Since 1988 the Dan River Boat Race has grown into a statewide event. Many paddlers have been racing with us for years, creating a “homecoming” for many.

This year the race will be held on Saturday, August 12th, 2023.  The race begins at the Madison River Park (775 Lindsay Bridge Rd. Madison, NC 27025) & Finishes at 704 Access (150 Water St. Madison, NC 27025).

  • Pre-registration by August 11th-$25.00.
  • Onsite registration- $30.00. 
  • Pick your Race: 
    • Open Division for Racing Kayaks or Solo Canoes on a 7.4 mi run, Rec Division Kayaks,
    • Canoes and paddle boards on a 2.5 mi run,
    • Junior Division for ages 8-12 solo canoe or kayak on a 1/4 mi run.  
  • Those entering two (2) events will be tagged to start at the beginning of the race.
  • Prizes and awards are distributed at approximately 12:00pm (when all paddlers have completed the race)
  • Awards will be handed out at at the 704 Access
  • Parking & Shuttle Available
  • On-Site boat rentals available
  • Food and shopping will be available in downtown Madison.

Register online at or in person/by mail to:

       Madison Mayodan Recreation Center

       300 South 2nd Ave,

       Mayodan NC 27027

If you have any questions, call 336-548-2789.