Nelson County Recreation
The Nelson Downriver
Canoe and Kayak Race
Saturday, May 1, 2021
Due to the COVID-19 virus the 2021 Nelson Downriver Race has been cancelled.
Recreation, Awards, Fun
Downriver Race, May 1, 2020|
A beautiful run through Class I to Class II+ rapids on the Tye River's cool, clear mountain water.
In the event of low water the race will be moved downriver. In this case the put-in will be just upstream from the confluence of the Tye River and Rucker's Run (look for sign) and the take-out will be at the DGIF boat landing at Wingina.
Picnic and Awards Ceremony
About 1:30 PM at the take-out: You are encouraged to bring your own food from home or purchase food from our local grocery stores, restaurants and convenience stores. We will supply bottled water and a limited amount of raw fruit and prepackaged snacks.
Camping for the Night
James River State Park has a variety of camping arrangements including primitive camping alongside the James river.
Rocky Run Landing has a cabin for rent very near the race take-out. It sleeps 6.
323 Cedar Creek Rd. 434-263-5844
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Proceed to put-in on Rt. 662 alongside Tye River, two miles from intersection with Rt. 739 and Tye River bridge (see map and directions below).|
Register for race and leave boat(s). If you do not wish to race but only want to float the river please let the registrars know this and you will not be placed into a race class. Please note that safety boaters and snack food will not necessarily wait for those who come after the last racer so please try to put-in early if you are not racing.
Proceed to take-out. Leave vehicle and shuttle back to put-in. Paddlers are reponsible for arranging their own shuttles. Most paddlers are able to arrange a shuttle with other paddlers. Note that the round-trip shuttle takes almost 40 min. If you cannot arrange a shuttle back to the put-in from the take-out then you may leave your vehicle at the put-in. You will be able to get a ride back to the put-in sometime after the awards ceremony.
Notify race official when you are ready to begin race. You will be given a race number so please be ready to put in when your number is called. We will begin launching boats at 11:00 AM (possibly earlier for paddlers who are ready earlier). You should be ready to race at 11:00 AM
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A detailed shuttle map is located here.
A detailed river map is located here.|