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Powell River Kayak & Canoe Regatta

Canoe or Flatwater Kayaking Area
Patty Bottari

ADA Accessibility Notes

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

The Annual Powell River Kayak & Canoe Regatta is a 12 mile race (or relaxing scenic float) beginning at the Well Being Conference Center in Tazewell, TN and ending at Riverside (Kayak) Rentals in Harrogate, TN. The river is an undammed Class 1 river with a few rapids over this stretch. The event is sponsored by the Claiborne County (TN) Chamber of Commerce. There are eight race categories and cash prize money of $150 for 1st Place and $50 for 2nd Place in each category. Well Being Conference Center - Entry fees will be $30 for single kayak events and $50 per boat for the double kayak and canoe event. All net proceeds will be used for the Powell River Blueway Trail porject which is working towards improving public paddling and fishing access onto the 114 miles of the Powell River in Tennessee. For more information: and

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 Conference Center (GPS address: 557 Narrows Road, Tazewell, TN 37879).

Eco-Friendly Notes

The Powell River flows through the Cumberland Mountain forest and pasturelands. 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."

How to Get There

The Starting Line at Well Being Conference Center is located 50 miles north of Knoxville. Directions to the Starting Line are here.

Pet Friendly Notes

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

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