BoatSmith Whitewater Festival
The annual BoatSmith in the Smith River National Recreation Area invites paddlers to a downriver race on the largest undammed river in California, the Smith River. This event brings the boating community together for a whitewater-filled weekend with boat races on Class 2/3 and Class 4/5 rapids. The actual location is announced right before the event (tune to their Facebook page for updates!) but you’ll be floating somewhere on the scenic Smith. Part of this is because of the fluctuation in river flows, and dealing with the ever-changing river environment.
They’ll be raffling off some really awesome gear from cool sponsors. There will also be a live band, awards night, and DJ Winner for the after-party. Sunday’s festivities include a mass float somewhere on the Smith River.
The event is held at Patrick Creek Campground, directly across from the Patrick Creek Lodge where you can get a comfy room for the night or camp at the Patrick Creek Campground. There is a lighted walkway to the campground from the lodge, and the campground is already reserved for BoatSmith.