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Roaring River Slalom Race

Come and practice your skills at the Roaring River Slalom Race! Mt Canoes will have demo boats available for use. Come and join the fun!

Roaring River Whitewater Slalom Race August 26 – 27, 2017 Northwest Whitewater Cup Series

The Roaring River Slalom race will be held on the Clackamas River outside of Estacada on Highway 224 at approximately mile post 41, directly across the road from the Roaring River Campground.  


This means a new rapid will appear on a class two section of water at the mouth of the Roaring River---a new rapid defined by a series of green and red gates. Green means you pass through down steam, red means you pass through upstream.

No Swag!

This is a citizen’s race, put on by paddlers for paddlers. Slalom practice is a great opportunity to hone your paddling skills because each stroke's effect can be measured by the stationary gates, and each stroke is essential to guide and control your boat through a series of maneuvers. 

You can see padders execute different stroke sequences and strategies, and then practice your strokes to find the best lines down the rapid.

No Vendors!

Thursday August 24th, and Friday the 26th we build the gates. Volunteers are always needed and welcomed. It takes a team of 5 with people on both sides of the river. Bring gloves, hiking shoes, wire cutters (and boating gear), meet people and have some fun watching a course appear. Rufus Knapp will design a course to baffle and thrill. (Contact Rufus at to help, or just show up!)

Saturday is the practice day. The course is open to all comers. 

Saturday a clinic for those who seek more structured practice. (Good idea!) The cost ($20) will be the entry race fee, which allows clinic participants to race Sunday. Contact Paul Kuthe,, 503-285-0464, to register for the clinic. 

Saturday afternoon at 3:30 there will be a timed team race where 3 friends run the course together. 

Saturday evening Alder Creek sponsors a Barbeque in the Roaring River Campground.

Sunday---the race.  The course is closed to all except those who wish to be timed. This is the culmination of Saturday’s practice. Some paddlers go for consistency, the closest match between two timed runs. Some go for speed. Some simply run to make all the gates, but all enjoy the pleasure of encouraging and supporting other paddlers. This is not carnage, this is skill.


Post Script---Lisa Day organizes this event and she is in need of a medically trained person, or persons, to volunteer on Saturday and Sunday to act as medical consultant in the unlikely event of an injury. Forest Service requirement for the event. If you are such a person, or know someone who might help, please contact Lisa at




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