The 2015 Six-Mile Creek Whitewater and Bluegrass Festival will be held on Saturday, August 8th, 2015 and features extreme mass-start whitewater kayak, pack raft, and POOL TOY races!
The Festival will include five bands (Big Fat Budhha, The Shoot Dangs, Blackwater Railroad Company, Kat Moore and Angelina Moore), a raffle for awesome prizes, and award ceremony, fire spinning and aerial silks, free festival & competition entry, free camping and parking, and good company.
It is also very special because we are having a Viking Burial for our late kayaking friend Xavier Engle.
Event organizer Tim Johnson has started a kickstarter campaign to crowd fund the costs of holding the festival.
More information at : http://timmystoyota.blogspot.com/2015/07/six-mile-creek-whitewater-and-bluegrass.html
Beaver Sports will be hosting their third and final Chena River Canoe Race of the season on Tuesday, July 28 at 7 p.m.
This free event will meet at Graehl Landing (in front of Pro Music) on the Chena River to register and then cast off at 7 p.m. This race will end at THE PUMP HOUSE.
All paddle-powered floating vehicles are welcome. This means kayaks, paddleboards, canoes, etc. You and and your team will be categorized based on your mode of floating. Prizes will be awarded at the end of the race.
Everyone must wear life jackets.
Everyone must sign a waiver.
So pick out your team name and be ready to go Tuesday night!
On the Reindeer Hills section we float the Nenana River between 18 mile Denali
Highway and the “Windy Bridge” on the Parks Highway a few miles north of Cantwell,
starting Saturday, spending the night on the river and taking out late Sunday
afternoon. Tentatively, let’s meet at 11 am at the Windy Bridge takeout; remember there are construction delays on the way from Fairbanks. I’ll have to check into whether we have to pay for parking there.
Please let me know ASAP if you’re interested; I may leave town on Friday. June Thomasson 479-2434, jthomasson_99 at yahoo.com; co-leading with Alan Batten.
Here’s a description of the river and the trip: The put-in is on the Denali
Highway, about 18 miles east of Cantwell. The river parallels the road for a few
miles, then cuts north behind the Reindeer Hills, returning to the take-out on the
Parks Highway at “Windy Bridge”. It is a fast-moving, glacial-fed river requiring
maneuvering and river reading skills. This section is class 1-2. A set of rapids,
perhaps a mile (or three?) long starts near where the river turns away from the
Denali Highway. They are straightforward with waves up to two feet high but no
large obstacles. However, there are a few large rocks near the waterline lurking
near the tail end of the rapidy section so those must be watched for. There are
sweepers and strainers as on most interior rivers. It is definitely a step up from
the upper Chena, but not as challenging as lower sections of the Nenana. If you are
comfortable on the upper Chena and are looking for a little more challenge, this
may be the trip for you. It is beautiful, scenery-wise, especially after the river
leaves the road and goes into the hills. We camp at one of a couple of places:
there’s the Brushkasna Creek site, and there are a couple of islands and a site on
river left above Brushkasna Creek that make good campsites too. We should get off
the river Sunday afternoon at around 4 or 5 p.m.
We could easily have some rain on the trip and the nights can be quite chilly,
sometimes even freezing. The river water is extremely cold. A drysuit and fleece
layering would be nice; rain gear and extra clothes are a must. Participants
should be current members of the club. You can join online with Paypal, or we’ll have membership forms on hand for those
who need them.
Food: Everyone should bring their own lunches. I might come up with or coordinate breakfast….
We’ll try to coordinate dinner for Saturday night. Maybe we can all bring a little something to share.
Join the fun near Denali Park for the longest running whitewater festival in Alaska!
The 39th annual Nenana River Fest 2015 will start with a barbecue at Denali Outdoor Center at Otto Lake on Friday evening, July 10th. Camping spots are reserved for the event. Camping is $8 per person.
The downriver race from Jonesville Bridge to Twin Rocks starts on Saturday, July 11th at noon. Racers can sign up at Kingfisher Creek before the race on Saturday. The downriver race will be followed by a boatercross on Razorback/Rooster Tail, and a rodeo on whatever wave is looking best.
Saturday’s post event party is at the 49th State Brewery!
The Nenana River Wildwater Festival is always a great time to get together with boaters from across the state and run some big water.
Lee Pownall is organizing this year’s event. See the Facebook event at: https://www.facebook.com/events/377494192454565/
The Paddlers’ annual cleanup of the Chena River through town is scheduled for Wednesday, May 20 this year and will be a continuation of the Wednesday evening float trips for the summer. We will meet at Graehl Landing (just upstream from the Wendell Street bridge) at 6:00 p.m., set shuttle to the Pioneer Park landing at Peger Road, and plan on launching from Graehl promptly at 6:30. Once on the water people travel more or less at their own pace, stopping to pick up trash on the riverbanks. Usually, everybody is out of the water by 9:00 or 10:00.
Cleaning up the Chena River is one of the contributions our club makes to the community of Fairbanks, and is also a commitment we have made to the Adopt-a-Stream program of the Tanana Valley Watershed Association. For this activity we are recognized by two nice signs placed by the TVWA near the river at Graehl and Pioneer Park.
Trash bags will be provided. Participants should bring mud boots, raincoat, gloves, warm clothes, extra clothes, mosquito repellent, drinking water and something to snack on as well as some sort of craft to paddle. Don’t forget your life-jacket!
