As the drought has caused unseasonably low water levels, the river will not allow for kayaking competitions this year. We regret to inform you that all whitewater events are cancelled.


The State of Nevada requires decals on all in and out-of-state motorized watercraft as well as most paddle-craft, such as canoes and kayaks. The Nevada aquatic invasive species (AIS) decal requirement became effective January 1, 2013. The AIS decal requirement was established to prevent the spread of harmful aquatic species threatening Nevada’s waterways

Paddle-craft, such as stand-up paddle boards and float tubes are exempt from the decal requirement.

Resident Non-Motorized Watercraft — $5
Non-resident Non-Motorized Watercraft — $10

How to Purchase a Decal
* On-line at http://www.ndowlicensing.com/ (service fee applies)
* Toll Free at (866) 703-4605 (service fee applies)
* NDOW Office Locations — Reno: 1100 Valley Road, (775) 688-1500


The 12th Annual Reno River Festival Whitewater Competition

Don’t miss the region’s most extreme whitewater competition at the Truckee River Whitewater Park at Wingfield May 9-10, 2015. The Reno River Festival attracts world-class competitors and visitors from all parts of the globe for a weekend of action-packed excitement in downtown Reno. Boat with the big boys (and girls) in the Open Freestyle competition, where champions spin, loop and McNasty it out on our freestyle course, or check out the mad-paddling frenzy that is the adrenaline-infused Boatercross.

Truckee River Gauge

$6,600 in Cash Prizes!


Saturday, May 9 • Preliminaries, Semi-Finals & Finals

Freestyle Athlete Meeting – Saturday at 9AM

All paddlers are welcome to participate in the open freestyle competition with the top finishers from Saturday’s afternoon’s preliminary rounds heading into that evening’s finals under the lights of downtown Reno. Competitors are divided into Mens, Womens and Juniors divisions and are evaluated by a panel of judges on a one-minute ride. Prizes are awarded to the top Men and Women.

  • Cost: $40 per person; $25 to compete in each additional event
  • Includes T-shirt and RRF swag


Stand-Up Paddleboard

Sunday, May 10

Mass Start SUP Athlete Meeting – Sunday at 9AM

Get a feel for America’s fastest growing paddle sport, stand up paddleboarding (SUP). All are welcome in this open competition with prizes to the top three competitors who make it down the treacherous north channel of the Whitewater Park at Wingfield. But this will be no float in the park, racers will be expected to complete a series of moves, catching eddies and fulfilling obstacles along the way to the finish line.

  • Cost: $40 per person; $25 to compete in each additional event
  • Includes T-shirt and RRF swag



Sunday, May 10

Slalom Athlete Meeting – Sunday at 10AM

An exciting addition to the already packed lineup of river and running events, the slalom races hit the custom-created slalom course on the Truckee River’s south channel Sunday afternoon and require classes of boaters to navigate the slalom gates hanging from above, as quickly as possible. Prizes are awarded to the top three competitors (men and women) in the kayak class.

  • Cost: $40 per person (may paddle in multiple classes); $25 to compete in each additional event
  • Includes T-shirt and RRF swag



Sunday, May 10

Amateur and pro paddlers are invited to participate in this mad dash for the finish line which takes place Sunday afternoon, May 12. Competitors are divided into four-man heats with the top competitor from each heat advancing to the final round. Competitors are divided into Mens and Womens divisions. Prizes are awarded for the top three competitors.

  • Cost: $40 per person; $25 to compete in each additional event
  • Includes T-shirt and RRF swag


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