Black Canyon of The Bear Whitewater Festival

Black Canyon of The Bear Whitewater Festival The Black Canyon of the Bear Whitewater Festival will be held April 27, 2019, in Grace, Idaho, on the class IV/V section of the Bear River. Every April out in Grace, Idaho: Whitewater, BBQ, live music, awesome prizes, great cause

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The Bear is back! Join us this weekend for a unique fall release on the Bear River. Plan to race against your amigos on ...
09/09/2021

The Bear is back! Join us this weekend for a unique fall release on the Bear River. Plan to race against your amigos on Sunday afternoon. Register at the put-in dam and float down to the start. Hope to see lots of y'all there!

The Bear is back! Join us this weekend for a unique fall release on the Bear River. Plan to race against your amigos on Sunday afternoon. Register at the put-in dam and float down to the start. Hope to see lots of y'all there!

Thanks to everyone who raced, volunteered, and sponsored the 2019 Bear River Race. Stoked to have this event back, we wi...
04/29/2019

Thanks to everyone who raced, volunteered, and sponsored the 2019 Bear River Race. Stoked to have this event back, we will make it bigger and better for next year! Congrats to Russell Davies on another Bear River win, and old man Aaron Pruzan from Rendezvous River Sports/ Jackson Hole Kayak School bringing home second. Porter Bankhead rounded out the podium. Head over to our website for full results: http://www.jhkayakclub.org/bear

04/29/2019

The 2019 Bear Race Champion, @Russell Davies, running the meat of Booboo.

04/29/2019

Porter Bankhead in Booboo on his way to a 3rd place finish.

We’ve got sick event shirts, paddles from Werner Paddles and Adventure Technology, swag and a membership to American Whi...
04/25/2019

We’ve got sick event shirts, paddles from Werner Paddles and Adventure Technology, swag and a membership to American Whitewater, tons of rad glasses from Smith, helmet from Sweet Protection, hoodies from NRS, tons of prizes from Rendezvous River Sports/ Jackson Hole Kayak Schooland more from Kokatat. Plus check out the tomahawks from Mountain Man Toy Shop, which will be awarded to the overall Wydaho Series Champions on June 1. Don’t miss this weekend at the Black Canyon of the Bear, high water, fast racing, and dope prizes. Be there.

04/22/2019
04/13/2018

Greetings Bear River Racers. Unfortunately there were issues with the event permit for this year, so an official Bear River Race will not be happening. However, Saturday, April 21st we will be unofficially 'Getting Together and Paddling Fast'. 10 AM at the Put In for details. Let's get the community together for an awesome weekend of paddling, partying, and kicking off the whitewater season together.
Cheers,
Rainer
PS- The river will be releasing Friday-Sunday that weekend!

04/01/2018

It's officially on! The Jackson Hole Kayak Club will be taking over! April 21st, 2018. Put it on your calendar, it's going to be sick!

04/01/2017

Update: This weekend is not an official Black Canyon of the Bear release weekend, but we got a message from PacifiCorp and they are currently forecasting 950 cfs with the potential for as much as 1200 in the canyon this weekend. Stay safe. This thing is gonna get rowdy!

03/30/2017

Hey all! Due to some scheduling issues amongst the organizers, and with all the Western the rivers all so high so early we have chosen to take advantage of this blessing and paddle where we may not get the chance to for another long while. We will postpone the race for when we hope to get a better attendance, and we'll be better able to focus on organizing the event. Please feel free to message us with questions or concerns. Thanks for all your continued support! Cheers!

Tyler and Bryson

05/06/2016

Black Canyon release this weekend! Saturday and Sunday. LAST RELEASE OF THE SEASON. Get it while the gettin is good.

05/02/2016

Hey all! Official race times from this year are below. Congrats Russell Davies and everyone else who braved the cold to make it happen!

1. Russell Davies 11:40:05
2. Ethan Passant 11:49.17
3. Tristan Oluper 11:49.50
4. Carson King 12:11
5. Porter Park 12:33
6. Jared Jimmerson 13:16
7. Thomas Sutton 13:27
8. Dallin Casperson 13:40
9. Madison Niermeyer 14:37 (First Place Womens!)
10. Charles Minnaugh 14:48

04/22/2016

Hey Gang! We're going to be a little late tomorrow! Registration will be at 10:30 at the put in. Racer meeting at 11, race starts at 12:30. Sorry for any inconvenience!

Taco truck is back in Grace ya'll. Solid first release of the season today. Get some tomorrow for day number two!
03/26/2016

Taco truck is back in Grace ya'll. Solid first release of the season today. Get some tomorrow for day number two!

03/22/2016

First release of the season is this Saturday and Sunday!!!

02/15/2016

Ladies and Gentlemen! It seems that our lives have grown so large that neither Bryson or I will be able to be at the event this year. Therefore our options are to select a few fine, dedicated volunteers to take the helm, or cancel the event this year... We will be around to help get things in order prior to, but will not be there at the event which is where a bulk of the effort is required. If you think you have what it takes, and are willing, please email, message, or call one of us ASAP. If we don't have volunteers by mid-March, we'll be forced to cancel. Much Love, T-Bone

06/01/2015

CONFIRMED: there will be a release in Black Canyon of The Bear this Saturday. This will be the final release and is meant to replace the release we lost before the festival. Please spread the word. Get some!

