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South Yadkin River Canoe & Kayak Race

  • US Highway 601 bridge and access area Salisbury, NC (map)

The South Yadkin River is a scenic river that flows leisurely along the border between northern Rowan County and Davie County. The six miles of the river between Highway 601 access and the Hannah Ferry access flows through undeveloped areas, much of it forested, conservation land.

On May 11, 2019, that stretch of South Yadkin River becomes the site of the South Yadkin River Canoe & Kayak Race, a United States Canoe Association (USCA) affiliated and North Carolina Canoe Racing Association (NCCRA) event. The participants range from competitive canoe and kayak racers to recreational paddlers who just want to have fun.

This year will be the 34rd year of the race that was started by a group of canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts led by Sam Bonds and Jeff Gobble. Jack Kepley, Scoutmaster Emeritus Troop 448, made hand carved miniature paddles for the awards of the first race. Troop 448 scouts participated in the race for many years and in recent years were involved in making framed certificates to award place finishers in each category. After many dedicated years of service and support from Davie County, the original group was not able to continue to organize and coordinate the event. In 2013, Troop 448 took over the responsibility to organized and conduct the race. The event could not be held without the support of many volunteers. Rowan Rescue Squad provides safety personnel on the water, Davie County provides shuttle service, Troop 448 coordinates all activities and provides refreshments and most importantly, the sponsors of the race who make contributions to help fund the event.


Joins us for a great paddling event on May 11th, 2019. Please consider being a sponsor to highlight your company and to support the community.

For more information, please visit here or contact Wayne Sasser at (704) 637-6208.