The Nelson Area Paddlers and Nelson Co. Recreation
The Nelson Downriver
Canoe and Kayak Race


The Nelson Downriver Race is intended for anyone interested in canoe or kayak racing - from novices to national champions. Our goal is to promote recreation, conservation and sportsmanship through paddling rivers and lakes in and around Nelson County, Virginia.
The Nelson Area Paddlers

Photographs courtesy of Vernon Powell River Photos Unlimited and Emily Harper of Nelson Co. Parks and Rec.

It only takes two boats to have a boat race.

But, ... More is more fun :-)

Participation this year totalled 67 paddlers and 49 boats!
Click Below for More Race Photos
Solo Women
Solo Men Canoe
Solo Men Kayak
Mixed Tandem
Apres Race
Galleria I
Galleria II
Canoe Stories by Les Fry

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