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Registration Now Open!

Online registration is now open for the 2014 Coosa River Whitewater Festival. Click the link below to start registration for the festival.


If you are old school and don’t want to register online, you may send in a mail-in registration. Please download and complete the Mail-In Registration Form AND the appropriate American Canoe Association (ACA) waiver with your payment.

Mail-In Registration Form

In addition to the registration form above, all competitors, non-competitors, and guests must download and complete one of the ACA waivers below. You only need to complete the bottom portion to the waiver form and sign it. The ACA event membership (at the top of the form) is already included in your registration fee.

ACA Adult Waiver

ACA Minor Waiver (under the age of 18)

In order to help our festival staff process your registration in a timely manner, please complete both your registration form and waiver before visiting the registration table. .

We look forward to seeing you at the Whitewater Festival!

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!  

2013 Design Winner – Shelby Young

2013 Design Winner - Shelby YoungWe would to congratulate Shelby Young our 2013 Coosa River Whitewater Festival design winner!

Shelby will receive $100 and a free t-shirt for the rights to and use of her design. Her design will be displayed on all promotional and advertising material for this year’s festival.

The Coosa River Paddling Club would like to thank  everyone who submitted a design this year!