Whitewater Open Canoe Downriver


The purpose of the American Canoe Association (ACA) is to unite all persons interested in canoeing, kayaking, and rafting and thereby through our organization provide educational, informational and training services to increase safety, enjoyment and skills of those paddling on rivers, lakes, estuaries and other bodies of water. In order to maintain consistent rules and safety standards for paddling events throughout the United States, the ACA as the National Governing Body (NGB) in the United States oversees paddlesport disciplines through National Activity Committees and the National Competition Council. The ACA uses the term “discipline” to refer to the type of paddling activity, which is determined by the type of paddle craft and the waterway on which it is used. Altogether, the ACA sanctions and produces events that represent more than 15 paddlesport disciplines and WWOCD is one of those disciplines. The National Competition Council oversees the development of all program plans and other reports generated by a National Activity Committee such as the WWOCD and develops the general procedures and protocols as it deems necessary and appropriate.  The purpose of the WWOCD is, to encourage, sanction and sponsor competition in “whitewater open canoe” at local, regional, national, and international levels. The WWOCD is governed by the Operating Procedures set forth by the National Competition Council. See the ACA By-Laws (effective OCT 22, 2017) Article IX: National Activity Councils and Committees.

A whitewater open canoe is a traditional open Canadian or Native American canoe, which is a boat with ends pointed and higher than the middle, symmetrical side-to-side, and propelled with single bladed paddles.  There are two categories of canoes used in WWOCD competitions.  They are defined as Stock and Unlimited. The Stock classes are intended to include canoes sold for general recreational use. In general, ABS, polyethylene, aluminum and wood/canvas canoes will qualify for inclusion (assuming they meet the dimension requirements) while fiberglass/kevlar/composite and woodstrip canoes will generally be included in the Unlimited classes. A canoe MUST be or have been a commercially available, general production model to qualify for the Stock classes.  See the WWOCD competition rules for complete details and canoe specifications.












58th Annual Canton Canoe Weekend

This is one of the premier canoe race weekends in New York State! There are top-level international competitions in solo and tandem racing canoes and kayaks. The 12 and 14 mile courses are among the most challenging on the marathon race circuit. In addition, there are 1, 3, 5 and...Read More »

43rd Annual Gunflint Trail Canoe Races

ince 1976, friends and neighbors on the upper Gunflint Trail have been organizing the Gunflint Trail Canoe Races to raise money for worthy causes benefiting all on the Trail. Since then only one year was cancelled – 1999 – when the great BWCA Blowdown occurred just a few days before...Read More »

Excitement and Sportsmanship on the Arkansas River

Jeff Owen usually posts the fastest time of the day for his canoe racing efforts. This was not the case for his OC-1 downriver race at the American Canoe Association’s Whitewater Open Canoe Downriver National Championships on the Arkansas River in Salida, Colorado held this past week. There is a...Read More »

58th Annual Canton Canoe Weekend - May 3rd, 4th and 5th, 2019

This is one of the premier canoe race weekends in New York State! There are top-level international competitions in solo and tandem racing canoes and kayaks. The 12 and 14 mile courses are among the most challenging on the marathon race circuit. In addition, there are 1, 3, 5 and...Read More »

Great Dock Canoe Race

“Last year was a good trial for them. They learned what they needed to do and they’re certainly acting on it this year.”  Back for its 42nd year, the Great Dock Canoe Race will have a family-friendly vibe this year, Jaycees president Matthew Flores said. There will be food trucks,...Read More »

13th Annual Missouri 340 July 24-27, 2018

Imagine a race across the entire state of Missouri, just you and your boat thrown against 340 miles of wind, heat, bugs and rain. This ain’t no mama’s boy float trip. This race promises to test your mettle from the first stroke in Kansas City to the last gasp in...Read More »

Yukon 1000 - July 22, 2018

The Yukon 1000 is steeped in the history of the land. When Skookum Jim Mason, Dawson Charlie and George Washington Carmack found gold in a tributary of the Klondike River in August 1896, they had little idea of what would ensue.

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AuSable River Canoe Marathon – July 29 – 30, 2017

The 70th annual running of One of the Greatest Canoe Races on Earth – The AuSable River Canoe Marathon – is upcoming July 29-30, 2017.

Known by its legions of die-hard fans simply as “The Marathon”, this event is one of the original ultra-endurance events in North America. The Marathon is...Read More »

Beaver Dam Canoe Jam

The Beaver Dam Canoe Jam canoe/kayak race is held every year at Beaverdam Park in Gloucester, Virginia.  The race is a family event for all ages. There are races in recreational canoes, sea kayaks and competition cruisers. There is also a 4 person sprint race (4 paddlers in a...Read More »

American Canoe Association Penobscot River Whitewater Nationals Regatta

The American Canoe Association (ACA) Penobscot River Whitewater Nationals Regatta will be June 28 through July 2, on the Penobscot River between Old Town and Eddington, Maine. The Penobscot Nation is hosting the event on this historically important and beautiful 9.5 mile section of river, returned to its free-flowing state...Read More »

51st Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race

The Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race, held annually on the third weekend of April, is the largest paddling event in New England and one of the largest in the country.

Hosted by the Bangor Dept. of Parks & Recreation, the 16.5 mile race begins in the Town of Kenduskeag and ends near...Read More »

Race to the Dome

Race to the Dome is a canoe/kayak/SUP race on the Missouri River. Two race courses are available to paddlers – Hartsburg to Jefferson City (15.8 miles) and Providence to Jefferson City (27.6 miles). Proceeds from the race support Missouri River Relief’s efforts to connect people to the Missouri River through...Read More »

Miller's River Challenge

Races for racing, recreational, kids and youth. Sign-up for races begins Sept 1st.  Event takes place between 10:am and 2 PM.  Features the High School Cup. A Family Race on the Millers River. New this Year: Pro Races are the first race of the day followed by the Youth Race.  Read More »

Kickapoo Reserve Dam Challenge

The Kickapoo Reserve Dam Challenge Triathlon challenges participants to compete among the rugged hills of scenic southwestern Wisconsin’s rural countryside and the Kickapoo Valley Reserve. Proceeds from this event benefit the Kickapoo Valley Reserve Education Program.

Paddle 7 miles down the winding Kickapoo River along rock out-croppings and through diverse vegetation....Read More »

12th Annual D.W. Field Triathlon

Elite triathletes and eager tri teams alike will gather for the 12th time on September 25, 2016 at beautiful D.W. Field Park just a mile off route 24 at Exit 18b. It’s the perfect closer for your tri season and you can leave the wetsuit at home for this one.

The...Read More »

Paddle Battle

The Connecticut River Paddle Battle is an end of the season event designed to give everyone an opportunity to spend a day on the river and have a good time. The serious racer will compete and then have a chance to unwind...Read More »

Outdoorsman Triathlon

The Outdoorsman Triathlon is the nations oldest continuous triathlon and consists of a 1 mile swim, 4 mile run and an 8 mile paddle down the Little Tennessee River. Individual competition is held on Saturday and 3-person relays (1 swimmer, 1 runner, 1 paddler) are held on Sunday.  In...Read More »