Truckee River Whitewater Park

NileGuide Expert Says:

Many Reno Artown Events are held near the Whitewater Park.


300 W First St.
Reno, NV 89501

NileGuide Expert tip:

This is still a river, not a water park. So keep safety in mind when playing in the pools and rapids.


The Truckee River Whitewater Park brings the outdoors into downtown Reno. This area of the Truckee River, which runs from Lake Tahoe to Pyramid Lake has been redesigned to accommodate kayakers, swimmers and tubers. It runs right through Wingfield Park and past the downtown Arts District. The entire park is 2,600 feet in length.

There is easy access to the river from all directions and a total of 11 drop pools: five drop pools in the north channel; six in the south channel for kayaking maneuvers that decrease slightly in elevation with each successive pool, to keep them supplied with fresh water. There are 7,000 tons of smooth flat-top rocks and boulders installed along the river banks and in-stream for easy public access, spectators, and kayaking maneuvers. The deep pools are continuously filled with fresh water to provide a good habitat for fish, particularly Lahontan cutthroat trout.

There are various pedestrian walkways for convenient mobility between the streets and Wingfield Park. The water temperature ranges between 50 and 70 degrees and it does not freeze.

The difficulty rating is Class 2-3 course and kayakers must wear helmets and floatation devices. Various kayaking maneuvers include freestyle, front and side surfing, cartwheeling, throwing ends, blunt moves, spoofing and splatting, flat spinning, loops, front flips, slalom racing. There are some boulders within the channels.


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