• PO Box 20194, Lehigh Valley, PA 18002

Welcome to Lehigh Valley Kayak & Canoe Club!

  1. Adaptive Paddle at Lake Nockamixon

    August 27 @ 4:00 pm
  2. Lehigh River: The Glen to Bowmanstown

    September 2 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
  3. Paddle and Pot Luck at the Ledges!

    September 7 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  4. Set up For Larry March Slalom

    September 8 @ 8:30 am
  5. Larry March Slalom Race 2017

    September 9 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  6. Fall Kayak Trip

    September 29 @ 8:00 am - October 2 @ 5:00 pm

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Larry March Slalom Race 2017

This year’s Larry March Slalom will take place on September 9 and 10. Saturday, September 8, will be course set up day and Sunday, September 10, will be race day.

Event Schedule:

Saturday, September 9:
8:00 AM -12 noon course setup and registration.
12 noon – 2pm slalom clinic
2 pm until 4 pm – course open for practice runs.
Sunday, September 10:
8:30 am- racers meeting
9 am – 4 pm competition racing
4 pm- 4:30 pm award ceremony
4:30 til 5:30 course tear down

Google Map Directions Note: You will be parking in the Allentown Police Academy Parking Lot. The 15th Street bridge is repaired and your GPS will route you to the parking lot.
Written Directions for those without GPS.

Hotel and Campgrounds: There are a number of hotels and campgrounds in and around the Lehigh Valley. You can Google campgrounds Allentown PA, or hotels Allentown PA and find what you are looking for. Here are some suggestions KOA Allentown, Days Inn Allentown.


Lehigh Valley Kayak & Canoe Club and the Penn Cup

12004143_10207192581680347_2947149080617864714_n The Lehigh Valley Kayak & Canoe Club was formally organized in 1977. Now in 2017, we are holding the 41th Little Lehigh Penn Cup Slalom Race. The club offers something for everyone interested in paddling. On water and off, activities range from pool classes, informal instruction, flat water and white water trips and races, to film festivals, banquets, picnics, parties, river conservation projects, and even an occasional bike or ski trip.

The Penn Cup is a series of beginner/novice races held each year art different locations throughout the state. Each race is organized by a different paddling club. They are designed to provide user-friendly competition and expert advice for paddlers new to the sport, regardless of age.

There are many race classes within the Little Lehigh Slalom. These reflect the type of craft, the number of competitors per boat, and the ages and sexes of the participants. Many race for fun and the improvement of their paddling skills in ways that make running rivers more fun.

Some racers who have participated in our Penn Cup series moved on to nationally ranked status:

Kara Weld, 1977 National Champion (K1W)
Scott Strausbaugh, 1992 Olympic Gold Medalist (C2)
Rick Powell, 2008 National Champion (C2)
Casey Eichfeld, 2008 National Champion (C2)

Rick and Casey went on to compete with the US Olympic Team in Beijing, China in 2008.
Rick Powell update: Rick Powell competed with US Olympic Team in 2012 in London.

White Water Slalom Racing
Whitewater Slalom is a test of a paddler’s ability to combine power, speed, and precision in order to negotiate a series of 20 to 25 gates as quickly as possible. It requires pinpoint boat control, strength, stamina and concentration; it is the ultimate test of a whitewater paddler’s abilities.

Paddlers must also learn to read the water in order to use it to their best advantage. Those who can figure out how to use the river’s power to position their boat will conserve energy and usually get does the course faster. This is why you will see competitors taking different approaches to the gates, sometimes even running them backwards!

Equipment: Paddlers use either canoes or kayaks. Canoes may be either decked or open, while kayaks are generally decked boats. You might find it difficult to distinguish a decked C1 from a decked K1. K1 paddlers use a double bladed paddle and C1 paddlers use a single bladed paddle. K1 paddlers sit in their boats, while C1 paddlers kneel.

Classes: Each class has an abbreviation based on open or decked, canoe or kayak, number of paddlers, and gender of paddlers. For example, K1W is women’s single kayak and OC2M is mixed tandem open canoe. At Penn Cup races, these classes are further subdivided for Cadets (under 14), Juniors (14 to 18), and Masters (over 40).

Course: A slalom course consists of 20 to 25 gates hung over a river. The competitor must negotiate each gate in numerical order as fast as possible. Each gate consists of two striped poles suspended over the water. The poles are 3 feet apart and are either green and white (downstream gate) or red and white (upstream gate). Each gate also has a number board, which shows its place in the sequence.

Object: The task of paddlers is to run each gate in sequence, in the correct direction, and without touching them. Penalties are added to the elapsed time for any infraction. A complete slalom run without penalties is called a “clean run” and is the goal of each racer.

Single kayaks usually have the fastest times and tandem open canoes the slowest. Many races are won or lost in the upstream gates where a paddler’s control, balance, and power are all tested. Cheering paddlers is encouraged and you will often hear the chant, “up, up, up,” as racers
struggle to push their boats upstream to successfully run a difficult gate.


Anyone interested in some ledges playtime tomorrow afternoon, Thursday? Meet at 1 p.m. at the new takeout by the bridge in Walnutport. ... See MoreSee Less

Hans WagnerVery interested but can't go tomorrow. keep in mind for future

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Sheldon LinnInterested, but couldn't get there till 4:30 tomorrow .

5 hours ago

Gale MaleskeyI'd like to, but wont know if I am free until later today. Will text you if I can do it, OK?

5 hours ago

Gale MaleskeyJust checked my email and I am working for LL Bean until about 12:15 pm. I could also do it later in the day.

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08/20/2017 Upper Lehigh Gorge. Tried to get a few pictures of Kelli and her friend Sarah in their cool craft that I think they were calling the Shreadder!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Kayak KarmaCool video?

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Kelli Smith MajirosGreat pics! Thanks Chad! Go visit "Shredders Are Airtight Inflatables" on Facebook. Tom Love in Ohiopyle PA invented them and I HAD to have one as a souvenir of my 8 years of enjoying the rapids in that state park.

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Had a nice almost 8 mile adventure Saturday. Just headed out on Nockamixon for a few hours. ... See MoreSee Less

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I am trying to gauge interest in an intermediate class next weekend on the lehigh (upper gorge). This will be a beginning intermediate class, suitable for those who have taken the beginners series this year (or in previous years). We will work on reading water, hitting harder eddies, ferries, slowing down your decent, bracing, and talk about (maybe work on?) the elusive combat roll. Let me know if you're interested and if you would prefer Saturday or Sunday. The Lehigh Classic is Saturday, but I'm willing to forgo the race if the majority prefer to paddle on Saturday. Either way, we would meet at White Haven at 9am. As usual, this is a free class, for members of the LVKCC only (but you can sign up on site). Once I hear from a bunch of you, I will post the class to Meetup. ... See MoreSee Less

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Mark LinnWe would live to see some fresh faces for the race! ( Even if Scott Douglas face isn't all that fresh) 😀😉

3 days ago   ·  2

Daniel CookWhat time is the race?

3 days ago

Mark Linn1:00 details at lehighclassic.com

3 days ago   ·  1

Todd HustonMike Young.... Scott's classes are very good to take

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Ben HershfieldInterested in interned class

2 days ago   ·  1

Janet LynnI'm in! I would prefer Sunday class- less crowded on the river.

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Scott DouglasWe will do Sunday. Please respond to the Meetup post to RSVP.

1 day ago

Chris CarterScott Douglas Want some help Sunday ?

1 day ago

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