Paddlefest is a celebration of the Slave River, one of the world’s best lesser-known whitewater paddling destinations. In Fort Smith, we are blessed to have access to this beautiful and mighty river, where pelicans and paddlers of all skill levels come to play in the world-class whitewater for the August long weekend.
Paddlefest includes all kinds of fun events like flat-water canoe races (tandem and voyageur), guided hikes, kids paddling games, whitewater kayak rodeos and races (beginner and advanced), stand-up paddleboard jousting, a beach-themed party, awards dinners, amazing food, and more!
Participate in Paddlefest
You can register as a paddler for the whole weekend or just the Flatwater Friday events. With events for paddlers of all experience levels, there’s something for everyone!
Everyone is welcome to watch and show support for paddlers! Land activities passes include entry to all non-water events, including the awards dinner and beach party.
Check out some of the fun activities we feature annually at Paddlefest!
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