ARF 2013

Plan to join us Sept 6-7, 2014, for the Friends Of the River Annual Gear swap at Henningsen Lotus Park in Lotus, and on September 20-21 for the Annual American River Slalom Races at the Nugget. !

This year’s events take place over two weekends, consisting of the  Friends of the River Gear Swap on September 6-7 and the annual American River Festival Slalom races on September 20-21.  We hope you will plan to come check out the awesome array of used gear and equipment available through the FOR Gear Swap at HLP County Park and then join in the fun atmosphere and grass roots style training and “racing” at the Nugget Slalom Races this year!

The Nugget event is free to all participants, but it will have a $5/person fee to cover the day use fees. If you have a Nugget Pass then you are covered for day use. Paddling will start at 8:30am on both Saturday and Sunday, and water is expected to last till 1 pm or so. Please do not bring dogs to the Nugget. Day use fees are payable on site and no pre-registration is required.     For more information you can contact Keith Kishiyama, or Dan Crandall (Dan is available after 9/16).
Bring your friends, juniors, newer paddlers and all are welcome. Look forward to seeing you there!

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Friends of the River Annual Gear Swap @ ARF!

Need river gear? Got too much? Maybe you just want to make some money off that old bucket boat to buy your own self-bailer? Come to FOR’s annual river gear swap at American River Festival, September 6th and 7th, 2014 at Henningsen-Lotus Park in Lotus, California. We already have an assortment of used kayaks, rafts, and boat frames with too many life jackets and paddles to count and more! Help keep the tradition alive by signing up to bring gear or volunteer. A committee of experienced Gear Swap types are coming together to make this happen. If you would like more information or want to get involved, please email See you on river and at the swap!

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Welcome to our new website!

We hope you enjoy the new American River Festival website. We’ll be using the blog to post updates and news from the event.

Please consider visiting us on Flickr and YouTube. We’d love to have you share your Festival photos and videos with us!

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