Three Rivers Paddling Club Events

Club Events

Seasoned instructors teach new river moves to beginners all the way to gnar-crushers. And there's food, like the meat of half-true stories. Savor the river with the expertise of TRPC!

Events Overview:

Slippery Rock Creek Training Clinic:

  1. Paddling instruction for adults and kids
  2. Group camping adjacent to McConnell’s Mill State Park
  3. Catered buffet dinner
  4. Normally held the first weekend in June. Check it out on the Calendar.

Video of Slippery Rock solo Run at normal water level. 

Turkey Bash Training Clinic:

  1. Paddling instruction for adults and kids
  2. Group camping near Ohiopyle State Park
  3. Turkey dinner with all the fixings prepared by TRPC's own chefs
  4. Normally held the first weekend in August. Check it out on the Calendar.

Holiday Party:

  1. Dinner
  2. Door prizes
  3. Normally held the first or second Saturday in January. Check it out on the Calendar.


Events In-Depth:

Slip Clinic

The Slip Clinic is a great opportunity for beginners, practiced beginners, intermediates and youth to improve their paddling skills and techniques. It is also a great opportunity for more experienced paddlers to get involved by instructing, assisting, safety boating or just coming out for dinner and fun on Saturday night!

The clinic’s philosophy is to teach paddlers on water where they feel totally comfortable, with progression to more difficult skills and water after mastery of basic skills has been demonstrated.

All students, instructors and assistants must be members of the Three Rivers Paddling Club to participate.

Adult Clinic:

The adult clinic is offered to all adult members of TRPC and nonmembers of the TRPC who submit their dues and application with the SLIP CLINIC forms.

Youth Clinic:

The Youth clinic will be offered for children of TRPC member families who are at least six years old. It runs concurrently with the adult clinic. Children 16 years old or older may participate in the adult SLIP CLINIC clinic.

Saturday Dinner

Traditionally, there is a Saturday evening dinner beginning around 6:00p.m. at Breakneck Campground, which is located across the road from Betsy’s Barn. Accommodations can be made to have Vegetarian Lasagna on an as requested basis. Dinner was great last year and we expect the same this year. There will be a charge of $15 per adult and $9 per child (ages 8 & under) if you want to join us. Alcoholic beverages will not be available, but BYOB. Everyone is invited to come out for dinner, even if you’re not attending the SLIP CLINIC.


  • Pig Roast/ Veggie
  • Vegetarian Lasagna (as requested)
  • Cheese Potatoes
  • Green Bean casserole
  • Linguine Salad
  • Salad- Ranch & Italian dressing
  • Dessert
  • Cold drinks


Once again, the Cheesemans will be providing breakfast both Saturday and Sunday morning at the campground lodge. Cost will be $7 (pay at door). This has been a big hit since it began; you will get plenty to eat. It cannot get any more convenient than this!


Camping this year will again be at Breakneck Campground located on Cheeseman Road. The cost for camping is $7 per person for the grassy or gravel sites, payable upon arrival. The 10X10 wooden decks are $15 per night, the 3-sided hut is $25 and the “deluxe” cabin with electricity is $60 per night.

Turkey Bash

There will be two days of paddling instruction provided by experienced TRPC volunteer paddlers as well as food and other fun events. The highlight of the weekend is the turkey dinner on Saturday night. All TRPC members are encouraged to participate in the dinner, even if you do not participate in the Clinic.

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In order to participate in this great event you need to satisfy several requirements; you must be a member of TRPC, you must complete the applicable forms, and get the forms and payments in on time. Youth Clinic participants must be at least six years old. Students will be contacted by their instructors to arrange meeting time and place.

Instructors will select a paddling venue based on the experience level of the group and water levels. Arrangements have been made with the park to get a number of free put-on slots for the Lower Yough for both days. Each student paddling the entire Lower Yough is responsible for $4.00 shuttle bus fee. In addition to the Lower Yough, the Middle Yough, several sections of the the Casselman, the Cheat Narrows, the Cheat Gorge and Meadow run have all been used in prior clinics depending on water levels and group skills.

