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July 2023 Water Trial

July 29, 2023 @ 8:00 am July 31, 2023 @ 5:00 pm

PNWPWDC Deep Lake water trial will be held Sunday July 30- Monday July 31, 2023 at Nolte State Park, Enumclaw, WA. Lorie Crouch is judge.

These two water trials will be held in accordance with the provisions of the current Portuguese Water Dog Club of America (PWDCA) water trial manual and updates, which may be downloaded at no charge from the PWDCA website.

PLEASE NOTE!!! The Sunday trial will be held as one trial over two days, with Working class being held in the afternoon on Saturday July 29, starting at 3 PM.

We are happy to update that we have secured a photographer for Saturday (practice and trial) and Monday (trial)!! Cynthia Kelly of Campfire Photography will be there to take images of dogs at work as well as win photos. She’ll have complete info available at the trial, and check out her web site at www.campfirephotography.com You can pre-register at the event to be instantly notified when images are available!

Trial entries

All trial entries will be taken thorough PerfDog. Go to PerfDog.com for trial Premium List and to enter the trial. If you have not yet used PerfDog, it’s easy to set up an account and add your dogs. Entry is then just a few clicks and done!

View Premium and Enter at PerfDog

Important Dates: Opening date is June 2, 2023 at 10 AM. Lottery cut-off date is June 16, 2023 at 11:59 PM. Final closing date is July 7, 2023 at 11:59 PM.

All regular entries received by the lottery deadline will be treated equally. When you enter before the lottery deadline you will automatically go to the wait list and you will not pay for your entry. If entry limits are exceeded by the lottery date a random draw will be held for trial space. After the lottery you will receive an invoice for payment which must be paid within 3 days (72 hours). Any excess entries will remain on the wait list.

All entries received after the lottery date will be accepted on a first-come basis as space is available.

Volunteer Signup

Volunteers are the foundation of our water trials, and our events can’t happen without your help. Please sign up to volunteer– there are loads of jobs available and no experience is needed for many of them. Plus, if you volunteer, you may sign up for the Practice session on Saturday July 29. Thanks!

Volunteer Signup

Water Practice Signup

This year we plan to offer a volunteer practice session on Saturday, to be held after site set-up and before the trial class is run (if needed.) Space in the practice session is limited, and available only by signing up for the practice lottery after you have completed volunteer form. Entries limited to 2 dogs per handler. Practice lottery signup will open on June 10 at 10:00 AM and close on June 16 at 11:59 PM. Lottery for practice time will be held after June 16 and you will be notified via email if you have a confirmed spot. You will then have 72 hours to pay your $15 practice fee (see Pay for Water Practice below. There will be no refunds for practice, but if you want to withdraw, please notify the trial secretary so your spot may be assigned to a person on the waitlist.

Water Practice Lottery Signup

After you receive email confirmation of your practice spot, proceed to payment:

Pay For Water Practice

Sunday Dinner Following the Trial

Please join up for dinner at the water trial site immediately following the trial on Sunday July 30, 2023. All are welcome to attend, whether or not you are trialing! Please sign up in advance so we can plan accordingly. Cost is $5 per person.

Dinner signup

Water Fowl Frenzy Fundraiser

In lieu of a raffle at this year’s July water trial, we are planning a WATER FOWL FRENZY fundraiser. You’ll get a ducky with your entry, and additional ducks are available to purchase on site. The WATER FOWLS will be set loose in the lake on Monday and dogs selected by lottery will be used to retrieve them. You could be one of three lucky winners!

More info on the Water Fowl Frenzy


Summer is a very busy time of year. If you even think you want to attend the trial and need overnight accommodations, please make your reservations ASAP. You can cancel if you end up not needing them, but space may not be available if you wait.


Kanaskat-Palmer state park is nice but fills very rapidly. https://parks.state.wa.us/527/Kanaskat-Palmer  

Another option is the RV park at the Enumclaw Expo center. Facilities are not luxe, but it’s right at the Expo center with easy access to town and the trial site. 

Lodging Information

Area Hotels:

Rodeway Inn
1334 Roosevelt Ave E, Enumclaw, WA 98022 Phone: 360-825-1626

GuestHouse Enumclaw
1000 Griffin Ave, Enumclaw, WA 98022 Phone: 360-825-1626

Best Western Plus Mountain View Auburn Inn
401 8th Street SW, Auburn, Washington 98001 Phone: 253 887-7600

Holiday Inn Express & Suites
507 C Street SW, Auburn, WA, 98001 Phone: 253- 939-3003

Red Lion Inn & Suites
914th St NW, Auburn, WA, 98001 Phone: 253-735-9600

La Quinta Inn & Suites
225 6th Street South East, Auburn, WA 98002 Phone: 253-804-9999


If you have questions about the July water trial, please contact Amanda Ford

Nolte State Park

36921 Veazie-Cumberland Rd SE
Enumclaw, WA 98022 United States
(360) 825-4646
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