Get on your mark!

Published 11:09 am Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The fourth annual Powell River Kayak and Canoe Regatta will take place April 21. This is a 12-mile race along a beautiful stretch of river between Brooks Bridge on Cedar Fork Road and Cosby Bridge on Cave Springs Road in Tazewell, Tennessee.

There will be various boat and age class races, including a recreational category for those who don’t want to compete, but just enjoy the river.

Floating the Powell is an opportunity not to be missed, providing beautiful rustic scenery of forests and farmland, with opportunities to view wildlife such as blue heron, kingfisher, bald eagle, and osprey.

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The Regatta is a fundraiser to support the Powell River Blueway Project, whose goal is to enhance public use of the river through developing more boat access sites and providing education about the river and its importance. Launch sites that have recently been created include one Gap Creek and Indian Creek, and more sites are being pursued.

Monetary prizes will be awarded for first and second place finishers of each racing category. For information about the regatta and registration visit them on Facebook at or go to The race will begin at 9 a.m. at the the Well Being Retreat Center, 557 Narrows Road, Tazewell. Registration is $35 for single boats and $55 for double.

To participate in the race, pre-register no later than noon on April 20.