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Local Teen Competes Internationally in Whitewater Kayaking

KTVN-TV

Date: 9/7/2016 5:52:00 PM

A 15 year-old junior athlete is competing globally in whitewater kayaking and has her eyes on not just the next competition, but the 2020 Olympics in Japan. It's hard for Sage Donnelly to remember just how many competitions she and her kayak and canoe

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A hidden gem for outdoor enthusiasts

Hastings Star Gazette

Date: 9/7/2016 9:46:00 AM

The half-mile stretch of river between the falls and the Old Mill Ruins contains a number of pits, bowls, waves and other river features that make it ideal for whitewater kayaking. “It’s a destination location,” said Josh Fischer, a Minneapolis kayaker

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Newly formed Capital Kayak Club finding its rhythm

Independent Record

Date: 9/2/2016 10:46:00 PM

The Motes came to Montana by way of Arizona, which provides some whitewater kayaking, but Mike is more keen on sea and kayak camping. A “Light Up the Lake” paddle in August brought a parade of boats strewn with glow sticks to the Causeway on Hauser for

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Whitewater kayaking at Stone Valley to highlight Colton Labor Day weekend activities

mpcourier.com

Date: 8/30/2016 4:53:00 AM

COLTON — Whitewater kayaking at Stone Valley is a highlight of Labor Day weekend activities in the Town of Colton. The last two water releases of the summer by Brookfield Renewable Energy for expert-level whitewater kayakers to paddle the Stone Valley

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COLUMN: Beware brain-eating amoeba

Fish Wrap

Date: 8/27/2016 3:31:00 AM

While DeLeon has some long, arduous, rehab coming, he did live and the deadly amoeba was vanquished. I think if I ever jump into the Coosa River I’m gonna wrap myself in cellophane first. Now, every time I go swimming I am gonna freak out if I have a

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The Lower Coosa segment, known as Coosa River Whitewater, has turbulent waters and Class III rapids. The fall line, the last stone underlayment supporting the Alabama uplands before the rivers grind deep into the plains on their way to the Gulf of Mexico, is an exciting place on any river in Alabama. It's especially loved on the Coosa River near the city of Wetumpka, whose very name means Rumbling Waters in Creek tongue.

The six miles of class I-III rapids, the eddies and standing waves bring people from everywhere to this run on the Coosa to flip, whirl and dive. And on top of that, there are the people who actually wanted to do those things as well.

One of the special things about whitewater on the Coosa is choice. With just one time through with an expert guide from a Wetumpka outfitter, you'll see that every peril has its not-so-perilous alternative. Take the notorious Moccasin Gap for example. Really good kayakers that use a play boat take the wave to the right of the enormous rock set into the river. If you have a long boat or aren't there to be a public spectacle, the class II drop to the left of the rock is for you. If you're a real novice, land your boat on the upstream side, haul it over the rock, and put back in on the quiet downstream side. Be sure to take advantage of the rock as a place to swim, paddle, picnic and sight see as wave after wave of visitors alight and leave like starlings.

The Coosa River Whitewater Festival is a three-day annual event sponsored by the Coosa River Paddling Club (CRPC), held in Wetumpka, Al. | Elmore County. Since 1985, the Whitewater Festival, which includes kayaking competitions, activities for amateur boaters, and live entertainment, has taken place on a section of the Coosa River between Jordan Dam and the city of Wetumpka. The festival is a charitable event, with proceeds benefiting groups devoted to environmental protection and the development of historic sites and trails along the river. The Whitewater Festival invites artists to create a design which focuses on various aspects of the festival including: canoes, kayaks, paddling, and the Moccasin Gap Kayak Competitions. Natural aspects of the Coosa River, such as plants and/or wildlife have at times been incorporated into some of the past designs.
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