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Salmon La Sac Whitewater, Slalom and Music Weekend

Whitewater Races and
weekend Gathering!!  (aka:  Bottoms-Up Regatta)

JUNE 2-3, 2018
Everyone is welcome; it’s not just for racers! So plan now to head to the Cle Elum River for the first weekend in June. The event is held at the Salmon la Sac campground (near Roslyn, in eastern Washington).

Practice on slalom gates in class 2 whitewater
Participate in a Downriver Race – open to all kinds of boats
Join a group afternoon river run
Kid’s Scavenger Hunt 7:00 pm
Music Jammin’ around the campfire
Potluck dessert chow-down

Fun Slalom race for all boats - Racer’s meeting 9:30 am
No-host Pizza night in Roslyn

Friday, June 2 – We need help to construct the slalom course on Friday and may need help Saturday morning if enough folks didn’t show on Friday. You’ll get river practice in early and grab a good campsite! Volunteers needed; no experience required. Seriously, VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. Email Jennie at or call at 206-713-0520.

Saturday - Practice on the slalom course all day. Participate in a
class II+ downriver race or join a group doing a class II+ downriver run.

Saturday night - kid's Scavenger Hunt, the Clive Lister Memorial Toast, potluck dessert chowdown and a musical jamfest (bring your musical instrument, your lawn chair, a dessert or drink if you’re so inclined and your own plate, fork, and cup). All happening at campsite 002.

Sunday - Slalom race. This race is NOT just for race boats. Plastic boats have their own class and even their own trophies. Never tried slalom before? This is a good time and place to give it a go.

Location: At the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Salmon la Sac campground. The slalom site is right outside the campground. The campground is perfect for kids and non-paddling family members, too. Hiking, mountain biking and road biking opportunities are right there.

About the River:
Other class IV runs nearby (

Camping: The Salmon la Sac campground has SOME first-come, first-served sites available, but most can be reserved. Go to and select salmon la Sac Campground. Racers have reserved quite a number of spots already, so if you’re a small group, you may be able to join one of us that still have space in a double site already reserved. Check out the WKC or NW League Facebook pages or contact me.
For seasoned whitewater paddlers, check-out the Cle Elum canyon and Cooper Creek runs

Cost: On-water participation – Saturday only or both Saturday and Sunday is $25.00 per person. More than one slalom race class is an additional $5.00, but you can do both downriver and slalom for $25.00. There will be separate classes based on age, gender, and type of boat. The prizes (there are many winners at SLS!) are really cool this year; don’t miss out.

How to Get There: Navigate I-90 east of Seattle and exit at Roslyn. Drive
through town (the whole place is a speed trap and stays a speed trap until
you get to the campground: Beware!) to the end of the road, and there you
are at both the race site and campground.

Need more info? or Contact Race Director, Jennie at: 206-713-0520. No cell service at the campground – I’m heading up Thursday night May 31st. And, no. Sorry, I can’t reserve a campsite for you.

Friday, June 1, 2018 to Sunday, June 3, 2018
Salmon La Sac Campground and Cle Elum River
Roslyn, WA  
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