6th Annual McCarthy Creek Packraft Race

July 21, 2018

2018 Race and Festival Details to be announced soon!

We have had such an exciting and fun last 5 years that we wanted to keep the fun going.  KWG is currently working on all the details for the 2018 McCarthy Creek Packraft Race and Festival.  The big picture will include the following:

Friday July 20 – Woman’s Clinic during the day followed by a meet and Friday evening mixer at the Potato
Saturday July 21 – Packraft Race with a fun party to follow!
Sunday July 22 – Informal Kennicott River Packraft meet-up!



Up & Over Course Info:

Grand Prize: To be determined.  Check back soon for details!

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: To be determined.  Check back soon for details!   

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

Women’s Clinic Info:

Women’s Clinic FULL!!!!!!!!

The clinic has been a huge success the last 3 years!  

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: 3.5 miles; Class III (water level dependent)

Entry Fee:  Free!!

Details:  Meet at 11am at the swimming hole to learn fundamentals of packrafting and practice skills.  This is free, no gear is needed and everyone is welcome.  At 1pm Intermediate and Advanced boaters will run McCarthy creek from “The Goods” rapids down.  This is also free, some experience is necessary.  Please bring all your own gear or contact us if you need to rent gear.  There is more detail provided on the registration page!!!

 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

2017 Winner – Gavin Johnston



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

Click below to register!

Thanks to our sponsors!

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