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Colorado Whitewater (CW) is an all-volunteer organization that promotes the sport of whitewater kayaking in the Rocky Mountain Region. We introduce new kayakers to whitewater, teach paddling techniques, promote and teach whitewater safety, and support racing and freestyle kayak competitions.

In addition, our mission is to inform the public about river access, conservation, and other general issues concerning rivers and wilderness, while working to resolve problems related to those issues.

What’s Happening

Poudre Weekend 2015
Come camp, kayak, and hang out with friends June 5-7 on the Poudre River. There will be organized cruises on the Filter Plant run, a fun Class II+ on Saturday and Sunday. If you're just learning to kayak, this is the perfect run for you! We'll need volunteers to help lead and sweep. If you'd just like to camp with the group and then organize your own run, go for it! Everyone must register if you plan on camping at the KOA near Ted's Place. We'll have a group potluck on Saturday evening. Learn more >

ACA Swiftwater Rescue Clinics
Somewhere, at sometime, you will wish you knew what to do in a river emergency. Just rescuing gear can turn into a nightmare, never mind rescuing a person. Quick response time and the knowledge to set up a rescue safely are skills you should have as a boater. Make this the year to bring your rescue skills to a higher level. Kayakers must be of Class II-III ability. This clinic qualifies as an ACA sanctioned course. Learn more >

CW's 2015 Kayaking Classes
Each year, CW offers kayaking classes taught by ACA certified instructors for our members. We offer classes for beginners, kids, intermediates, roll tune-up and women's only classes. If you're interested in learning to kayak or just to improve your skill level, Colorado Whitewater is the best place to do it! Our 2015 instruction schedule has been set and you can sign up now.  Learn more >

Kim Saltus Johnston Memorial
The world lost a passionate adventurer and citizen October 6, 2012 with the passing of Kim Saltus Johnston; please join us as we honor her.
The family of Kim Saltus Johnston is working to dedicate a memorial along the banks of the Arkansas River and wanted to give all of those who knew her an opportunity to join in this endeavor. Kim had an enduring connection for over 30 years with the Arkansas, the Town of Buena Vista and particularly the river community that has called it their home, so it is only fitting that we place a memorial here to her spirit where the friends that she made here can join with the friends she would have made and perhaps tell a story or two that inspires others to live life exceptionally, just as she did. Donations for the memorial will be accepted through May 31st.  Learn more >
Looking to join Colorado Whitewater?
Are you just getting started kayaking and looking for a great way to start running rivers? Or perhaps an experienced paddler who'd like to meet local boaters and give something back to the Colorado whitewater community? Then join Colorado Whitewater today!

Thank you to our sponsors!
The support from businesses helps CW achieve its mission as a nonprofit organization. We appreciate our partnerships with these businesses and encourage our members to support them as well. View our sponsors >

Upcoming Events

05/30/2015 • Lyons, Colorado
05/30/2015 9:30 AM • N. Saint Vrain Creek
06/05/2015 • Teds Place, KOA Campground
06/09/2015 6:00 PM • Bear Creek Lake Park, Soda Lakes
06/10/2015 • Clear Creek Whitewater Park, Golden Colorado
06/14/2015 • Poudre River
06/17/2015 • Clear Creek Whitewater Park, Golden Colorado
06/18/2015 • Salida, Colorado
06/24/2015 • Clear Creek Whitewater Park, Golden Colorado
06/26/2015 • Cañon City, Colorado
CW is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
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