Feather Fest 2016
The Feather River Festival is held each year at the Indian Jim School near Belden, CA along the North Fork of the Feather River. This festival has become a favorite of California boaters. Entry to the party is just $5 and proceeds help to support American Whitewater. There is also a downriver race on the Tobin Section and a slalom course just near the Indian Jim School. There will also be a silent auction and of course 3 great sections of whitewater to enjoy.
The class III Rogers Crossing Section features a couple of really amazing standout rapids with a great boof drop. This section is about 6 miles long and it is great for beginner boaters, while offering some more serious class III features to navigate. American Whitewater has negotiated to have improvements made to the put in area which has been an issue in years past.
The class V Tobin section is a fun 1.1 mile section of river sandwiched in the middle of 2 great intermediate sections of whitewater. This section is definitely not the kids table. There are some pretty spectacularly powerful features in this section that can cause some serious problems and there are some really concerning hazards in this part.
The Class IV Lobin Section is often the Marquee section of the Feather Fest. Rapids are easy enough for a wide array of paddlers to either have some fun laps with their friends or for newer boaters to push themselves a bit while still having a close road to escape to and plenty of good boaters around to support them. Lobin is 2.4 miles of fabulous granite flakes and boulder gardens. Plenty of drops, boofs, and small slides fill this section of river.
The festival itself is held at the Indian Jim School and Campground right between highway 70 and the North Fork of the Feather River. There will be several bands, a silent auction, and new this year a food truck will be there. You will need to get a permit to use stoves at the event. For more details check out American Whitewater's event page for more details.