Who We Are

The Kansas Whitewater Association is the only organization in Kansas dedicated solely to whitewater and freestyle kayakinga. We like to think of Kansas as the center of the whitewater universe - 14 hours in any direction to good whitewater. While this may be true, there are also many whitewater opportunities in our own backyard. The Kansas River offers year round paddling with two whitewater sections in western KC metro and in Lawrence. The Wakarusa wave in Lawrence offers a competition quality freestyle hole below Clinton Lake. The Trading Post down in South Eastern Kansas offers very friendly surfs and spin practice. Rocky Ford in Manhattan below Tuttle Lake offers a variety waves and holes to suit almost any surfing style, and there's great surfing to be had in Wichita on the Arkansas River outlet. More information can be found under River Gauges on the website navigation.


The Kansas Whitewater Association was formed in January of 2004 by a small group of paddlers looking to get the word out about freestyle kayaking in Kansas. While we started with only five paddlers, we have grown to over 30 in just a few months time. The word quickly began to spread and other kayakers started to join us. Slowly but surely a community of paddlers is being built. We now have members from across the state and even Oklahoma.

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