Blackfoot River Kayaking Challenge


This weekend the 3rd Annual Blackfoot River Challenge will take place on the Blackfoot River.  The event will include clinics, downriver race/sprints, and a whitewater slalom event.  Brandon, the event organizer said the event is open to kayaks, canoes, and stand up paddle boards.

The event will serve as a fundraiser for the Missoula Food Bank.  The BRC will be taking donations and non-perishable food items.  I think many of us associate hunger with cold weather and always contribute to these types of organizations in the winter.  Let’s not forget that even though it’s warm out people still need assistance. This will be an easy and fun way to give back!

This year’s event will have great water levels and the downriver race is guaranteed to make your forearms burn.  This is also a great opportunity to see what slalom kayaking is all about.  With no course here in Missoula, the sport does not have much popularity.  Some of the best kayakers I know come from a slalom background, focused on technical strokes, great balance, and amazing boat speed.

The event kicks off Friday with a slalom clinic. The competition and food drive start Saturday and Sunday.   Registration is $20 and all proceeds will be donated to the Missoula Food Bank.

For registration details, times and more information go to:

Missoula Food Bank


Check out these other blogs by Jason Shreder, owner of Zoo Town Surfers: Go with the Flow and Get in the Know or Kayaking the Lochsa River or The Sellway River – A Preason Kayaking Treat .

You may also want to check out our page on Missoula Kayaking, Canoeing, and Rafting.

See Jason Shredder’s “Go With the Flow” archive.


Jason Shreder, owner of local whitewater company Zoo Town Surfers. I love Missoula, the great community, and all the awesome water that surrounds it.  I’m constantly moving and 90% of that movement involves kayaking, rafting, working, and hanging out with my awesomely supportive girlfriend and dogs.