffle prizes, clinics and scheduled water releases from Rock Creek Dam for boating opportunities on the North Fork Feather River. This event is fun for all with stretches of river for all levels of boaters. It’s a family friendly weekend, though after 10pm Saturday’s party is more appropriate for adults.

Proceeds from the weekend go towards supporting American Whitewater in their mission to conserve and restore America’s whitewater resources and to enhance opportunities to enjoy them safely. By supporting AW, you are supporting your voice to be heard when river access, water quality and dam releases are at stake! Where: The “Indian Jim” School and adjacent campground located at Plumas County mile marker 8.22 on Highway 70 near Tobin, CA. Search “Indian Jim Elementary School” on Google Maps for location at: Map here

For 2016!


  • This is a LEAVE NO TRACE event. Please, pack it in and pack it out. There are no trash cans nor is there trash pick-up available at the event.
  • NO DRINKING WATER is available at Festival, please BYO water.
  • There is FREE camping at the Festival site. Additional free camping is available one mile up-stream at Roger’s Flat or one mile down-stream at Tobin Vista. Parking is tight, carpool!
  • There is no shuttle service; however, there are hundreds of cool boater folks just like you… just meet your neighbor for guaranteed fun times and great boating!
  • NO open fires! Fires are a serious hazard in California right now. Please do not park on dry grass or leave your car running unattended! You are required to have a free permit from the forest service web site for using any camp stove. Fire marshals do visit the Festival every year, so be sure to bring a print out of your permit! Get yours here: http://www.preventwildfireca.org/Campfire-Permit/

Come and join kayakers, rafters and spectators for a weekend of wet, wild fun on the river!

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Roger's Flat on the North Fork Feather