About Us

River Safety Council 

The River Safety Council was founded in 1997 by the paddling community in response to concerns about hazardous construction in rivers. Council membership included representatives from the largest boating clubs in Washington State; Paddle Trails Canoe Club, Washington Kayak Club, Washington Recreational River Runners and the Mountaineers. The group was originally called the Boater Safety Advisory Committee, and its focus was to provide river-user oriented safety advice regarding construction of large woody debris (LWD) projects in the rivers of Western Washington. The River Safety Council is dedicated to safety advocacy for boaters, swimmers, inner tubers, fishers and other river users.

Current steering committee members represent:

American Whitewater

The Mountaineers

Paddle Trails Canoe Club

Washington Kayak Club

Downstream RiverRunners and Casey Garland