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, Emily Harper of Nelson Co. Parks and Rec., Dave Thomas and Conny Roussos

At the Nelson Downriver Race you can paddle hard for the gold,

Or, ... just take an easy float.

Participation this year totalled 73 paddlers and 60 boats!
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Sit On Top
Solo Canoe
Solo Kayak
Apres Race

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