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    The organizers of the Ohiopyle Over The Falls Festival, along with its partner, American Whitewater, have decided not to hold the event in 2017. The primary reason for the cancellation is after 17 years of holding this event the goal of getting access to the Falls had been accomplished in 2010. The event continued hoping the initial Private Boater Ohiopyle Falls Access Guidelines would be modified after the pilot period. Unfortunately, guideline modifications to date have been limited. In 2016 event organizers were required to move the event past Labor Day creating conflicts with other opportunities for the paddling community. In addition, the event was postponed due to high water in 2016.

    Fortunately, for the paddling community and spectators there are other events involving waterfalls. Spectators and paddlers are welcomed to come to the 2nd Annual Cuyahoga Falls Kayak Race in downtown Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio April 22, 2017. The scenic, urban setting provides both spectators and racers alike with spectacular views of the river. In addition, the location offers all the amenities of an urban river, including lodging, restaurants and outdoor supply stores within minutes of the race course. The mayor and community are supporting this event so we would encourage everyone to support this event. For more information see:

    On August 20, 2017 once again there will be a spectacular event at Valley Falls State Park on the Tygart River in West Virginia. There will be a clinic on how to run a water fall and plans are on the way to also have a race. Once again the State Park will support this event and Corp of Engineers will adjust the water to an appropriate level for paddlers. Spectators are also welcomed.