April 2017

4/1 - 5/31 – Jim Falls Spring Release

April 1st through May 31st - 24/7 - 850 cfs

The river is running high for sturgeon spawning. Get on over there and take advantage of it. Be sure to use the sign in sheet!

Jim Falls Whitewater
Details & Directions


May 2017

5/5 - 5/7 – Kettle River Paddle Festival

Kettle River Paddle Festival #11

“Laid back and action packed”  this early season whitewater paddling event is perfect for paddlers of all skill levels; fun whitewater and excellent surfing on the beautiful and clean Kettle River.

5/7 – Canoe U Intro Night

Introductory classroom and pool session for all Fundamentals students.
(Not for Refresher or Continuum students.)
5-9pm at the Brooklyn Center Pool
About Canoe U

5/13 - 5/14 – Wausau Rec Release

Saturday & Sunday 10AM-4PM

5/20 - 5/21 – Canoe U Weekend

Saturday & Sunday on the water classes.
Details about Canoe U!

June 2017

6/3 - 6/4 – Canoe U - Graduation Weekend

Saturday & Sunday on the water classes.
Details about Canoe U

6/10 - 6/11 – Wausau Rec Release

10AM-4PM Saturday and Sunday

6/10 - 6/11 – Canoe U Survivors River Run

On the Chippewa River near Jim Falls, WI. the damn is releasing 650 cfs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

There will be experienced boaters there to help recent Canoe U participants take advantage of this most excellent run.

This is not an official part of Canoe U, but we encourage all you newbies to show up. Might as well put those hard earned skills to work and have some fun in the process.

Jim Falls Whitewater
Run Details & Directions


6/24 - 6/25 – Wausau Rec Release

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

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.

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.