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!