2014 Coosa River Whitewater Festival Information

You may still register for the 2014 Coosa River Whitewater Festival by visiting the check-in table at the Coosa Outdoor Center (COC). You must be registered and wearing an arm band to attend all festival activities, shuttle boats, and to camp at the COC. However, you do not need to be registered to be spectator at competitions on the Coosa River at Moccasin Gap.

Registration is only $25 and has its benefits and includes:

  • 2014 Coosa River Whitewater Festival t-shirt
  • Sponsor swag
  • Live music on Friday and Saturday nights
  • Shuttle to the put-in on Saturday
  • Camping at the Coosa Outdoor Center
  • Unlimited fun and memories!

Please note that your $25 registration does not include boat rentals. Reservations for boat rentals must be made separately through Coosa River Adventures, (334) 514-0279, or the Coosa Outdoor Center, (334) 201-5510.

We look forward to seeing you at this year’s festival!

2014 Design Winners

2014 Adult Design Winner - Emily Labit

2014 Adult Design Winner – Emily Labit

2014 Youth Design Winner – Hannah Beumer

We would like to congratulate our 2014 Coosa River Whitewater Festival Design Winners, Emily Labit and Hannah Beumer!

Many great designs were received this year and they will be exhibited at the Kelly Fitzpatrick Memorial Gallery (KFMG) 408 S. Main St, Wetumpka, AL 36092, during April/May 2014.

You may also view the designs online at the Coosa River Whitewater Festival Art and Design website.

Thank you to all who participated in this year’s contest!

2014 Festival Design Contest

Each year the Coosa River Whitewater Festival invites artists to create a design which focuses on various aspects of the festival including: canoes, kayaks, paddling, the Moccasin Gap Kayak Competition, the Canoe Race, the Big Air Ramp Jump and this year a Fishing Tournament. Natural aspects of the Coosa River, such as plants and/or wildlife have at times been incorporated into some of the past designs. This year the Coosa River Whitewater Festival dates are May 2 – 4, 2014.

Artists are invited to create original designs that are 8” x 12” in the medium of their choice. Original designs need to be submitted along with a digital image of the design on a CD. Please label your CD with your name and phone number. All submissions must be delivered to Southern Trails by April 10, 2014. There is NO ENTRY FEE. Best of Show will receive a $100 honorarium and will be featured on Festival T-shirts or other publicity. Additional awards may include 1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place and Honorable Mention(s) at the committee’s’ discretion.

We are looking for originality, technical skill, creativity and suitability for the festival. To view past designs artists may visit Southern Trails in Wetumpka, AL where they are on display or view past designs on the 2014 Whitewater Festival website. Works will be exhibited at the Kelly Fitzpatrick Memorial Gallery (KFMG) 408 S. Main St, Wetumpka, AL 36092, April/May 2014.

Please download the design criteria and submit your design before the April 10, 2014 deadline. View past t-shirt design winners for an example.

2014 Coosa River Whitewater Festival

Become a Sponsor of the Coosa River Whitewater Festival Today!

The Coosa River Whitewater Festival and the Coosa River Paddling Club, a non-profit all volunteer organization, is looking for sponsors for the 28th annual Coosa River Whitewater Festival. The Coosa River Whitewater Festival is being held May 2 – 4, 2014.

Please read more about our sponsorship opportunities by visiting the sponsorship section or by downloading a sponsorship package!

Registration and Festival Information

More information on registering for the 2014 Coosa River Whitewater Festival and a schedule of events and competitions will be available soon!

Write up and Results of the Kayak Fishing Tournament

With the Coosa River running at or above flood stage to say the Coosa River Whitewater Kayak Fishing Tournament was extreme would be putting it mildly. Rains in north Alabama and George prior to the tournament forced the release of water out of Jordan Damn to 51,000 cubic feet per second. Organizers were hoping for a flow of 8,500 cfs. The call was made early Sunday morning, day of the event, to proceed with the competition. Eight competitors took to the water that day making them extreme anglers in anyone’s book.  

As the day wore on reports from the anglers began coming in to tournament headquarters. The youngest competitor, Christian Shirey, age 16, was the first off the water. Christian, after several hours contending with the high waters, was unable to land a fish. Considering conditions, he represented himself well having just taken to the water. Corey Galloway was the next angler to report at the check-in. Having not been able to catch a fish in the first half of the day Corey returned to water undaunted. Next a report that Mark Syck had three fish came in renewing the resolve of some of the competitors that were debating whether to call it a day or continue.  

The check-in officially opened at 1:00 pm. The first angler, Joseph Harris, to turn in his catch was doubtful if it would be worth while since he had only one fish. Considering the challenges all the contestants were facing any fish caught that day was a trophy. As time wore on and the anglers began check-in it became very clear that indeed even a single catch would place well in the tournament. With time all most expired Mark Syck walked to the table having caught three Spotted Bass. His fish measured a total aggregate of 44.25 inches. For this particular day a phenomenal catch, the biggest being 18.5″. As time ran out no other competitor weighed in.  

Barrs Appraisal Service, the premier sponsor of the event, put up $500 in prize money. With only two anglers turning in fish the decision was made by event organizers to combine the $100 third place money to 1st place, 2nd place and Big Bass category.  

Accent Performance Paddles donated a Cannon Angler Paddle that was awarded to Mark Syck along with $300 for taking 1st place overall in the tournament.  
Ego Adventure products donated a Slider 2 fishing net that was awarded to Joseph Harris along with $175 for taking 2nd place.  

Native Watercraft donated a Cooler/Gear Bag that was awarded to Mark Syck along with $25 for Big Bass.  

Also, D.O.A. Lures and Bass Assassin Lures donated products that were raffled off between all the tournament participants.  

Congratulations to all the competitors! It was a hard fought day and they all should be proud of their efforts!