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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, join us!


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Fall Cedar River Slalom/Downriver Practice & Races - November 5 and 6

Washington Kayak Club Presents the last event in the 2022 NW Whitewater Cup Series!
Open to all whitewater boats, open canoes, plastic kayaks, slalom kayaks and canoes, K-2's, and IK's

Shake off the winter rust on the Cedar River Slalom Course!  This event is open to all whitewater paddlers with skills to paddle class II+.  No previous experience with slalom necessary.  See schedule below. Saturday the course is open to all for fun and practice. Feel free to join us even if you can't race on Sunday (although we'll be disappointed...).  Sunday it's all about fast clean runs, having fun watching, and cheering on the boating community.  There will be race classes for all boat types, gender, and ages.  Come.   It's super fun to paddle gates, to watch and to race. 

Cedar River Slalom Course
Where the Issaquah-Hobart road crosses the Cedar River at Landsburg, in Ravensdale
Near Maple Valley, WA 
Landsburg Park

Class II+
Race Classes: by gender, age, and type of boat (both plastic and raceboats) 

Cost: ** discounted for online registration


$10.00 Saturday/Sunday ** discounted for online registration
$15.00 Saturday/Sunday - at event
$5.00 Saturday/Sunday - kids 17 and under

This is a WKC Trip - all course users must complete the online click-through waiver.. BONUS ** If you register online, you will get the entire weekend for $10 ($5 discount).
If you are unable to register online, it helps if you can please email your intent to race and include your class, gender, age, and type of boat to Bob by Nov 5 @ 8pm

Saturday Schedule:
Course is open all day for practice
Race director will be there form 10am - 5pm (approx.) for on-site registration 

Sunday Schedule:
10:00 am.  -- Mandatory Racerís Meeting 
10:30 a.m. - 12 noon -- Morning races 
1 - 2:30 p.m. -- Afternoon races
3:30 p.m. (approx.) -- Awards Ceremony

YES!!  Worth sticking around for!

Camping Nearby:
8 miles away at Kanaskat-Palmer State Park



The 61st Anniversary of Washington Kayak Club's FABULOUS Slalom la Sac Slalom Race held June 4-5, 2022

was made more fabulous by higher than "normal" flows

due to a deluge of rain that made Noah's flood look like a drizzle.

These images were taken by James Wakeling - click the thumbnail to make them bigly.

SLS 2022 Race info HERE or HERE.

Results are HERE or HERE


Noah's Flood Comes to Salmon la Sac?

The 61st annual Washington Kayak Club sponsored Salmon la Sac (aka. Bottoms-Up Regatta) whitewater races were held on the Cle Elum River, Saturday-Sunday, June 2-3, 2022 during numerous intermittent heavy downpours that had boaters wondering if Noah's Flood had indeed arrived for a second go-around. From Thursday afternoon when course set-up began until Sunday when course deconstruction was complete it rained inches of Northwest "sunshine" and the river's flow nearly doubled from 2600 CFS to 4600 CFS. The river level made for a challenging course but racers only saw that as ramping up the fun a notch or two. 

The downriver race on Saturday from the top of the slalom course to French Creek road bridge set some record times for the array of boat types as there was no long slog at the end.  Other paddlers elected for the group river run instead and spent quite a bit of time at the awesome surf wave part-way down the course. 

Helping build the slalom course, designed by Jacob Selander, were SLS course setter-uppers Dawn Meekhof, Victor Kress, Bob Duffner, Marc Leonard, Rufus Knapp, Jacob Selander, Karl Guntheroth, and Jim Good.  This was a team well-versed in working under adverse sunshine conditions so they saw the rain not as an added impediment but as a welcome change from the norm. Wires were hung for a total of 21 gates with the lower part of the course seeing some challenging moves where the boiling whirlpools and swirlies kept paddlers fighting to keep their boats upright and flat past the finish line under the campground access bridge. There was the expected carnage at this lower part of the course providing much competition for the coveted "Tip-over Trophy."  When the river continued to rise on Sunday, our course designer came up with an easier course option, Course A, so most everyone could participate.

SLS Trophy winners included: 

Fastest boat:  Marcel Potocny and Shaun Smith tied

Fastest Woman:  Boo Turner

Best Run by Someone New to Slalom:  Kirk Tickell

Tip-Over Trophy:  Lucas Nelson

Cutest Dog:  Ethel (owner:  Dane Anderson)

OC-1:  Marc Leonard

Fastest Junior:  Hayden McGowan

Full results can be found

Prizes this year were 12 ounce drinking glasses with a beautifully rendered and colorful sticker of  jumping salmon. Course Set-up crew devoured a full batch of chocolate chip cookie bars and Katie provided race day refreshments to competitors and their friends.

The annual Clive Lister Memorial Toast was hosted by the race director in Campsite #2 on Saturday night. This is an event that allows us all to not only remember the passing of slalom race enthusiast and promoter, Clive Lister, but all the other boaters who have passed away over the years.

The Salmon la Sac slalom race is a fun, family-oriented, annual tradition sponsored by the Washington Kayak Club. It has been held the first full weekend of June since 1961, making it the longest continuous slalom race in the world. Mark your calendars for next year because 2023 is going to be a great time!


Bull Run 2022 results HERE

Record turn-out and record warm temperatures for the best 2022 Spring Cedar Slalom Race ever!

Spring Cedar Race results HERE (PDF) or HERE (Numbers)

Spring Cedar Race video by Kanako Iwata-Eng

Kyleís blog post about the spring cedar 2022 race:


Also, see our Facebook page for Jacobís pics and story about the race!



April 2-3, 2022 Bull Run, Oregon, Slalom info HERE

March 26-27, 2022 Spring Cedar Slalom Race info HERE

Final    2022 Whitewater Race Schedule

Reservations as of May 20 are filled. Get there early to get your non-reserved campsite!!!!!

Campsite reservations for the Salmon La Sac race are open and are going FAST! Trust us, there's even more demand this year. To make your reservation go to  https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/232094

Race Headquarters has reserved Campsite 002.  It would be great if sites on either side are full of racers, so make your reservation now!

The Clive Lister annual toast will be in site 002


The Chilliwack Slalom course was destroyed by the November flooding. 
 If you can, please support their "Build Back Better" campaign.

The Cedar course is fortunately in good shape.  We'll be back out there "Training" as soon as the level drops.  Stay tuned.  And the Bend crowd has been training into the winter months. http://www.nwwhitewater.org/training.htm


New! Zastera Clipper Wildwater Boat For Sale. Info HERE.


Cedar Whitewater Races November 6-7, 2021 Results!

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this page updated on: Tuesday October 04, 2022 11:54 AM -0700