Turkey Dinner

The catered Saturday evening turkey dinner will be served at Benner’s Meadow Run starting at  6:00

Dessert Bakeoff Competition

The All-Male River Rat Bake-Off will once again provide dessert. Men get to demonstrate their cooking abilities by providing a dessert to be judged by the women. Ladies, a few of you will be called upon to sample these tasty treats. We know it’s tough, but someone has to do it! Remember guys, without you, we have no desserts. If that is not enough incentive, we will give out prizes.


Camping is available at a group rate from Benner’s Meadow Run. You will pay for your own camping upon entering Benner’s. The campground personnel will have a list of all clinic participants. You must identify yourself on the list to receive the group rate.

If you are NOT camping but just coming for dinner, you must still sign in at the gate. Non-campers MUST ALSO sign out when leaving for the evening.

Directions to Sites

To Ohiopyle

Take the PA Turnpike to the Donegal Exit

Turn Right onto Rt. 31 East

Turn Right onto Rt. 711 South (toward 7Springs). This turn is at Sarnelli’s Market.

Follow Rt. 711 until it comes to a T at Rt. 381 South, and turn left.

The town of Ohiopyle is in Ohiopyle State Park, about 10 miles on 381 South.

Immediately after crossing the railroad tracks, turn right into the Ferncliff Parking area.

Benner’s Meadow Run Campground

From Ohiopyle, take 381 South for 5 miles.

Turn right on Bell Grove Rd.

Turn left on Nelson Rd. Benner’s is on right.


From Rt. 40, turn North onto Nelson Rd. (opposite of Fort Necessity National Battlefield)

Travel 2-1/2 miles on Nelson Rd. Benner’s is on left. 724-329-4097

Equipment Needed For Turkey Bash

Each student must provide their own equipment. If you are renting a boat be sure to confirm with the vendor that it has floatation bags which provide buoyancy in addition to the foam walls in the boat. Each participant must have a whitewater boat, paddle, helmet, life jacket, and spray skirt (kayaks, decked canoes). The following list will give you an idea of what you need:

* Canoes must be equipped with flotation foam or bags and painters on both ends of the boat

* Kayaks must be equipped with properly attached grab loops in good repair on both ends of the boat, and floatation bags

* Helmet that fits Bicycle helmets are not acceptable

* Spray skirt – that fits both you and the boat (only for closed boats)

* PFD (Life jacket) – that fits and is US Coast Guard approved– must be worn by all participants

* Paddle – some will claim canoes use only half a paddle, while others claim kayaks have a second training blade.

* Clothes – for paddling that suit the weather (cotton is bad)

* Shoes – that will stay on in swift water and fit in your boat

* Lunch – for each day in a waterproof container

* Water bottle – with plenty of fluids

* Strap for eyeglasses – if needed

* Sunscreen

* A method to tie items in your boat

Registration Forms

To register for The Turkey Bash, please submit one registration form per payment. Also submit the appropriate forms for each student or instructor. Payment and mailing instructions are on the registration form.

Turkey Bash Forms

Registration Form (one per payment)

Adult Students

Adult Experience Survey (one per adult boater)
ACA Adult Waiver (one per adult boater)

Youth Students

Youth Skills Form (one per youth boater)
Minor Clinical Realease Form (one per youth boater)
ACA Youth Waiver (one per youth boater)


Instructor / Assistant / Safety Boater Form for 2018 (one per boater)
ACA Adult Waiver (one per boater)



Holiday Party

Socialize with your fellow paddlers at the Holiday Party! Start the new year with all the fuzzy camaraderie that makes TRPC so amazing.  The event is mid January at the Carnegie United Methodist Church, 415 Washington Ave, Carnegie PA, which is also the  TRPC monthly meeting location ( map).  The cost is $10.00 for adults (12 and older),  children under 12 are free.  Doors will open at 5 pm, dinner will start at 6pm.

Raffles? Oh yeah! We will be having a raffle of door prizes after dinner. Past donors include: Benscreek Canoe Club, Immersion Research, Rocky Mountain Kayak, Skirtworks, and Wilderness Voyageurs.

Get excited for a new year of trips! Party planning while at the party is a big holiday party plus. If you will be leading or coordinating a paddling trip and attending the party and please be prepared to mark your trip on the large trip calendar taped to the walls for this purpose.



 Additional TRPC Paddling Events

These events are the annual nuggets, but you can find many more paddling opportunities on the Calendar! Feeling spontaneous? Check out TRPC's Facebook page to find last-minute paddling opportunities with your river friends!