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 IV inflatable downriver race, class V hardshell downriver race, primitive camping, dinner, beer, party, silent auction, raffle prizes 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 American Whitewater, 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
WHITEWATER EVENTS WILL HAVE ON-SITE REGISTRATION ONLY
DOWNRIVER RACE AND SLALOM FEES
American Whitewater Member:
Individual - Kayak/Inflatable $20 or Raft Team $15 per Paddler
Family - Same as individual + $5 for each additional family member entered
Standard - $40 ($35 Standard AW Membership + $5 ACA Insurance)
Affiliate Club Member/Student - $30 ($25 ACM/Student AW Membership + $5 ACA Insurance}
Each Additional Race - $5 (ACA Insurance)
LOW FLOW SLALOM COURSE PRACTICE - ALL DAY (BASE FLOWS)
FILM FESTIVAL AND RAFFLE 7-10 PM $10.00 ENTRY
TOBIN CLASS V HARDSHELL DOWNRIVER RACE
* Registration 8:30 am to 12:00 pm
* Race Participants Meeting 12:30 pm
* Staggered Starts begin at 1:00 pm
The Tobin Downriver Race is a challenging Class V race covering 1.8 miles. From the start line to the Rock Crest Bridge (aka The Green Bridge), the river drops 150 vertical feet for 1.2 miles with the 0.9 miles between the Twin Bridges and the Rock Crest Bridge being where the action really happens. There is no lack of challenging whitewater. The action packed Class V reach has giant boulder gardens with only a few named rapids, classics like “Cleaver”, “El Patron/Double Drop” and “Piece of Risa”. There are a number of unnamed rapids too that require racers to know the lines well and stay focused the entire race. The finish line is upstream of the Storrie Bridge, where racers are cheered across the finish.
There will be 4 categories: Men's Long Boat, Women's Long Boat, Men's Short Boat and Women's Short Boat. Racers must have Class V experience and 2 years experience on Tobin. All racers must use familiar equipment (boat & paddle) no demo gear allowed.
LOBIN CLASS IV INFLATABLE DOWNRIVER RACE
* Registration 8;00 am to 10:30 am
* Race Participants Meeting 10:45 am
* Race Starts at 11:00 am
The Lobin Inflatable Downriver Race is an exciting Class IV race covering .6 miles. Starting at the Rock Crest Bridge (aka The Green Bridge), racers are required to navigate 3 major class IV drops in rapid succession. These challenging rapids require racers to know the lines well and stay focused the entire race. The first rapid bears special attention with a wrap rock in the main channel just downstream of the first drop. Several rapids in this stretch are blind with difficult features. The finish line is upstream of the Storrie Bridge, where racers are cheered across the finish line.
There will be 2 categories: R2 and inflatable kayak with an additional R4 category open if there are a minimum of 3 R4 teams competing. Individual racers and all members of the race team must have Class IV experience. Additionally, individual racers and one member of a race team must be familiar with the lines and have 2 years experience on Lobin. All racers must use familiar equipment (boat & paddle) no demo gear allowed.
ROCKCREEK CLASS II-III SLALOM
* Slalom Practice - All Day
AMERICAN WHITEWATER PARTY, SILENT AUCTION & RAFFLE 7PM - 12AM $5.00 ENTRY
Music provided by BOOT JUICE - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTsXtMqxbfk
ROCKCREEK CLASS II-III SLALOM
* Registration 8:00 am to 10:30 am
* Slalom Participants Meeting 10:45 am
* Slalom Race Starts at 11:00 am
We are always in need of awesome volunteers! If you are interested in volunteering for 2019 REGISTER HERE https://forms.gle/Quy89iwzCGK4aRV69
- 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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