July 2017

7/15 - 7/16 – Wausau Rec Release

10AM-4PM Saturday and Sunday

7/22 - 7/23 – Jim Falls Release and Beginner Whitewater Kayaking

Jim Falls, WI (~2h from Twin Cities)
10AM-4PM 650cfs

See the Jim Falls Whitewater website for more information about the kayaking course.

7/29 - 7/30 – Paddlemania

2017 St. Louis River Rendezvous
At the Outpost in Thomson, Minnesota.

Paddlemania is an annual event where whitewater paddlers from around the region and nation come together to enjoy the beauty and the challenge of the St. Louis River. Paddlemania is also for those interested in getting into whitewater paddling and for those folks that enjoy watching whitewater paddling.

Paddlemania Website

August 2017

8/5 - 8/6 – Wausau Rec Release

Saturday and Sunday 10:00am - 4:00pm

8/12 - 8/13 – Buttercup Slalom Races - Jim Falls

Buttercup Series whitewater slalom race at Jim Falls of the Chippewa, at Jim Falls, WI. Strong class II water.
All levels of skill are welcome to the race and people new to whitewater competition are encouraged to participate. It's a low pressure, high fun thing to do.

Practice water on Saturday 10am - 4pm.
Race on Sunday registration starting at 8:30am.

Meet at the Old Hwy Foot Bridge parking lot on the west side of the river north of county highway Y on Hwy 178.

Jim Falls Whitewater website

Venue Details & Directions

ButterCup Whitewater Slalom Series website


8/19 - 8/20 – Midwest Freestyle Championships - Wausau

Freestyle Competition at Wausau Whitewater Park.
Multiple class levels - beginner or advanced. Drawing for a new Jackson kayak and other prizes.
More Info

September 2017

9/16 - 9/17 – Wausau Rec Release

Final Flow Weekend
Saturday and Sunday 10am-4pm

Rapids Riders seeks to promote the responsible enjoyment of whitewater canoeing and kayaking. We provide American Canoe Association (ACA) certified instruction in techniques and safety; coordinate informational activities and competitions; work with local agencies and private concerns to promote river stewardship and ensure the future of whitewater paddle sports in the upper Midwest.