2014 Black Canyon of The Bear Whitewater Festival - Information Packet
2014 Black Canyon of The Bear Whitewater Festival
Benefitting First Descents
The 2014 Black Canyon of The Bear Whitewater Festival will be held the last week
of April 2014 on the Class IV/V section of the Black Canyon of the Bear River near
Grace, Idaho. The event will include a down-river race, BBQ, live music, and raffle.
All proceeds from the event will be donated to First Descents, a non-profit
organization helping young adults battling cancer move beyond their diagnosis
and defy their cancer through kayaking, climbing, surfing, and other outdoor
Sponsorship and Media Information
Welcome, and thank you for your interest in the 2014 Black Canyon of The Bear
Whitewater Festival. We’re stoked to have you on board!
The Black Canyon of The Bear Whitewater Festival is a kayaking festival, whitewater race,
BBQ, and musical celebration of Southeastern Idaho’s Black Canyon of The Bear River. The
event attracts hundreds of kayakers (and even a few rafters) from throughout the
intermountain west, including Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, Washington,
2014 will mark the third time we’ve held this event. In 2013 we brought together over
100 paddlers and raised more than $3,600, all of which we donated to First Descents, a
USA-based non-profit that helps young adults fight cancer through outdoor adventures.
The event will tentatively take place on Saturday, April 26, 2014 just outside of Grace,
Idaho (the date is subject to change depending on the final release schedule from the
dam). The Black Canyon of The Bear River is a solid Class IV whitewater run, with one
Class V rapid near the end of the 7-mile stretch. The river only runs a handful of times
per year due to a hydropower dam that regulates flow throughout the summer.
Fortunately for boaters, the American Whitewater Association and Pacificorp Power have
worked out an agreement that will secure a series of scheduled whitewater releases each
The sale of food, beverage, and raffle tickets are the main ways we raise money at the
event. In 2013 we raffled away prizes including a new Yakima Rack, an AT Eddy kayak
paddle, a Suunto Core watch, and a grand prize of a weeklong kayaking expedition
package in Ecuador with Small World Adventures. We had dozens of other prizes
including life jackets, sunglasses, sleeping pads, solar charging kits, safety equipment,
helmets – The list goes on.
Please take a look through this information package to learn more about what we’re
doing and how you can get involved. Feel free to reach out at anytime to ask questions or
let us know your thoughts. We look forward to working with you!
Special Thanks To:
The Bear River
This is a Class IV/V section of whitewater
for advanced and expert paddlers only
The run is about 7 miles long and has no
public road access for most of the stretch
The most difficult, or “crux” rapid, is Boo
Boo, a Class V rapid about 5 miles in
Grace Falls, an eight-foot waterfall, is
about a mile into the run and is easily
visible from the highway, making it great
Due to power generation demands, the
river rarely has enough water to run.
However, scheduled whitewater releases
in the canyon began in 2008 thanks to the
efforts of the American Whitewater
Association and Pacificorp Power
Great Family Fun Since 1948!
Camping available in the region
2.5 hours from Salt Lake City, UT
4.5 hours from Boise, ID
1.75 hours from Idaho Falls, ID
2.25 hours from Jackson, WY
5 hours from Bozeman, MT
Pick up a sack of seed potatoes on
your way out!
First organized in 2010 after a group of
friends ran the canyon and wanted to
bring the paddling community together
for a meaningful event
We raised over $2,000 for the Anupam
Vidya Sadan school in Kathmandu, Nepal,
in our first year
Money is raised through the sale of food,
beverage, and raffle tickets
In 2013, we included a downriver kayak
race from Boo Boo rapid to the takeout.
Three miles of class IV/V whitewater.
Organized entirely by
efforts of local paddlers
The only whitewater festival (that we
know of) in the Utah/Idaho area
First Descents offers young adult cancer fighters and survivors a free outdoor
adventure experience designed to empower them to climb, paddle & surf beyond their
diagnosis, defy their cancer, reclaim their lives & connect with others doing the same.
Founded in 2001 by professional kayaker Brad Ludden. Based in Denver, Colorado
Programs are offered free of charge to participants
In 2013, First Descents offered nearly 50 program trips
Two ways to get involved:
1) Gear donation:
• Donate gear for the raffle and swag for the event
• Will receive banner placement and shout outs at the event as well as logo placement
on our website
2) Title Sponsor (matching donation):
• Provide gear for the raffle AND
• Match each dollar we raise (up to $2,500) for a tax-deductible donation to First
• Will receive premium logo placement on our website, booth at the event, shout outs
on our Facebook page, and shout outs from First Descents (not to mention the love
and adoration of the entire First Descents community)