Downriver Paddle

Participants will start at Reedy Creek and race downriver through First Break, Hollywood, Fish Ladder (VEPCO Levy), Pipeline, and on to the finish at the 14th Street takeout.

And be prepared to test your skills and showoff to the crowds as you will have to complete a mandatory ferry just below the Potterfield Bridge at designated buoys. Racers will be sent off in a mass start based on gender and boat type and the fastest time will win! Pick your boat, kayak, canoe, or SUP.

Pricing Schedule

Through March 14: $20
March 15 – May 13: $25
May 14– May 19:  $30

Includes a cool finisher t-shirt and drink ticket*.

*Drink ticket must be used during normal festival hours

Entries are non-refundable, non-transferable, and non-deferrable, even in the case of a race cancellation, postponement, event format changes, and/or if you are unable to participate.


The Downriver Paddle offers a $15 special rate for those who qualify for an income based rate. Click here for eligibility information.


Packet Pick Up

Packet pick-up will take place from 11:30am – 12:30pm on Sunday, May 19 at the Reedy Creek parking lot.

For additional packet pick up details, click here.

Competition Schedule

  • 12:30 – 1 pm:  Athlete check-in and instructions at Reedy Creek
  • 1 pm:  Event begins


  • You must be at least 12 years old to participate.
  • All competitors must wear life vests and helmets.  When things get rowdy, you’ll be glad you did!
  • If the river level is above 9 feet, high-water permits are required to participate.
  • Consumption of alcohol before the event is PROHIBITED


Prizes will be awarded to the top male and female finisher.