05/05/2015
www.pacificorp.com

Don't forget, next release is May 16 and 17. Get some!

http://www.pacificorp.com/content/dam/pacificorp/doc/Energy_Sources/Hydro/Hydro_Licensing/Bear_River/BR_2015_Boater_Flow_Schedule.pdf

Check it out! We are on Kayak Session Magazine! Thanks Riley for the sick edit!
05/05/2015
2015 Black Canyon of the Bear Race

Check it out! We are on Kayak Session Magazine! Thanks Riley for the sick edit!

The Black Canyon of the Bear River is an awesome dam release section, thanks to American Whitewater! It brings boaters together from Idaho, Wyoming, Utah...

05/01/2015
2015 Black Canyon of the Bear River Race

Huge ups to Riley Gardner for this killer recap video of the festival! Some good beatdowns as well as some stellar racing: https://vimeo.com/126634026

The Black Canyon of the Bear River is an awesome dam release section, thanks to American Whitewater! It brings boaters together from Idaho, Wyoming, Utah and the…

Final shout out goes to Daphnee Tuzlak! Only female racer this year and she styled it. #smoothpaddling #respect
04/28/2015

Final shout out goes to Daphnee Tuzlak! Only female racer this year and she styled it. #smoothpaddling #respect

Huge props to everyone who raced this year and congrats to Nick Troutman for winning with a time of 11:18. All race time...
04/27/2015

Huge props to everyone who raced this year and congrats to Nick Troutman for winning with a time of 11:18. All race times are available on our website: http://www.blackcanyonwhitewaterfest.org/2015/04/2015-official-race-times.html

Together we raised over $2,000 for First Descents!

Huge props to everyone who raced this year and congrats to Nick Troutman for winning with a time of 11:18. All race times are available on our website: http://www.blackcanyonwhitewaterfest.org/2015/04/2015-official-race-times.html

Together we raised over $2,000 for First Descents!

Race times are up on the website! Congrats to Nick Troutman for taking the win. SOLID turn out yesterday and today. We r...
04/27/2015
Black Canyon of the Bear Whitewater Festival: 2015 Official Race Times

Race times are up on the website! Congrats to Nick Troutman for taking the win. SOLID turn out yesterday and today. We raised over $2,000 for our friends at First Descents and had one heck of a party in the sage brush. Huge props to American Whitewater, Pacificorp Power, and Sagebrush Steppe Land Trust for making it happen.

And MASSIVE shout out to our sponsors: Rendezvous River Sports/ Jackson Hole Kayak School, Dagger Kayaks, Yakima Racks, Goal Zero, Discrete Clothing, Astral, Stohlquist WaterWare, Sweet Protection, Bomber Gear, Swiftwater Safety Institute, Jack's Plastic Welding. Could not have done it with out ya!

http://www.blackcanyonwhitewaterfest.org/2015/04/2015-official-race-times.html

The Dagger Kayaks Mamba 8.6 Creeker has arrived!!! It's bright Red in blue plastic and guarded by Grace the dog, to keep...
04/23/2015

The Dagger Kayaks Mamba 8.6 Creeker has arrived!!! It's bright Red in blue plastic and guarded by Grace the dog, to keep it looking good for your first beat down! Support First Descents and enter to win!!!

04/21/2015

Hey everyone, we've just been informed by PacifCorp and AW that there will be no release Friday April 24th due to reservoir levels. Please help spread the word and be sure to take advantage of all the other releases and report your use! The Saturday and Sunday releases will NOT be affected. See you all at the festival!

Photo: A rad new perspective of the boogie water after the Grace bridge from Trent Meisenheimer and Andy EarlStoked to s...
04/14/2015

Photo: A rad new perspective of the boogie water after the Grace bridge from Trent Meisenheimer and Andy Earl

Stoked to see so many folks at the release last weekend! Can't wait for the festival on the 25th. If you did paddle, please self-report on our website (link below). We're trying to keep a count of paddlers to help ensure future releases.

http://www.blackcanyonwhitewaterfest.org/p/river-usage-survey.html

First release of the season is this weekend! Hope you get a chance to make it out either Saturday or Sunday. This year w...
04/10/2015
Black Canyon of the Bear Whitewater Festival: River Usage Survey

First release of the season is this weekend! Hope you get a chance to make it out either Saturday or Sunday. This year we're helping track river usage by paddlers and encourage all of you to self-report the days you paddle. Basically, we want to demonstrate that these days are being used and appreciated by the river community. You can self report your days on our website. Thanks! http://www.blackcanyonwhitewaterfest.org/p/river-usage-survey.html

As Willis put it, "Last year's top three. Russell, Stan, and some other dude..." Who thinks they're gonna dethrone Russe...
04/04/2015

As Willis put it, "Last year's top three. Russell, Stan, and some other dude..."

Who thinks they're gonna dethrone Russell on April 25? #RusstheTruss #StantheMan #APtheOtherDude

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Does anyone know if we are allowed to camp on the usual private land even though there is no official festival?
Any chance there’s going to be another awesome festival this year?