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Truckee River Whitewater Park

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Truckee River Whitewater Park

The Whitewater Park features

  • Easy access from all directions
  • Large size – 11 drop-pools; total of 2,600 feet in length, or one-half mile. Five drop pools in the north channel; six in the south channel for kayaking maneuvers that decrease slightly in elevation with each successive pool, to keep them supplied with fresh water
  • 7,000 tons of smooth flat-top rocks and boulders installed along the river banks and in-stream for easy public access, spectators, and kayaking maneuvers
  • Deep pools with continual fresh water provide good habitat for fish, particularly Lahontan cutthroat trout
  • Surrounds grassy park with amphitheater and facilities for concerts, festivals, picnics, outdoor sports and recreation
  • Kayakers can start anywhere upstream and enjoy a great experience
  • Truckee River Whitewater ParkPedestrian walkway beneath Arlington Avenue for convenient mobility between east and west ends of Wingfield Park
  • Water temperature ranges between 50 and 70 degrees. It doesn't freeze
  • All users need to wear helmets and flotation jackets for protection and safety
  • Kayakers, at all levels, including beginners, can enjoy the whitewater park

Technical Details:

Length: 2,600 feet, including 1,400 feet in the north channel and 1,200 feet in the south channel or one-half mile.

Difficulty: Class 2 to 3 course. (on a scale of 1 to 6; one being a lake, six being a waterfall)

Users: kayaks, canoes and rafts, inner tubes

Maneuvers: freestyle including front and side surfing, cartwheeling, throwing ends, blunt moves, spoofing and splatting, flat spinning, loops, front flips, slalom racing. Random boulders in channels.

  • Formal Name: Truckee River Whitewater Park at Wingfield
  • Owner: City of Reno (call 775-334-2270 for information)
  • Management of River Bottom and Banks: State of Nevada
  • Architect: Gary Lacy: Recreation Engineering & Planning, Boulder, CO
  • Design team: Kennedy Jenks Consultants, Reno Resource Concepts, Inc., Carson City
  • Contractor: Cruz Excavating, Inc., Incline Village
  • Cost: $1.5 million from voter-passed statewide bond

Additional Information

Watch the Whitewater webcam! 

2019 Commercial Whitewater Permit Application

For information on rafting trips, kayak rentals, instruction or other ways to enjoy the Whitewater Park, contact these concessionaires and operators that hold permits to operate issued by the city:

Sierra Adventures, 775-323-8928, 866-323-8928

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