The Nelson Downriver
Canoe and Kayak Race
Food, Awards, Fun
Saturday, May 3, 2003||
Sunday, May 4||
A beautiful run through Class I to Class II+ rapids on the Tye River's cool, clear mountain water.
Registration: 9:30 - 11:00 AM
Start: Rt. 662 along side the Tye River, 11:30 AM
Finish: Confluence of Tye River and Rucker's Run
Distance: 7 miles
1. Safety boaters, those who wish to race early or those who wish to race twice will race at 7:30 AM. The 7:30 AM run is intended for experienced racers as there will be no safety boat support on this run.
2. In the event of low water the race will be moved downriver. The put-in will be just upstream from the confluence of the Tye River and Rucker's Run and the take-out will be the DGIF boat landing at Wingina.
About 1:30 PM: Race registration fee includes main course, drinks, etc. for a picnic after the race. Paddlers are encouraged to bring a veggie dish or dessert where practicable. There is a $5.00 fee for those who wish to picnic only (i.e., those who do not pay the race registration fee).
Exhibition Race or Fun Paddle|
On Sunday we will sponsor an informal race down the famous Balcony Falls section of the James, a pristine and untamed gorge. Only experienced paddlers should run this section. This first-time exhibition race is on an experimental basis. No awards will be given. The Balcony Falls run contains many Class II and II+ rapids. The most difficult rapid is Balcony Falls itself, a solid Class III rapid. A 1 1/2 mile section of flatwater at the end of the race will test paddlers' mettle.
Less-experienced paddlers may wish to consider paddling the section of the James just upstream from Balcony Falls or the Maury River from Buena Vista to Glasgow. The Maury has been listed in some sporting magazines as one of the 10 best bass fishing streams in the country.
Registration: 10:30 AM at the DGIF (Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries) boat landing in Glasgow, Va.
Start: James River at Glasgow, Va., 11:30 AM
Finish: Appalachian Trail Bridge in Snowden, Va.
Distance: 6 miles
Camping for the Night
James River State Park has a variety of camping arrangements including primitive camping alongside the river.
Free camping is also available near the takeout. For details please call Phil Welker at 804-277-8023 or email Conny Roussos at email@example.com.
Camping for the Night
Numerous camp sites are available in this area. Otter Creek campground just off the Blue Ridge parkway and the campground at Glen Maury park in Buena Vista are excellent nearby campgrounds.
The more adventurous may consider camping along the James river in the gorge.
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).
Proceed to take-out. Leave vehicle and take shuttle back to put-in.
Notify race official when you are ready to begin race.
Proceed to the DGIF (Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries) boat landing in Glasgow, Va.|
Register for race.
Upon signal from race official paddle very hard.