Montgomery Whitewater opens July 8—what to know before you go

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Are you ready for these rapids? (Montgomery Whitewater / Facebook)

The countdown is on to the Saturday, July 8 grand opening celebration of Montgomery Whitewater. We’ve gathered all the must-knows for this upcoming hotspot, from ticket prices and hours of operation to what you need to bring with you when you go. Check it out below. 

What, when and where is it?

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Montgomery Whitewater is almost here. Rendering via Montgomery Whitewater Project
  • What: Whitewater Montgomery is an outdoor adventure center for all ages. It boasts an Olympic-standard recirculating whitewater channel, using advanced whitewater technology for paddlesports athletes and competitions.
  • Location: 1100 Maxwell Boulevard, Montgomery, Alabama 36104.
  • Hours: Base Camp: Daily, 9AM-7PM | Activities: Daily, 11AM-6PM | Eddys Restaurant and Bar: Daily, 11AM-9PM

Do I have to pay to visit?

Payment is required to access on-site whitewater activities, food and drink at the onsite restaurant and to attend special events.

It’s free to experience Montgomery Whitewater from the sidelines. Bring a chair and even your dog (must be leashed!) and enjoy the action. There is also plenty of seating on the venue’s patio.

Does it cost to park?

Parking is free for the day. Fees may apply for parking during events. 

No overnight parking or camping is permitted at this time.

Can I bring my own food and drinks?

No outside food or drinks are allowed, but you can fuel up with whatever you need from the onsite restaurant. Personal, re-fillable water bottles are permitted.

What about alcohol? No outside alcohol is permitted, however alcohol, including beer, wine and liquor will be served through Eddies Restaurant and Bar onsite.

Do I have to bring my own gear?

Nope! You can get everything you need onsite. Just visit the outfitter’s store for any clothing and gear you might need. 

Personal rafts are not allowed. However, personal duckies, shredders and whitewater kayaks are permitted as long as they are whitewater

What should I wear?

If you plan to go whitewater rafting, expect to get soaked! Wear a bathing suit and be sure to bring a change of clothes. Secure footwear is also required for all on-water activities. No Crocs are allowed! Need acceptable footwear? Check out the outfitter’s store onsite.

You’ll find a small changing area in the bathrooms at Base Camp. The Raft Barn also offers a changing area as well as rental lockers to store your belongings.

Can I get onsite instructions?

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Yes! Here’s a look at what’s available:

  • Raft Guide School | 5-day course
    • Cost: $50 per person (reimbursed at the end of the summer season)
    • When: May 8-13, May 15-20, June 12-17, June 19-24, July 10-15
    • Register now
  • Kayaking Introduction Course
    • What: 90-minute introduction course designed to provide the basics of whitewater kayaking. Up to four people per group
    • Cost: $65 per person
  • Kayaking Roll Session
    • What: 60-minute group lesson focusing on the technique of the whitewater roll. Up to four people per group
      • Cost: $55 per person
  • Whitewater Package
    • What: Four lessons including one introduction to whitewater kayaking lesson, one roll session and two private lessons
      • Cost: $250 per person
  • Private lessons
    • What: One-on-one 90-minute lessons catering to every skill level and goal. Up to two people per group.
    • Cost: $75 per person
  • Swiftwater Rescue
    • What: Rescue professionals can practice simulations in a controlled environment with the ability to change water flow and in-stream obstacles. Training is available in daylight or nighttime.
    • Inquire for more info.

Are tickets refundable?

No! This includes bad weather, so be sure to check the forecast before you purchase tickets.

What safety precautions are in place?

All guests must wear a life vest and helmet at all times. There is no max weight limit, but guests must be able to wear a life vest.

What if the weather is bad?

Montgomery Whitewater will try its best to keep activities open during weather changes. In the event of torrential rain, lightning or tornadoes, all whitewater activities will stop. Lightening within eight miles of the Montgomery Whitewater site will pause activities for 30 minutes.

Is smoking allowed?

Nope! Montgomery Whitewater is a non-smoking facility. This includes vapor and e-cigarettes.

Attend the Grand Opening Celebration

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Are you ready for Montgomery Whitewater? Rendering via Montgomery Whitewater Project

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