We will attempt to separate out clean aluminum in separate bags for recycling. We need to take the trash directly to the dump (as opposed to sticking it in dumpsters) so that the Borough can keep track of the volunteer cleanup effort and so that we can report our haul to American Rivers. My truck will be available for stuffing full of trash at the take-out.
For more information contact Alan Batten, or at 488-3205.
Chena River Cleanup 2014 crew and results
Our annual Upper Chena Paddle and Potluck will take place on Saturday May 16. This year we’ll launch at the first bridge (approximately Mile 37 Chena Hot Springs Road) and take out at the mile 31.4 river access (the Nugget Creek winter trailhead). This section has been challenging in recent years due to a new log-infested channel just upstream of the takeout in the vicinity of the Chena River Public Use Cabin.
This year we’ll pack our food, grill, tables chairs, etc into the boats and have our potluck on a “remote” gravel bar along the way. We hope there will be enough canoes to help carry stuff for the kayakers. The trip will occur rain or shine.
Meet at the First Bridge (big gravel bar downstream from the bridge, accessed by signed dirt road on the right just before the bridge, then left at the fork out to the gravel bar) at 10 am. We’ll unload gear, run a couple vehicles down to the take out, and launch. Plan to be off the river by late afternoon. It takes about an hour to get to
the first bridge from downtown Fairbanks.
To come on this trip, you will need to be a current FP member (we’ll have membership applications/renewals with us), wear a PFD, carry spare clothes and rain gear, and be at least an advanced beginner paddler with experience in swift water and the ability to confidently maneuver a boat to avoid sweepers and strainers. The Upper Chena is Class I, and woody debris in the river constitutes the main hazard.
Hope to see you on the river!
Upper Chena Paddle and Potluck, 2010
The weekly Bubble Street Cartoon, by Paul Mason
In the next few weeks, streams all over northern Alaska will be open for adventures! Packrafting has become one of the fastest growing means of exploring Alaska’s rivers. Take advantage of an opportunity to try out your boat, practice paddling and rescue skills and meet fellow packraft enthusiasts on warm water. Kayakers have been having fun at Hamme Pool on Monday nights from 7 to 9 pm from January through May since the 1980’s. There are only a few more boating nights this spring: May 4, May 11, and May 18.
Fairbanks Paddlers and Northern Alaska Packrafts would like to encourage interior pack rafters to show up for the May 4 boating night at Hamme pool. There is no formal clinic or instruction being offered. Just show up with your boat, paddle, and a smile. You might just:
- Meet other boaters
- Share boat accessories and modifications (paddles, gear storage, seat modifications, spray decks, thigh straps, backbands, rescue gear)
- Practice paddling skills
- Practice self-rescues, re-entering a capsized raft, and partner-rescues
- See if anyone can eskimo roll a packraft
- Plan some outings
- Play paddling polo
The shallow section of the pool is used for informal pickup kayak polo between 8:15 and 9 pm. Rules loosely followed, but helmets are highly recommended to reduce risk of injury from wild paddle blades or balls. Hockey, ski, skateboard, or bike helmets work if you don’t have a dedicated helmet for boating. The pool supervisor indicated that pack rafters could use the deep end of the pool to have their own game if there are a lot of kayakers (usually there are 5-6 per team). We’ll have have a shortened court and improvised goals.
Pool access is 5$. If your boat is full of silt and dirt from last fall’s adventures, please rinse it out before coming.
The warm weather reminds us that the rivers will be opening up soon and our thoughts will be turning toward moving water. Dues for the 2015 season are due at the beginning of April. Now might be a good time to think about paying them before we start getting the boats ready. Right now we have 28 households who are either life members or who have already paid for the 2015 season. There are 58 households whose memberships expire at the end of this month and another 45 households whose memberships expired a year ago. If you aren’t certain of your membership status please feel free to write to me and ask (though I’ll be away from email March 22-28). We’ve played with the idea of putting membership info on the web but haven’t been able to figure out how to deal with privacy concerns. We are beginning to put the calendar of club trips together and membership is required to participate in them.
Dues remain at $10 per person per year, or $15 per household. If you sign up as a household, please provide the names of all the people in the household. We also have life memberships available for $100. Then you won’t have to worry each year about whether you are current or not. There is no household (family) option for life memberships–everyone who wants one has to pay the full $100. There is also a business membership available for $150 which carries certain advertising privileges.
To renew (or join for the first time) either download a membership form to print, fill out and mail in, or, even easier, use our online form with payment through Paypal.
See you on the river!
Please join us at Food Factory, 7 pm on Thursday March 19th for an evening of slides and stories about paddling in the Gates of the Arctic. Here’s an excerpt:
Four friends paddled the Nigu, Etivluk, and Colville Rivers for 2 weeks in August 2014, starting in Gates of the Arctic National Park and taking out at Killik Bend. They saw a wolverine, a few grizzlies, and many small groups of caribou amidst the big scenery of the Brooks Range and arctic foothills. See images of Inupiaq tent rings, colorful bluffs, and fossils along with some video clips of people appreciating the wild lands and rivers in our great state.
Sponsored by Fairbanks Paddlers – Public is welcome.
Arrive early to get a good table and order some food and beverage!
Board meeting precedes the slideshow at 6:00 pm.