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Pro Tips: Western River Festivals

By: Michael Hughes, March 1, 2024

Whitewater River Festivals are a joyous celebration of all things rivers and the outdoors. They range in size, river difficulty, and typically have a party for all to celebrate. From...

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Wind River Race

Upper Wind Whitewater Festival

By: Michael Hughes, March 23, 2023

The sun is shinning and snow is starting to melt! Whitewater festival time is here! The 2023 Upper Wind Whitewater Festival kicked off spring last weekend. Lower flows kept many...

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Smith River

Events: BoatSmith

By: K.M. Collins, February 28, 2023

BoatSmith is a beloved whitewater festival and race held happens annually on the Smith River near Gasquet, CA. As a mid-February season opener to whitewater races, it’s a home-town throwdown...

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R2 rafters at Boatsmith whitewater race photo by Nicole

PNW Paddle Profile: Nicole Smedegaard

By: K.M. Collins, March 31, 2022

Southern Oregon local and decade deep river guide Nicole Smedegaard has launched a new business Nature Nicole Whitewater (NNWW) LLC which serves in educating the river community (both private boaters...

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Racers Getting Ready

Events: Upper Wind Whitewater Festival 2022

By: Michael Hughes, March 22, 2022

The short winter days are gone, its starting to rain, and snow is melting. Spring is here! This past weekend folks from all corners of the paddling world gathered at...

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Mark Paddling the Cheoah River

Paddle Sports in the COVID-19 Era Pt. 4

By: Michael Hughes, March 5, 2021

This week I spoke with the Executive Director of American Whitewater, Mark Singleton. As we have learned over the past few weeks, getting outside was popular in 2020. Let's see...

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Cataraft on the South Fork of the Smith River Gorge

Top 6 Whitewater Runs on California's Smith River

By: Zach, January 31, 2020

BoatSmith is a few weeks away, which means whitewater paddlers from across the west will be migrating to Northern California’s Smith River. This is the only watershed in California with...

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Boating Time on the Smith River

Event: First Annual BoatSmith

By: Michael Hughes, February 20, 2019

River festivals can be tough to plan, organize, and execute. There are a ton of details from sponsors and vendors, shuttle logistics, and of course, there needs to be water...

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Kayak Slalom at the Upper Clackamas Whitewater Festival

Event: Upper Clackamas River Festival 2015

By: Michael Hughes, May 7, 2015

Flowers are blooming, the days are getting longer, and rain clouds are doing their best to produce some precipitation. That means it is spring, with summer not to far off....

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Kayaker at Ti’lomikh Falls

Event: King of the Rogue 2014

By: Molly, August 15, 2014

Boating for a good cause is kind of the best thing ever. Especially if it means you could be named "King of the Rogue." Who wouldn't want to be named...

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