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6th Annual Powell River Kayak & Canoe Regatta

Competition or Sporting Event

Patty Bottari

ADA Accessibility Notes

The boat launch and take-out locations are on private property and are not ADA accessible.

The Powell River Kayak & Canoe Regatta is a 12 mile race (or leisurely paddle) on the scenic, Class 1 Powell River in Claiborne County about 90 minutes north of Knoxville. This year, the Regatta will be held May 2, 2020. There nine race categories. First and 2nd place winners in each category will receive $150 and $50 cash prize money respectively. More information HERE.

Best Access Points
A Map of the race course which also shows how to get to the Starting Line is here: The Regatta begins at Well Being Retreat Center (for GPS address use: 557 Narrows Road, Tazewell, TN 37879) and ends at Riverside (kayak) Rentals.

Eco-Friendly Notes
The Powell River flows through the Cumberland Mountain forest and pasture lands. This 12-mile stretch has fewer than a dozen cabins visible over the race course. The river boasts blue heron rookeries, wood ducks, kingfishers, osprey, beaver, river otter, and over 100 species of fish. The Powell River has been described by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service as "one of the most biologically diverse rivers in a temperate zone anywhere in the world."

Visit our Webscorer Register for this Event.

How to Get There

The Powell River Kayak & Canoe Regatta happens in Claiborne County and is a function of the Claiborne County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Commission. A map to the Powell River Regatta is shown HERE. A Google Map to the Start Line is HERE.

Participation Requirements (if any)

You must be 18 years or older on the day of the Regatta. However, if you are entering a two person boat, one of the paddlers may be as young as 14 as of Race Day. See Regatta Rules for more information. To compete, you must register in advance at our Regatta Webscorer Page.

Pet Friendly Notes

Please do not bring dogs or cats to this event out of respect for the local wildlife.


Entry fees are $35 for single boats, $55 for a double boat. Entry fees will increase on May 1, 2020 and only the Recreational Category will be open as of May 1, 2020.