Saturday morning we awoke bright and early to make the short travel to Wausau, WI for a day of adventure. Our first stop was at Wausau Whitewater.
This is a a great place to try out your whitewater skills, or to learn new skills from some very knowledgeable paddlers. Both my son and husband have participated in this coarse in the past and have learned a great deal of skills here. I also over heard today that we will be returning soon to give this another try.
The portion of the river is very popular when the organization posts that there is going to be a dam release for whitewater purposes. These releases last from 10am-4pm, and in this time you can register for lessons, participate in the recreational release, or you can sit on the edge of the river and just enjoy the show. There is a small fee to participate, although spectating is free. Today,that is what we did.
The nicest thing here for me, as a mom and a wife, is there is medical personnel waiting on the edge, on the rocks mid river, and throw ropes laying all along the edge of the river for spectators to pitch in if needed. Along with the medical personnel, fellow kayakers will also assist mid river when they can.
Here is the river, calm and relaxing before the dam release.
And during the release
If you would need to exit your kayak anywhere along here and cannot make it to the edge of the river, there is a nice little lake waiting for you at the end of the whitewater. Feet in front of you is the rule, and enjoy the ride on your backside.
Here are some pictures I captured of some experienced whitewater paddlers doing what they do best.
Here is a little trick they all use to get more volume in their kayaks which makes it easier to flip the boat over themselves while in the rapid.
Yes, that is a beach ball. They stuff it between their legs under their skirt that covers the kayak cockpit. Genius!
We also saw a class of mostly women taking their first whitewater lesson today. All looked quite nervous as they made their way down river to learn the basics.
This is an awesome place for paddlers to try their skills, hang out with fellow whitewater paddlers and just have a great time. If you come from far, there is a wonderful little area that kayakers are allowed to camp for the weekend and it is literally right next to the rivers edge.
It’s the one place that you can see a rainbow of colors and you don’t even have to look up to the sky.
Happy Paddling Everyone:)