Fort Smith Paddling Club

Paddling, Promoting and Protecting the Slave River
Home to the Slave River Paddlefest

What is the Slave River Paddlefest?

Slave River Paddlefest is a long weekend of friendly, big-water fun!  The water is warm, the waves are huge, and the people are friendly. What's not to love?


Our festival began as a whitewater kayaking weekend, and it has expanded to incorporate kayaks, rafts, canoes, SUPs, voyageur canoes a curious number of inflatable pool toys for a week of action. We run clinics, river trips, races and competitions for paddlers of all skill levels, as well as "learn to kayak" clinics and games for kids, youth and adults. We also have lots of activities for spectators, including guided “meet the river” hikes, a community feast, as well as "Introduction to Awesome," which allows spectators to run through the rapids in a two-person whitewater kayak or a raft.


Our event really is about inclusion. We have everything from a Big Air Surf competition with cash prizes for advanced paddlers to a family flatwater paddle and picnic. We have games and events for every level of paddler - it's all about getting out there and having a great time!  Our prizes are also given out on the basis of participation - most of our prizes are drawn out of a hat - you definitely don't need to be the best paddler to win the best prize. We have some awesome sponsors, so we're giving away some amazing prizes!


The Slave River is one of the best big-water paddling destinations in the world, with good reason. Come check it out for yourself! Slave River Paddlefest - it's worth the drive!


For the 2013 Paddlefest Schedule, click here!


Online registration opens June 20, 2013

Thanks to our 2013 Paddlefest Sponsors!

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