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The League of Northwest Whitewater Racers is an all-volunteer group of paddlers in the Pacific Northwest. Under the auspices of the American Canoe Association, USA Canoe&Kayak, and the Washington Kayak Club, the League organizes wildwater races as well as races and training clinics in whitewater slalom. Come and join us!


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62nd ANNUAL 


SALMON LA SAC (aka:  Bottoms-Up Regatta) 

Whitewater Races and Weekend Gathering   

JUNE 3-4, 2023 

Read all about it HERE (PDF) or HERE (docx)

Results HERE

Ayla Wilk took a bunch of photos


Here are some photos of the K1W Cadet winners, K1 Cadet winners and Men’s Masters K1 Race boats. 
Also a photo from the Memorial toast Saturday night and two pics of our race director.




Northwest Whitewater Slalom Cup Race #3 is April 29-30, 2023

on the Chilliwack River in British Columbia (about 3 hours north of Seattle).

There will be classes for both plastic boats and race boats. 

The campground and the slalom course has been restored from last year’s flood!  

All the information, including Camping, Cost, Directions, and Schedule can be found at:



Bull Run Slalom Practice and River Run, Sat. April 8, 2023

Sandy, Oregon. Details HERE


Cedar Race Results By time HERE, Full Results HERE, By class HERE


With great sadness we will be celebrating the life of our beloved fellow paddler David "Z" Zimmerman Friday and Saturday March 24-25, 2023.  Dave died unexpectedly on March 12, 2023. Z was a stalwart of the Washington slalom community; Active as a racer, an instructor and an expert course constructor putting in many hours over 20 years.  Always happy to teach others and always showed up to help and race.  Z was a strong and beautiful paddler and won many races and numerous NW Cup Series titles. Together we were the best K2 paddling team west of the Mississippi!  Information on his memorial March 25 is here:  http://sites.google.com/view/davez/

There will also be a memorial slalom paddle on the Cedar Gates on March 24th from 2:30-5:30. A memorial paddle on the Middle Fork Snoqualmie still be held Saturday morning meeting 10 am at the Memorial site on the river.

With love, Jennie Goldberg


All of 2022 postings are HERE

Spring 2023 Racing News HERE





March 25-26BULL RUN SLALOM near Sandy, Oregon

The river is cooperating, but the weather will be a bit cold. Cold helps though as it keeps the river from being too high.  We are going forward with the race.  We will have the front gate latched, but not locked, this is the  right side which has a padlock that can be opened, then open the gate then  drive through and close it.  Drive very slowly through the property and down to the river. Park along the fence on your left.

Rufus and I will be there around 10:30 am until 2:00 pm on Friday then we will be there Sat and Sun from about 10 am onwards.  You launch your boats on by sliding them down a cement wall on river left.
David Johnson, Race Director
cell is 503 720 4854,  (but there is no cell service at the Bull Run slalom site)

April 1-2SPRING CEDAR SLALOM RACE - race info: DOCX or PDF

April 8-9 – Back-up date for Bull Run Slalom (if water too high or low).

April 22-23WKC SLALOM CLINICS – Intro on Saturday, Advanced on Sunday.    Register on WKC Website at https://wakayakclub.clubexpress.com/content.aspx?page_id=4001&club_id=821680

$5.00 for WKC members.  $15.00 everyone else.  Space limited.

April 29-30 - Rich Weiss Memorial Slalom - Tamihi Rapids Chilliwack, British Columbia.

CEDAR GATES PADDLING. – ‘tis the Season!  Flows are good.  Come join us.  All are welcome. Anyone may drop gates and paddle there anytime.  PLEASE, always pull the gates back up when done. 

Want to paddle with others?  Don’t know how to adjust the gates?  We’re out there frequently.  If you want to know when we go, please drop Jennie an email at theleague@nwwhitewater.org and ask to be on the texting and/or email list, to communicate last minute or planned times you’re going or would like to go!  I’ll often post on social media, but no guarantees as not everyone is on facebook.

Currently Jacob is often there on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Weekends are common also.  There are enthusiasts for both mid-day paddling and after work paddling (now that we have more daylight).  You’re bound to connect and the more the merrier and fun!


Sign up on WKC website.  And get your campground reservation soon!  (“Salmon la Sac campground”)

We hope to see everyone soon for WHITEWATER SLALOM FUN !!  It’s going to be an awesome year.



Northwest Whitewater Slalom Cup Series

Earn points at each race for end of season prizes!

For More information:   www.nwwhitewater.org

Curious about the Northwest Whitewater Slalom Cup Series? Want to know what it is all about? What types of boats are involved? What about ate groups? Read about it HERE.

Download the Cup Series Flier: PDF or DOCX or read about it below...


March 25-26 - Bull Run Slalom #1 *


Bull Run River, class III+, Sandy, OR

David Johnson   johnsoda7@gmail.com


April 1-2 - WKC Spring Cedar Slalom

Cedar River, class II+, Ravensdale, WA

Jennie Goldberg   theleague@nwwhitewater.org


April 22-23 – Cedar slalom Clinic **

Cedar River, class II+, Ravensdale, WA

Jacob Selander   selander.kayak@gmail.com


April 29-30 - Rich Weiss Memorial Slalom

Chilliwack River, class III, Chilliwack, B.C.

Jennie Goldberg   theleague@nwwhitewater.org


June 3-4 - WKC Salmon la Sac Slalom/Downriver

Cle Elum River, class II+, Roslyn, WA

Jennie Goldberg   theleague@nwwhitewater.org


July 22-23 – Slalom Clinic

Chilliwack River, class III, Chilliwack, B.C.

David Johnson   johnsoda7@gmail.com

Jennie Goldberg   theleague@nwwhitewater.org


November 4-5- WKC Fall Cedar Slalom

Cedar River, class II+, Ravensdale, WA

Bob Duffner   bduffner@comcast.net


November 18-19 - Bull Run Slalom #2

Bull Run River, class III+, Sandy, OR

David Johnson   johnsoda7@gmail.com


* If cancelled due to water level, alternate weekend is April 8-9

** Intro to Slalom/Beginners Saturday,   Advanced Sunday


2022 NW Cup Overall Winners HERE

2022 NW Cup Totals by Name HERE


 Camping reservations for the Salmon la Sac campground have been open for several months at Recreation.gov, so secure your site now as spots go fast.  https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/232094


this page updated on: Wednesday June 07, 2023 04:23 PM -0700