• August 31, 2018 - October 1, 2018
    12:00 am - 6:00 pm

2018 Canoe Slalom Nationals will be held at NRG Power Plant, Dickerson MD.



All minors who are on the water, either for practice or racing, must have a minor waiver signed by parents or guardians and NOTARIZED. Minor waivers are here.


Adults who are on the water need need an adult waiver. This waiver does NOT need to be notarized. Adult waivers are here.

Spectators, volunteers, and race officials

Minors who are watching the race (and not on the water) should bring a minor waiver signed by parents or guardians, The waiver does NOT need to be notarized after being signed.

Adults spectators need an adult waiver. This waiver does NOT need to be notarized. Adult waivers are here.


Permanent waiver holders

Minors and adults with a permanent waiver on file with plant do NOT need any waivers. If you have questions about your permanent waiver status, please email to potomacwhitewaterracing@gmail.com.




Racers and race officials

The guards will escort groups of cars from the front gate of plant to the race course. We are not allowed to drive to or from the course on our own. If you miss a group, the next one will leave in 20-30 minutes. We are a large group; build enough time into your schedule to wait at the gate if needed.


In order to avoid long waits for racers at the guard gate, we highly recommend that spectators walk into the course from C&O Canal towpath. This will also allow you the flexibility to arrive and leave on your own timeframe, and not wait for the guards to escort you down. You can park at the Dickerson Conservation Park or the Mouth of Monocracy.

If spectators are on the gate list and need to drive to the course, please plan to arrive at the gate AFTER 9:15 am on Saturday and Sunday. This will allow the guards to escort the racers down to the course first.



The Dickerson Whitewater Course, on the Potomac River near Dickerson, Maryland, was built for use by canoe and kayak paddlers training for the 1992 Olympic Games in Spain. It was the first pump-powered artificial whitewater course built in North America, and is still the only one anywhere with heated water. It remains an active training center for whitewater slalom racing, swiftwater rescue training, and other whitewater activities.

The facility is owned by the NRG Energy company. Except during special events, access requires membership in the Potomac Whitewater Racing Center, a USA Canoe/Kayak National Training Center. The course was constructed in 1991, inside a pre-existing straight, 900-foot (270 m)-long concrete channel, 40 feet (12 m) wide. Since 1959, the channel has returned cooling water from the Dickerson Generating Station to the Potomac River, 41 miles (66 km) upstream from Washington, D.C. Water is pumped from the river, warmed as much as 35 °F (20 °C) as it cools the power plant's three coal-fired generators, and then emptied into the channel for gravity flow back to the river. (The plant has three other generators which use a different cooling system.) Streamflow through the course is 200 cu ft/s (5.7 m3/s) to 600 cu ft/s (17 m3/s), depending on the operation of the plant's three coal-fired generators and their six cooling water pumps. In the summer months, when water temperature in the channel exceeds 100 °F (38 °C), the course is closed for health reasons. It is also closed when the Potomac River rises above 5 feet (1.5 m) on the Little Falls gauge 20,000 cu ft/s (570 m3/s), flooding the lower section of the course.