Truckee River Whitewater Park

The Truckee River is located in the High Sierra in Nevada and connects Reno with Lake Tahoe, which is the source of the river.  It is named after a former chief of the Paiute People. Kayaking and whitewater rafting have been enjoyed on the Truckee River since the 1960s but unfortunately the river lacked proper public access, environmental improvements and navigability. In 2004 the Truckee River Whitewater Park was opened, which allowed for a whole range of aquatic activities such as kayaking, canoeing, white water rafting and white water tubing.

Located in the heart of downtown Reno, within walking distance of 24-hour hotel-casinos, museums, shopping, dining and more, the Truckee River Whitewater Park is the only whitewater park in the United States that is open year-round offering a constant flow of clean, fresh water and favourable climate.  Although costing several million to build, it was a joint venture between various government authorities and some private donors; the Whitewater Park is free for participants to use.

Basically, the park is made up of two channels.  The North Channel features a 1,400 foot long (426 metres) freestyle kayaking course and five drop pools.  As for its difficulty, this is dependent on the amount of water flow, changes and water flow but ranges from class two to three on a scale of one to six.

The South Channel has a 1,200 foot (365 metres) slalom kayaking course and six drop pools, and was designed to be suitable for international competition by champion kayaker Scott Shipley.

The Park also features tiered riverbank seating for spectators and athletes.  There are other facilities provided too, such as an amphitheatre for concerts and shows, basketball courts, tennis courts, picnic areas and restroom facilities.

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