18th Annual Manitoba Whitewater Festival 2018

 Getting ready for the river run above Farmers

Getting ready for the river run above Farmers

Friday June 24 to Sunday June 24 2018

Cooks Falls Campground

$50 Early Bird Registration (Before 15 June)

$75 Regular Registration (After 15 June)

-includes camping and dinner on Saturday

MWC Weekend membership is $25 (if not currently a member)

$25 Clinics from Wavpaddling, Parkland Paddling Club and Prairie Whitewater

Thanks to our many sponsors


Download Registration Form

Friday evening:            Registration, Party in the barn, Bring your own food.

Saturday morning:       Registration, Paddling clinics (9:00-12:30 AM).

Saturday afternoon:    Fun and games at the Old Pinawa Dam (Organized by Steve Walker)

Saturday evening:       Catered supper and snacks by Lee River B and B (Ash’s Mum)

Saturday night:            OPD awards, music, dancing, prizes, bonfire till sunrise.

Sunday morning:         Breakfast provided by WAVpaddling, Shingdig finishes at 11:00 AM

Sunday afternoon:       Open paddling for all  (non MWC event).

 Cathy Woods teaching Wavpaddling clinic at Cooks Falls. 

Cathy Woods teaching Wavpaddling clinic at Cooks Falls. 

 Optional Clinics (First Come, First Serve, so register early)

Kayak Clinics

Kayaking Rolling Instructor: Lori Neufeld of WAVpaddling will take you through a progression of skills that lead to developing a strong and consistent kayak roll.

Newbies River Kayaking Instructor: Cathy Woods from WAVpaddling will provide an introduction for paddlers who have never kayaked in moving water or those with some experience wishing to review and improve their skills. Topics include: river features, safety signals, eddy turns and ferrying.

Precision Paddling: Instructors: Steven Walker of Prairie Whitewater and Mick Lautt Parkland Paddling Club. Fine tune your river running skills. Topics include: eddy turns, peelouts, ferries, and s-turns. Students will work on precision paddling, efficiency and finesse. A strong roll and experience on class 2 rivers are a requirement for this clinic.

All Kayaking Clinics will take place at the Old Pinawa Dam. Please be there and ready to paddle by 9:30am.

Whitewater Canoe Clinics Instructors: Dwayne Dosch, Ash Dent, Brian Johnston

 Open to all skill levels, solo or tandem. Clinic offerings will be customized based on participant interest and to make best use of the water levels. Work on surfing, rolling, running complex lines, rescue, etc...

Canoe Clinics will take place along the Whitemouth River. Be ready to leave with the group from Cook’s Campground at 9:00 am.


Paddling gear to bring (bring extra gear to share)

  • paddle, kayak, spray skirt, life jacket
  • helmet, a hockey helmet will work in a pinch, no visor please!
  • dry top or dry suit, neoprene wet suit or equivalent insulating layer for your legs and torso
  •  just say no to cotton, Merino wool or polypropylene base layer
  • neoprene gloves, paddling gloves, neoprene skull cap
  • dry bag, whistle, throw rope,  first aid kit,  pin kit
  • if you need paddling equipment the club has some boats etc email manitobawhitewaterclub@gmail.com

Food you will need to supply

  • supper Friday night
  • breakfast Saturday morning.
  •  lunch on Saturday and Sunday

Campground amenities

  • flush toilets, hot and cold running water in bathrooms and coin operated shower.
  • drinking water in bathrooms and in the barn
  • stove and fridge in barn

Directions to Cooks Campground Link to Map

If you are travelling from Ontario:
Travelling west on the Trans Canada Turn right (north) onto highway #11 at Hadashville Follow highway #11 past the town of Elma to the junction of the #11 and #44. Turn left (west) and drive a few km's and turn left (north) on Rice Road. (see directions below)

If you are travelling east from Winnipeg:
Take highway #15 (Dugald Road) east to the town of Elma. At Elma, turn left (north) onto highway #11. When you get to the junction of #11 and #44, turn left (west). Drive about 1 km and turn left (north) on Rice Road (watch for the small green sign with white lettering).

From Rice Road: (don't take any deadends and you will get there)
Heading north on Rice Road you will cross a set of tracks (these are uncontrolled so be cautious). The road will dead end and turn left and bring you to a four way uncontrolled intersection. Hang a right onto River Road. The road will dead end and turn left again, then after the big dip, it will dead end and turn right. Watch for the Cook's Campground sign on the second side road (low on the ground), and hang a left into the single track lane. Look for a bright red barn in the distance. Congratulations you have found it!

Directions to Old Pinawa Dam (Saturday Afternoon) Link to Map

From Lac Du Bonnet, head north on #11, turn right on #313 crossing over the Winnipeg River direction Pointe du Bois for about 5 km, turn right on Old Pinawa Dam Rd, continue for 6 km and turn into Old Pinawa Dam Park (MB Park Pass needed).