Family Vacations in Nevada

Family Vacations in Nevada: Whitewater Park and Kayak Slalom Racing Course

Photo courtesy City of Reno Reno’s Whitewater Park offers a great kayaking experience. It’s become a popular downtown attraction as well.

Cutting right through the middle of downtown Reno, this white-water rafting course was created out of the Truckee River. It is open year-round for kayaking, rafting, canoeing, and tubing. The mile-long course features 11 drop pools and a slalom racing course, and there are 7,000 tons of smooth flat rocks along the riverbanks that are perfect for picnicking or watching the paddlers pass by.

At one point the course splits into two channels that later reconnect; one channel offers the drops, bumps, and pitches of an aquatic rodeo course, while the other is better suited for beginning kayakers.

During the summer months the course is popular with kids who enjoy floating down the river in inner tubes. Concessionaires rent all types of watercraft, including tubes and riverboards, and kayaking lessons are available for all ages.

A river festival in May brings out some of the world's best professional and Olympic kayakers for white-water competitions, clinics, and demonstrations. On Friday nights in the summer you can enjoy music from the Rolling on the River concert series as you float down the river.

Leave the whitewater, and trip the lights fantastic on the Las Vegas Strip. On the next page, you can read all about Sin City.

Whitewater Park and Kayak Slalom Racing Course Information

Address: 400 Island Ave., Reno, NV

Telephone: 775/787-5000 800/442-7238

Hours of Operation: Hours vary

Admission: Cost varies

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