Registration is now open for the 2017 Yadkin Riverkeeper TOUR
of paddling experiences down North Carolina’s second longest river. Each year, Yadkin Riverkeeper connects thousands of people, including children, families and civic organizations, to the water and outdoors. This year’s TOUR kicks off with the WKZL-FM PADDLE-A-THON
on May 21 at Childress Vineyards in Lexington, NC. On June 18, the WFDD-FM PADDLE & Potluck
takes paddlers to East Bend, NC. The GET:OUTDOORS Paddle
on July 15 covers one of the most scenic parts of the river at W. Kerr Scott Dam and Reservoir. On August 19,
paddlers will enjoy the river around Elkin, NC, one of the most beautiful small towns in America. The TOUR concludes on September 24 with the Indera Mills World Rivers Day Paddle
. Major sponsors of the TOUR are Indera Mill
and Feisty PR
The TOUR features a series of one-day paddles. Novice and experienced paddlers can register for all paddles or for just one day. Registrations are accepted online at YadkinRiverkeeper.org
or call 336-722-4949. Paddlers with their own boats are charged a $35 paddling fee to cover insurance, shuttle, processing fees and entry to the post-paddle events. If you have paid the Yadkin Riverkeeper Membership Fee
($25), the fee to paddle is $28. There are a limited number of additionally discounted paddling fees at each event for people who volunteer to help run a portion of the event, e.g. registration, water safety, etc. Yadkin Riverkeeper has negotiated preferred rental rates: A kayak (holds one person) rents for an additional $37 or a canoe (holds two people) for an additional $49.
At all paddles, paddlers are encouraged to raise money from their friends to help keep the Yadkin River fishable, swimmable and drinkable. Since the TOUR is a fundraiser, paddlers are encouraged to raise more than $100 to qualify to win outdoor gear, trips and more at each paddle.
Additional support for the Tour comes from Childress Vineyards, Carolina Heritage Vineyard and Winery, Foothills Brewing, Ilderton Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram and Waterkeeper Alliance.
How to sign up?
Each paddle day or event requires separate online registration at YadkinRiverkeeper.org
or call 336-722-4949.