Wednesday, July 02, 2008


Truckee River Whitewater Park - Reno, Nevada.

Kayak Freestyle Playboating & Whitewater River Guide.

Recent River Flow Data.

Whitewater Rating vs. Flow Rate.

class . . . playboating flows (cfs)
II - III . . . 400 cfs or greater

River Description.

Park in the parking lot at Bennett Park or use metered parking on city streets (free after 6 p.m. and on Sundays and holidays). Bathrooms are available at Bennett Park.

"Length: 2,600 feet, including 1,400 feet in the north channel and 1,200 feet in the south channel or one-half mile. Note: The north and south channels are created by Wingfield Park, an island in the river that divides the flow and has been a city park for years." "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." ( (Washoe County, Nevada, USA)

Hole Number 1, 2, 3 & 4 are in the north channel (river-left), with Hole Number 5 after the two channels have come back together. Beginners will enjoy any flow as you can always flatspin and roll in the holes. Hole Number 5 is about the only usable spot for advanced boaters at flows of 300-400 cfs. It has to get above 600 cfs for any real playboating tricks in Hole Numbers 1 - 4.

The south channel (river-right) is called the slalom course, but the gates are up for only a few months each year.

Reno Riverwalk District describes the nearby places for food & drink after boating (map - pdf).

Driving Directions, Distance, Estimated Time & Road Conditions.

Mapquest provides directions, distance & time from your house to the river.
• From Davis, CA to Reno, NV - driving time 2 hours 25 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.

• The map below is interactive - click and drag on the map to adjust the location.
• Point or DoubleClick on the red markers below to see their names.
• Use the tool on the left to zoom and pan.
• Click on the Map button for a road map, Topo button for topographic map.
• Click on Google logo for road map & local business search (gas, food, camping).
• Full screen topo map and coordinates of additional landmarks - see below.
Topographic map user instructions.

Full-Screen Topographic Map - Truckee River Whitewater Park.
Markers on the topo map show locations of some 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, Truckee River Whitewater Park, Reno NV (A).
• N 39.52518 W 119.81556, Riverwalk District Reno NV.
• N 39.53132 W 119.78634, USGS Gauge 10348000 (B).

Local weather in Reno, Nevada.

Online River Guides & River Flow Data for Paddle Boating.

City of Reno : Whitewater Park.
City of Reno : Whitewater Park Webcam.
Truckee River Directory.
(Display options - alphabetical 100. See section 1.)

Kayak Surfing & Playboating Trip Reports NEEDED !!

Reno White Water Festival photos 10may2010
Truckee River Reno Whitewater Park Kayaking photos - fourwindsink.
Reno Playpark Truckee River - kimandgeoff 17june2005.
Reno River Festival Truckee River - kimandgeoff 17may2004.
Xterra Planet #1: Truckee River White Water Park.
HOT boogie boarding at the Reno Whitewater Park - Ruth Gordon 12july2008.
Secret Stash: Winter Kayaking at the Reno Whitewater Park video 18feb2008.
Whitewater kayaking at the 2007 Reno River Fest video 25june2007.
Reno River fest video 31may2007.
Introduction to Wingfield Park video - trfblog 21nov2008.
Reno River Festival freestyle video - 14may2008.
Reno River Festival 2008: Day 1 - Pro practice video - 09may2008.
Run Amuck race at the 2008 Reno River Festival video - 13may2008.
Reno Tahoe Adventures, Whitewater Park video 09may2008.
Fun on the Truckee River video - sparksbob 23june2006.
Standing wave in the Reno Whitewater Park video - kahos12988 21nov2006.

• I'm happy to post or link to whitewater boating trip reports from guest authors, especially if boating pictures or videos are included. Please contact me to submit the report of your trip.

Whitewater River Recreation Links.

Truckee River Recreation Directory. (Display options - alphabetical 100. Section 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.
Truckee River Guide - Runs in NV, Great Basin Rivers of CA NV - Regional Overview.
Sparks NV Whitewater Park Guide - Truckee River.
Truckee River Guide - Runs in CA.
Whitewater River Guides for California & western USA.

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I suggest adding information regarding the Friday summer evening concerts. Our schedule is flexible enough to drive to Reno Friday afternoon, play in the whitewater park, get something to eat and stay for the concert. Other paddlers may be interested in this as well. DarleneS

(Eldorado Hotel Casino, Summer 2008 Concert Series every Friday at 9 p.m. in the Eldorado Casino Cabaret.)
Flows above 400 cfs are OK for the park. I definitely wouldn't bother coming to the park when flows are below 300 cfs. This opinion is going to vary depending on the boater and river feature you are most interested in. For instance, running the gates on the south channel is good when flows are at least 800 cfs (again subjective) and are best above 1000 cfs. BruceF
Silver Peak, a local brewery/restaurant is a block away. As is a burrito place. The casinos are only a few blocks more.
This is Reno after all! 24 hr. boating is permitted. May I suggest we come up with names for the features in the park? Any Ideas?
Later, Shane
Thanks to BruceF, Bruce Taylor, scottsady, DarleneS & Shane for helpful info!!
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