Illinois Whitewater Festival July 12 at Marge Cline Whitewater Park on the Fox River

Online Staff Report

YORKVILLE, Ill. — The Chicago Whitewater Association (CWA), with support from the City of Yorkville, promises a day of fun and good eats Saturday, July 12, at the Marge Cline Whitewater Park on the Fox River.

The Second Annual Illinois Whitewater Festival, sponsored by Geneva Kayak Center on the Fox, will, once again, be held in conjunction with Yorkville’s annual Ribs on the River event.

We’ve got water events planned all day beginning at 9:30,” said Andy Cocallas, one of the event planners for the CWA. “It will be a day of fun, not only for canoeists and kayakers, but for families and spectators utilizing the walkway and park on what we hope will be a beautiful summer day.”

In addition to the Geneva Kayak Center and CWA, sponsors for the whitewater festival are the Illinois Paddling Council, Rocktown Adventures with locations in Aurora and Rockford, Home Depot and Ace Hardware in Yorkville.

The Marge Cline Whitewater Park at Bicentennial Riverfront Park in Yorkville is a 1,100-foot-long bypass chute, built by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources during reconstruction of the Glen D. Palmer Dam. It has become a popular play and practice area for whitewater kayakers and canoeists from around the state as well as providing recreational fun for tubers.

The whitewater events planned for the festival include competition for kids 10 and older, slalom races for kayakers and canoeists, a cardboard regatta, as well as whitewater rodeo demonstrations by expert paddlers in both kayaks and canoes.

Registration for the whitewater festival begins at 8 a.m., with the first water event beginning at 9:30 a.m.

The Marge Cline Whitewater Park has become a favorite paddling area for people from around Illinois, which generally lacks whitewater practice, play and paddling venues on its rivers. The Geneva Kayak Center, located on the site, provides kayak instruction; safety instruction; and kayak, canoe and tube rentals.

The public will be able to buy ribs from registered contestants in the Ribs on the River event beginning at noon.

For more information, contact Andy Cocallas at (847) 830-4877 and at

Posted July 11, 2014

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