The Nelson Downriver
Canoe and Kayak Race
Saturday, May 6, 2000||
Sunday, May 7||
A beautiful run through Class I to Class II+ rapids on the scenic and historic Rockfish River.
Registration: 11:30 AM
Start: Rt. 602 at the Rt. 722 bridge alongside the Rockfish River, 12:30 PM
Finish: Confluence of Rockfish River and James River in Howardsville near the intersection of Routes 602 and 626.
Distance: 7 miles
NOTE: Safety boaters will race at 10:00 AM
Sunday's events are contingent upon paddler interest and are on an experimental basis. We hope that enough paddlers will be able to stay over Saturday night to make Sunday's events possible.|
One and one-half miles of fast-moving water on the James River at the James River State Park from Buffalo Station to Norwood near the confluence with the Tye River.
Registration: 10:30 AM at James River State Park.
Proceed to put-in on Rt. 602 at the Rt. 722 bridge alongside the Rockfish River. (see map and directions below).|
Register for race and leave boat(s).
Proceed to take-out at Howardsville. Leave vehicle and take shuttle back to put-in.
Notify race official when you are ready to begin race.
Proceed to canoe put-in at James River State Park|
Register for race.
Upon signal from race official paddle very hard.
(See maps below.)
OR, By Boat from North or South
Put in on the James or Tye Rivers and paddle to the park.