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* Denotes an event organized by Rapids Riders Canoe & Kayak Club. All other events belong to the listed organization.
April 2019
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!
Details & Directions
June 2019
6/1 - 6/2 – Canoe U - Graduation Weekend*
Saturday & Sunday on the water classes.
Details about Canoe U

6/15 - 6/16 – Jim Falls Release - Chippewa Falls, WI*
Jim Falls, WI (~2h from Twin Cities)
10AM-3PM 650cfs
Directions

There is a sign in sheet at each Recreational Release at the Old Y Bridge just south of the Historical Marker put-in. PLEASE SIGN IN PRIOR TO GETTING ON THE WATER!

Boater participation for these releases is tracked by Xcel Energy and used by the Lower Chippewa River Implementation Team to make decisions in relation to Whitewater Recreation Releases at Jim Falls. Making your attendance known will help insure this great paddling spot remains available.
6/22 – Charles City Challenge, Iowa
Join us for fun on the Cedar River at this year's event in Charles City! The Charles City Challenge will include competitive kayak and SUP events for whitewater paddlers as well as fun for everyone else! Registration fee includes competition entry, event t-shirt, and chance to win one of many prizes.
July 2019
7/6 - 7/7 – Thompson Dam Recreational Release
St Louis River in Thompson MN

Releases are expected to be approximately 700 cfs
but are dependent on natural river flow at the time of the event.
7/13 - 7/14 – Bicentennial Riverfront Park Race
July 13, 2019: Bicentennial Riverfront Park race (citizen slalom) 

Yorkville, IL 

Course designed by long time slalom paddler Jim Tybinsky. Expect a course that is challenging but makeable in all boat types and most skill levels. 

Friday evening of fun events along the park including a cardboard regatta with Rib Festival and live music during the day on Saturday. 

Camping is available at the park for racers along with hotels, restaurants and grocery stores very close by. 

Sponsored by the Chicago Whitewater Association, contact Andy Cocallas (acocallas@sbcglobal.net) or 847-830-4877 (cell). 
Whitewater Festival Facebook Page [www.facebook.com
Chicago Whitewater Association [cwa.wildapricot.org

More information about this slalom race and the rest of the races in our citizen's race series can be found on the Buttercup website, [www.sws-wis.com] . At all events we enthusiastically welcome new and experienced racers, volunteers, and spectators.
7/20 - 7/21 – Jim Falls Release - Chippewa Falls, WI*
Jim Falls, WI (~2h from Twin Cities)
10AM-3PM 650cfs
Directions

There is a sign in sheet at each Recreational Release at the Old Y Bridge just south of the Historical Marker put-in. PLEASE SIGN IN PRIOR TO GETTING ON THE WATER!

Boater participation for these releases is tracked by Xcel Energy and used by the Lower Chippewa River Implementation Team to make decisions in relation to Whitewater Recreation Releases at Jim Falls. Making your attendance known will help insure this great paddling spot remains available.
July 2019
7/27 - 4/28 – Paddlemania!
Paddlemania and Blast to the Bridge down river race. Swiftwater Adventures hosts the annual celebration on the St Louis River in Carlton MN. For more information click here.
7/27 - 7/28 – Thompson Dam Recreational Release
St Louis river in Thompson MN.  

Releases are expected to be approximately 700 cfs
but are dependent on natural river flow at the time of the event.
August 2019
8/10 - 8/11 – Thompson Dam Recreational Release
St Louis River in Thompson MN

Releases are expected to be approximately 700 cfs
but are dependent on natural river flow at the time of the event.
8/17 - 8/18 – Jim Falls Release - Chippewa Falls, WI*
Jim Falls, WI (~2h from Twin Cities)
10AM-3PM 650cfs
Directions

There is a sign in sheet at each Recreational Release at the Old Y Bridge just south of the Historical Marker put-in. PLEASE SIGN IN PRIOR TO GETTING ON THE WATER!

Boater participation for these releases is tracked by Xcel Energy and used by the Lower Chippewa River Implementation Team to make decisions in relation to Whitewater Recreation Releases at Jim Falls. Making your attendance known will help insure this great paddling spot remains available.
September 2019
9/7 - 9/8 – Thompson Dam Recreational Release
St. Louis River In Thompson MN

Releases are expected to be approximately 700 cfs
but are dependent on natural river flow at the time of the event.
9/21 - 9/22 – Last Ditch Race
September 21, 2019: Wolf River Last Ditch race (citizen slalom) 

Last Ditch, Wolf River, Langlade, WI 

Tentative due to both a schedule reservation lockout that far in advance (they have a new process), and because we also need a race director. Willing to be a race director? Please reach out to the spring race director for the Wolf to get an idea of what that entails (Michelle Grimm (mmgrimm26@hotmail.com), Phone: 715-252-3506), or contact any other board member. 

Thursday 1PM preliminary gate setup and open practice. Friday Noon to 3 finalize gates on course. 3:30 PM, coaching groups and open practice, early registration. 

Saturday Registration 8:30 AM. Race start 10:30 AM, POT LUCK LUNCH 12:30-1:30. AWARDS at Bear Paw 6:30 PM. 

Class II. Course will be adjusted as needed to accommodate paddlers of all abilities. 

More information about this slalom race and the rest of the races in our citizen's race series can be found on the Buttercup website, [www.sws-wis.com] . At all events we enthusiastically welcome new and experienced racers, volunteers, and spectators.