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|8th annual Puntledge River Paddle Festival||By Jeroen|
Where: Canada, BC, Maple Pool Campsite, Courtenay
Here it comes. The Puntledge will flow. 85 cms on Saturday and 85 - 110cms on Sunday. There will be shuttles, movies, games, good times, and lots of paddling taking place in the town of Courtenay. The festival takes place the last weekend of May.he Puntledge River Paddle Festival will be held on the Puntledge and Browns Rivers in Courtenay, British Columbia, on May 30 -June 1/08. There will be guaranteed releases on the Puntledge River out of the Comox Lake Dam all weekend. There will be a release of 65 CMS on Saturday from 9-12 am. The river will then take about two hours to ramp up to 85 CMS. It will stay at 85 CMS till 5 pm. The Puntledge River will run at 110 CMS from 10 am-3 pm on Sunday.
The Puntledge River is one of the best (if not the best), small volume play rivers in BC. It has tons of waves and holes which get better as the water level rises. The play features have names like the three little pigs, tarp and play, spectator wave, river wide, table top, the fish hatchery wave, the tree wave and Grahams wave. BC Hydro has worked with us to ensure releases from the Comox Lake dam. Many thanks to the ongoing efforts of our River Impact Coordinator, Shayne Vollmers. Five winters ago we did a study to determine what the best all around river level is. We ran the river at different levels. It was determined that the best over all level is approximately 85 CMS (the same flow that we will have on Saturday afternoon).
This event has been sanctioned by CanoeKayak BC (CKBC) and is insured. Participants must be members of the VIWPS/CKBC to paddle at this event. We have permission from BC Hydro and the Ministry of the Environment to hold the event. They have been co-insured. They have given us access to areas we normally do not have access to.
Event activities include shuttles, beginner and intermediate guided river runs, beginner clinics, and boat demos. There will be a party at the Maple Pool Campsite Saturday night where there will be a couple of Movies and a Couple of different contests. There will be a gear raffle and prize give a ways. *BRING YOUR OWN FOOD AND BOOZE.*♦
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