Gently Down the Stream

The Oklahoma River comes alive with a thrilling on-the-water competition.


Paddle, swim, dive or drive down to the Oklahoma River in early August to experience the American Canoe Association Sprint National Club Championship and U.S. Masters National Championship at Riversport Adventures in Oklahoma City. This year’s event features an updated race program with four days of exhilarating, on-the-water competition.

The championship welcomes top collegiate and junior paddlers from around the country – from Hawaii to Washington – along with a handful of Oklahoma athletes, too, battling it out for a spot in a coveted regatta. 

Competitors row down the Oklahoma river at last year’s American Canoe Association Sprint National Club Championship.
Photo by Georgia Read

“The athletes competing in August … are working to qualify for the 2018 Olympic Hopes Regatta in Poland,” says Aasim Saleh, the ACA sprint junior national team manager and Riversport director of paddlesports. “So you’re going to see the best of the best on the Oklahoma River.”

“This is the fifth national championship for canoers and kayakers to be held in Oklahoma City,” adds Mike Knopp, Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation executive director. “They keep coming back because Oklahoma City’s Boathouse District is a great venue for an event like this.”

Riversport Adventures, including the ever-thrilling Riversport Rapids and the SandRidge Sky Zip, are open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the Sprint National Championships, meaning you can watch the competition on the shore of the river or get in on the fun yourself during the Aug 1-4 event. 

For more information on the championships and RiverSport Adventures, visit