WHITEWATER

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SUMMER BEGINS HERE

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FESTIVAL HOURS

MAY 7-8, 2022

SATURDAY
9am - 8pm

SUNDAY
9am - 7pm

 

WHITEWATER IN 2022

 

NEW! CLINICS & SLALOM RACE HOSTED BY THE SIERRA NEVADA WHITEWATER CLUB

The Sierra Nevada Whitewater Club is inviting paddlers to a free clinic and slalom race next to the Reno River Festival! Participants in the clinic and the race can use any craft. The Sierra Nevada Whitewater Club will have the slalom gates up all weekend for public use. Anyone who is interested in learning about whitewater or who wants to brush up on their skills are welcome to attend.

The clinic and race are not part of the Reno River Festival. As always, if you enter the river, you do so at your own risk.

SATURDAY, MAY 7TH
10AM
Free Clinic hosted by the Sierra Nevada Whitewater Club

SUNDAY, MAY 8TH
NOON
Free Slalom Race hosted by the Sierra Nevada Whitewater Club

SURVEY OF LOCAL KAYAKERS & PROFESSIONAL WHITEWATER ATHLETES

A recent survey of local kayakers and professional whitewater athletes says change in baseflows, predicted low CFS, and the overall deterioration of the Truckee River Whitewater Park has made it unsuitable for professional whitewater competitions. The Reno River Festival has brought these concerns to the attention of the City of Reno. The city tells us that due to increasing costs and staff restraints, there is no definitive timeline to address the maintenance issues at the whitewater park.

The survey found significant challenges facing the return of whitewater events to downtown Reno beyond needed maintenance to the park. Many professional whitewater athletes have moved away from our area and are now scattered all over the world. Over the past two years, COVID forced the cancellation of competitive whitewater events in Northern Nevada and California. Kayakers surveyed say this part of the United States is no longer perceived as a whitewater destination, and there is a lack of interest by athletes to incur travel costs to come to the region.

The Arlington Bridge Project is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2024. Many kayakers surveyed believe this would be the perfect time to bring in a professional whitewater park designer to fix the features at the Truckee River Whitewater Park.

KAYAKERS, WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!

The Reno River Festival is working with the city of Reno. We want to hear more from the local kayaking community about what can be done to return professional whitewater events to downtown. Please contact us at team@liquidblueevents.com.

The Reno River Festival is working with the city of Reno. We want to hear more from the local kayaking community about what can be done to return professional whitewater events to downtown. Please contact us at team@liquidblueevents.com.

 

ABOUT THE TRUCKEE RIVER WHITEWATER PARK

The Reno River Festival was born in 2003 to celebrate the completion of the Truckee River Whitewater Park and a multi-million dollar downtown revitalization campaign. Over the years, the festival has showcased the top-ranking whitewater athletes in the world. It is truly a unique venue for whitewater competitors with two world-class features and the fun and exciting downtown Reno culture. The festival routinely draws over 40,000 visitors who enjoy sunning on the riverbanks, watching pro kayakers duke it out, listening to live music, shopping merchandise tents, sampling food and beverage gardens, and learning to kayak in the beginner channel.

The Truckee River Whitewater Park was designed with features at all water levels. Hole 3 was designed from 700 – 3,000 cfs, and hole 5 was designed at 400cfs to provide every freestyle move in the book to the discerning playboater. The weekend of the River Fest is set to coincide with the annual peak runoff on the Truckee River, giving us the greatest chance for perfect flows.

The River Festival kicks off the summer season in Reno/Tahoe and has been central to the worldwide marketing campaign for Reno/Tahoe.

The Reno River Festival is working with the city of Reno. We want to hear more from the local kayaking community about what can be done to return professional whitewater events to downtown. Please contact us at team@liquidblueevents.com.

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