5th Annual McCarthy Creek Packraft Race

July 22, 2017

Up & Over Course Info:

Grand Prize: Men’s and Woman’s first place each get $350 Alpacka Bucks to be used for anything Alpacka Rafts sells or towards any new boat or modification of your current boat! 

Difficulty: Advanced

Hiking & Elevation Gain/Loss:  6.5 miles; +3,200’/-2,750′; off-trail route finding skills needed

Packrafting section:  10.5 miles; Class III+ (water level dependent), mandatory portage

Entry Fee:  $75/person

Z Rock Down Course Info:

Grand Prize: Men’s first place is a Shred Ready helmet, and Woman’s first place is a Werner 4-peice paddle both thanks to the awesome folks at AMH!   

Difficulty: Moderate

Hiking & Elevation Gain/Loss:  5 miles; +735’/-255′; Trail hiking

Packrafting section:  5 miles; Class III (water level dependent)

Entry Fee:  $50/person

For full race day details and schedule of events, click the button below:

Full Race Weekend Schedule

Women’s Clinic Info:

The clinic was a huge success last year!  This year we want to make it available to even more women so we are changing it up a  little!  

Friday, July 21

10am- Novice to Advanced: All are welcome!  We will meet at the Swimming Hole in McCarthy for an introduction to packrafting.  Here we will introduce you to fundamentals of packrafting including: Environmental Concerns and Equipment, River Reading, Principles of River Safety and Rescue, Self Rescue, Basic Paddle Strokes and Basic Boating Maneuvers.    We will have boats and drysuits available to practice paddle strokes, maneuvering, and wet entry.  We encourage advanced boaters to come to this portion as well!

12 pm – **FULL**Intermediate to Advanced: We will meet at the McCarthy Creek Bridge to preview the Z-Rock Down Race.  This is meant for women who already have experience with packrafting in class II-III water who want to preview the course before the race (and go boating with a bunch of rad women!).  Please bring your own boating equipment, if you do not own your own equipment KWG is offering 1/2 off rentals for the clinic.

Use the form to the right to register.  Contact KWG @ 907-554-4444 or mail@kennicottguides.com with any questions.  The 10am section has no limit (but we would like to know you are coming), the 12pm race preview space is limited, so register early!

Difficulty: Novice to Moderate.

Hiking & Elevation Gain/Loss:  Novice: No hiking needed.  Intermediate:  5 miles; +735’/-255′; Trail hiking

Packrafting section:  Novice: Flatwater practice area.  Intermediate: 5 miles; Class III (water level dependent)

Entry Fee:  Free!!

KWG requires each participant have the following equipment:

River Worthy Packraft

1 or 2 Piece Drysuit


PFD (Type III or IV)

Personal First Aid Kit

 Everyone is a winner, but if we had to pick just one every year, the awards go to…


2013 winner – Luc Mehl

2014 winner – Killian Sump

2015 winner – Rob Whitney

2016 winner – Chris Erickson



Another year full of fun awaits!  Stay tuned throughout the winter for more details about the 2017 race and the rest of the Whitewater Festival.

2 Steps to Register:

#1 Fill out the following form. Then hit the grey Submit button at the bottom.

#2 Pay for your reservation by clicking on the race of choice at the bottom of the form (Women’s Clinic 10am still open, 12pm FULL)

Packraft Race/Clinic Registration

  • This does not have to be your final decision. If you would like to change courses on the day of the race after evaluating water levels and conditions, that is ok, we just want to get an idea of how many participants in each course.
  • Feel free to ask us any questions you might have about the race or the weekend in general: 907-554-4444, mail@kennicottguides.com
  • Please let us know if you are interested in the Introduction to Packrafting at 10, the Race Preview at 12pm, or both. If you are planning to participate in the Race Preview, write a few words about your boating experience to make sure you are eligible.
Click below to make payment.  If you change your mind on the day of the race, we can adjust payment at that time.  If you have any trouble paying please call 907-554-4444.