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Old 05-13-2004   #1
 
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Please let me know if I'm missing any whitewater parks in US

I'm finishing a paper on effects of whitewater parks on fish and I need to finalize this info. I've been looking all over for documentation of existing/planned/proposed whitewater parks, both in 'real' river channels and in artificial channels.
I'd greatly appreciate your additions to this list and also corrections if any of my info is incorrect. United States only. Post here or email [email protected]
Thank you, Claire McGrath

PARKS IN NATURAL RIVER CHANNELS:
Existing:
1. Animas River, Durango, CO
2. Arkansas River, Salida, CO
3. Arkansas River, Buena Vista, CO
4. Boulder Creek, Boulder, CO
5. Fall River, Estes Park, CO
6. Clear Creek, Golden, CO
7. Gore Creek, Vail, CO
8. Saint Vrain River, Lyons, CO
9. Blue River, Breckenridge, CO
10. Yampa River, Steamboat Springs, CO
11. Gunnison River, Gunnison, CO
12. S. Platte River, Denver, CO
13. S. Platte River, Englewood, CO
14. Red Cedar River, Williamston, MI
15. Truckee River, Reno, NV
16. Animas River, Farmington, NM
17. Ocoee River, TN
18. Trinity River, Fort Worth, TX
19. Weber River, Ogden, UT
20. Wisconsin River, Wasau, WI
21. Green River, Green River, WY
22. N. Platte River, Casper, WY
Planned:
1. Black River, Watertown, NY
2. Raleigh, NC
3. Bear River, Evanston, WY
Proposed:
1. Colorado River, Glenwood Springs, CO
2. Boise River, Boise, ID
3. French Broad River, Asheville, NC
4. Cross Creek, Fayetteville, NC
5. Tuckasegee River, Bryson City, NC
6. Stonycreek River, Johnstown, PA


ARTIFICIAL CHANNEL WHITEWATER COURSES:
Existing:
1. East Race St. Joseph River, South Bend, IN
2. Lock 32 Erie Canal, Pittsford, NY
Planned:
1. Adventure Sports Center International, McHenry, MD
2. National Whitewater Center, Charlotte, NC
Proposed:
1. Arkansas Whitewater Park, _____, AR
2. Susquehanna River, Havre de Grace, MD
3. Mississippi River, Minneapolis, MN


Anyone know the status of these:
Kern River, Kernville, CA - improvements to the slalom course in town, was this done?
Clark's Fork River, Missoula, MT - anyone know the status?
Pueblo, CO - downstream of lowhead dam downtown. STatus?


On Susquehanna Site as proposed or planned but I couldn’t find any current information:
Wisp, MD
Cumberland, MD
Williamsport, PA
St. Louis, MO
Inglis, FL
Prairie Du Sac White Water Park, WI
Peoria, Illinois
Cedar Rapids
Des Moines River, Des Moines, IA

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Claire, I thought that Cody, WY had one, but I could be thinking of Casper.
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I am under the impression that the Gateway Park proposal on the Roaring Fork at Carbondale, CO was passed by voters. Doesn't that include whitewater features - anyone?
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Missoula WW Park

There is a planned whitewater located in downtown missoula, Montana. This park will be known as the Brennan Guth Memorial Park on the Clarks Fork River just downstream of the Higgins Street bridge. The site selected will clean existed rebar and concrete out of the riverbed, and transform the spot into a palypark with existing riverside trails. Final funds are being raised this summer, and the groundbreaking on the project is planned for low flows this coming early fall timeframe. for more information, contact Tarkio Kayak Adventures at www.teamtarkio.com
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Working on one in Lawrence, Kansas on the Kansas river.
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New England Parks

Claire,
There are a few parks in the NE that come to my mind. You got the Black aleady but there are a few smaller ones that me be noteworthy.

The Winnipesaukee river in Franklin NH. They are building a park at the takeout and maintaining a trail along the river.

The Contoocook river in Henniker NH. They are removing a dam and building a park on a old mill site.

The MVP (mvpclub.org) or AW should give you some leads or shoot me an email and I can give you some contacts that could help.

Ken

PS You missed a fun but hypothermic time at the Golden rodeo last night
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Re: New England Parks

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Claire,
There are a few parks in the NE that come to my mind. You got the Black aleady but there are a few smaller ones that me be noteworthy.

Ken

PS You missed a fun but hypothermic time at the Golden rodeo last night
Thanks Ken. I was just about to post on the northeast paddlers board to ask, so thanks for the NE info. My paddling days are limited right now with finishing up my degree, so I decided to forgo the sleet and hit a nicer day at the park. Glad you had fun!

thanks everyone else for the info, and keep it coming. I just talked with a kayaking professor of recreation (nice job eh?) at U. Kentucky and we may put a list of info on all wwparks up on the web.... i'll keep you posted.
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Tulsa Wave Park

Still planned for upgrades but there is a feature there all ready.

http://www.tulsawave.com/

not to toot my own horn but that's me in the home page photo.

The arkansas project is in Malvern AKA Rockport
http://users.aristotle.net/~lajones/Rockport.html

There's one planned for Branson , MO but think it has kind of petered out
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Claire sounds like an interesting project. If you dont mind sharing your findings when the project is finished I'd be siked to check out your final documentation (or maybe/probably just the overview). Good luck and congrats on finishing your degree!
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When I left Michigan they had 4 or 5 weirs on the Chippewa River in Mt. Pleasant with kayaking in mind. Never saw it waith water though.

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