Nationals Update

June 20, 2010

The 2010 Wildwater Nationals on the Skagit River are less than 6 weeks away!  The races will be held July 31st and August 1st on the Skagit River, just outside of Newhalem, Washington.  There is water available on the river every day due to releases for power generation, and there is a lot to do in the area, so plan on coming out early for practice and vacation.

Here are a couple of things to keep in mind while planning your trip:


Registration forms can be found at


Boat control and registration will be on Friday, July 30th.

Registration will continue on Saturday morning, July 31st.

The Sprint race will start at 12:00 p.m. on July 31st.

The Classic race will start at 12:00 p.m. on August 1st.

Flying to Washington:

Fly into Bellingham Airport (2 hour drive from the race site) or SeaTac (3.5-4.0 hour drive from race site).


While many boats have been reserved, we still have a few available.  Look on to find contact information, and if you don’t see what you need, email wierc1 at  We may be able to find a boat for you.

Ship boats to ODFL Seattle.  Use information at the above web address.


It’s time to reserve your lodging!

Camping is free at the race site, but reserve your space by emailing wierc1 at

A bunkhouse is available in Newhalem (1/2 mile upriver of the put-in), and has kitchen facilities available.  Cost is $30 per night per person.  Email wierc1 at to reserve a spot.  Reservations must be made by July 10th, as some beds in the bunkhouse may be used by Seattle City Light Employees for work at the power station.

We look forward to seeing all of you in a few weeks!


Time to Buy Your Plane Tickets!

June 11, 2010

For those of you planning on traveling to Washington for Wildwater Nationals this summer, here’s a quick update about the race schedule.

The races will start at or just after noon on both Saturday and Sunday, because the river level will not stabilize ’til just before mid-day on July 31st and August 1st.  If you are planning to leave on Sunday night, be aware that the classic is Sunday, and will not finish ’til 2:00 at the earliest, and it can be a 3.5 to 4 hour drive to the Seattle Airport from the race location.

We will shortly post more about things to do while in the area, and answers to some of the most frequently asked questions that we’ve recieved.