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BoatSmith is about Boaters, the Smith River, and the Local Community.  BoatSmith is open to everyone. So join us.  Compete, Celebrate, Connect.  BoatSmith is a fundraiser for the Gasquet Mountain School to help get youth outdoors.


Want to help out?  Sign up to be a volunteer either for race day safety, set-up/take-down, or registration.  You'll get free admission to the festival, and of course the appreciation of your fellow boaters!  If you have any questions about specifics please Contact us!


BoatSmith is a Festival bringing boaters together.  Experience a great weekend on the Smith River, and support the local community.  There will be a number of competitive races ranging from Class II to Class V.  We are also opening the door to competitors using all types of boats.  Whether that be a Hardshell, Canoe, or Inflatable Kayak.  Rafts, Cats, and Creature Crafts are welcome too.  Wanna race a SUP or a River Board?  Currently we are planning down river races on a class II to III section and a IV/V class.  Look at the Race Day page for more details on class/boat races.  Also feel free to contact us if you have a boat you'd like to represent.

We will also have a kick-ass awards party Saturday night with some local brews, a movie night , and a raffle. 


BoatSmith will be held on the Smith River in Northwest California.  There will be free camping at Patrick Creek Campground across from the historic Patrick Creek Lodge.  If you prefer not to camp contact the Patrick Creek Lodge soonas rooms are limited.  Awards and Movie Night will be held at the lodge.  Bonfire and after party will be held at the campground.


The actual race location will be level dependent, but if flows are in the normal range we are planning on doing downriver races on the Mary Adams stretch for Class II/III and Oregon Hole Gorge for the IV/V.


BoatSmith will be held on Presidents Day Weekend, February 15-18, 2019.  

Schedule of Events

Friday, February 15

10 AM:  Campground Opens

2 PM:  Pre-Registration Opens

5 PM:  Beer Garden Opens

7:30 PM:  BirdBox Showing (Patricks Creek Lodge)

Saturday, February 16

7 AM:  Coffee Opens

9 AM:  Registration Opens (Mary Adams @ Margies Put-in)

10:00 AM:  Registration Closes (Mary Adams)

10:15 AM:  Mandatory Safety Meeting (Mary Adams Race @ Margies Put-in)

11:15 AM:  Mary Adams Race Begins @ Just aboveHardscrabble Creek

12:30 PM  Registration Opens (Oregon Hole Gorge @ Middle Fork Gorge Put-in)

1:30 PM Registration Closes (Oregon Hole Gorge)

1:45 PM Mandatory Safety Meeting (Oregon Hole Gorge @ Middle Fork Gorge Put-in)

2:15 PM Oregon Hole Race Starts @ Middle Fork Put-in

5:00 PM Beer Garden opens

6:30 PM Movie Night (Patricks Creek Lodge)

7:30 PM Awards and Raffle (Patricks Creek Lodge)

8:30 PM Bonfire/Party (Patricks Creek Campground)

Sunday, February 17

9:00 AM North Fork Smith Mass Float (Bearfoot Brad's) (Shuttles need to be arranged at least the day prior)

Monday, February 18

9:00 AM Clean up crew FREE Breakfast

9:45 AM Volunteer Clean up

11:00 AM Campground closes

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