Salt River Paddle Battle

Posted by Spalding Hurst

June 2, 2008

Paddle Battle

Registration still open!

The Paddle Battle on Salt River is an endurance canoe and kayak race geared to test paddlers’ stamina and skill on a course between Taylorsville and Shepherdsville on the main stem of the river.

Beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 14th in Taylorsville, the race will continue for the next 24 hours until all paddlers end up at the Louisville South KOA campground, where free camping is made available for participants.

Paddlers in the open canoe and kayak class are expected to begin arriving at the finish line sometime before 7 p.m. Saturday, while those entering in stock divisions will spend their night at one of several designated camping stops along the river – finishing the course Sunday morning just before the awards banquet begins.

Getting off rain or shine, low or high-water, the event will be, without a doubt, it will be a challenge for all.

“There have been canoe races on the Salt before, but never seen anything like this,” Hammons said. “This is a great opportunity for those wanting to explore the main stem who never have had the oomph or partner to do it alone. It’s also great way to bring much-needed attention to one of the tri-county area’s greatest resources.”

Cost to enter the race is $30 and includes Sunday brunch, a t-shirt and a chance at winning prize awards for beating out the rest of the field. Those interested in participating need to pre-register with Mike Hammons by calling (502) 507-9364 or online at


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