Sunday, October 26, 2008


Sparks, Nevada - Whitewater Park on the Truckee River.

Kayak Freestyle Playboating Guide - Rock Park in Sparks, Nevada.

River Description.

The Sparks NV Whitewater Park (at Rock Park on the Truckee River) is scheduled to open in the summer of 2009. The whitewater experience will feature pools for kayaking, tubing and rafting for people of all ages and abilities. The banks of the Truckee River will be landscaped to provide an unobstructed view of the whitewater park and improved access to the river. Whitewater Park on the Truckee River at Rock Park - City of Sparks NV. (Washoe County, Nevada, USA)

Recent River Flow Data.

Whitewater Rating vs. Flow Rate.

class . . . playboating flows (cfs)
II - III . . . ???

Driving Directions, Distance, Estimated Time & Road Conditions.

Mapquest provides directions, distance & time from your house to the river.
• From Davis, CA to Sparks, NV - driving time 2 hours 28 minutes.

Road Conditions - California & Nevada (Delays or closures due to weather, construction, etc.)
California Travel Information -
Road Conditions - California Dept Transportation.
Road Conditions - Nevada Department of Transportation.
Nevada - Safe Travel USA.

Topographic River Map, Road Map & Local Business Search.

• Full screen topo map and coordinates of additional landmarks - see below.
Topographic map user instructions.

Full-Screen Topographic Map: Sparks NV Whitewater Park.
Markers on the topo map show locations of the landmarks listed below (A & B).
Point or DoubleClick on the markers to see their names.

More River Landmarks - Geographic Coordinates.
Copy/paste the coordinates below into the search box at
Google Maps or into the Find box at Acme Mapper.
• N 39.52385 W 119.81629, Sparks NV Whitewater Park (A).
• N 39.53132 W 119.78634, USGS Gauge 10348000 (B).

Local weather in Sparks, Nevada.

Online River Guides & River Flow Data for Paddle Boating.

Whitewater Park on the Truckee River at Rock Park - City of Sparks NV.
Truckee River Recreation & Conservation Directory.
(Click on All Tags, click on a river, sort alphabetically - see section 1.)

Whitewater River Trip Reports NEEDED !!

Sparks Nevada new Whitewater Park on the Truckee River - Ruth Gordon 02oct2008.
Sparks NV new Whitewater Park - Jackson Kayak News 02oct2008.
Sparks whitewater kayak park preview - Reno-Tahoe Blog 03oct2008.
This week just downstream of the current whitewater park at Reno NV another whitewater park was completed on the Truckee River at Sparks NV. It is still not officially open. There are five whitewater features in all.
Whitewater options improving on Truckee River in Sparks Nevada - Reno-Tahoe Blog 05aug2008. Following on the success of the Truckee River Whitewater Park in downtown Reno, the City of Sparks has broken ground – or river – on its own kayak, tubing and rafting park, adding another attraction for whitewater athletes and recreation seekers in the Reno-Sparks area of Nevada.
• I'm happy to post or link to well-written, whitewater boating trip reports from guest authors, especially if boating pictures are included. Please contact me to submit your trip report.

Whitewater River Recreation Links.

Truckee River Directory - Recreation & Conservation. (Sort by Alphabetical. 1=whitewater, 2=rafting, 3=conservation, 4=fishing, 5=camping-hiking, 6=local-info)

More about:
River Surfing Guide - California & Nevada Locations for Whitewater Freestyle Kayak Playboating.
Using the white water river paddleboating guides - BRT Kayaking.
Reno, NV Whitewater Park Guide - Truckee River.
Truckee River Runs in NV - Whitewater River Guides, Great Basin Rivers of CA NV - Regional Overview.
Whitewater River Guides for California & western USA.

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Parking at the Sparks WW Park is going to be improved over the downtown Reno WW Park. If you are interested in surfing rather than hole playing this park will be the place to go - it is designed to offer more opportunities for surfing. That I like. Well laid out features that seem to take maximum advantage of the available gradient. Very promising but more water is needed to assess how much fun the river features will be. It is too early for an asessment except to say that the Sparks WW Park looks promising. Having two whitewater parks in the Reno area is fantastic!
anyone have the flow levels for when the features are in and what can be done at different levels? i'm in reno on business and would love some beta on the sparks and the reno park.

To get information about flows and river features for playboating at the Truckee River Whitewater Parks I encourage you to post your question on the Reno Whitewater group listserve (see my Boating Clubs Directory)
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