It's hard to beat October in Elkhorn City! Weekend whitewater releases, the changing fall colors, another great show at ACT, and much, much more.
Whitewater releases on the Russell Fork will draw paddlers from all over the world each weekend of the month. The Heritage Council hosts the annual Paddler Appreciation dinner on October 13 and the Russell Fork Rendezvous on the 27th. For more information about whitewater, go to www.russellfork.info.
Trials for the US National Wildwater Team highlight the 2011 October season. The team will compete in the 2012 World Whitewater Championships. Competitors from across the country will gather October 14-16 for the two day competition. USA Canoe/Kayak, the national governing body for paddlesports competition, is sponsoring the competition with assistance from the Elkhorn City Area Heritage Council and Kentucky Sports Authority.
Interested in learning whitewater basics or just want to pick up some new skills? The two largest whitewater clubs in the state--The Bluegrass Wildwater Association and the Viking Canoe Club--will hold a joint beginner clinic May 13-15 at the Russell Fork in Elkhorn City. The clinic is a great opportunity to learn beginner/intermediate whitewater skills, meet fellow boaters from around the state, and paddle the lower Russell Fork from Ratliff Hole to Elkhorn City.
The RF Free for All is a float for nearly anybody. The mass start "anything that floats" race covers 2.5 river miles from the Ratliff Hole river access to the Elkhorn Beach. The course is mostly class 2, with a couple of more class 3 rapids to make it interesting. The Ledges (Meatgrinder) has an easy sneak or portage. We'll have safety and guides set there.