Fort Smith Paddling Club

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

Slave River Paddlefest, August 1st-4th 2014

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 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!  


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!


Early Boater Online registration opens June 3rd, 2014 and is closed July 15th 2014

Late Boater registration closes August 1st 2014. No registration past August 1st. 

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