Parkersburg Paddlefest cancelled for 2024

July 9, 2024

It is with regret that the Greater Parkersburg CVB announces that we will not be hosting our Parkersburg Paddlefest event this year. After careful consideration, we made the difficult decision to cancel the event. The event has always coincided with Downtown PKB’s “Downtown Throwdown” event on the second weekend in September. This year, the date of the Downtown Throwdown was changed to August 24. Given the extreme heat that our area has experienced already this summer, we felt that holding the event in late August would not be advisable.  Additional circumstances unique to this year, do not allow us to schedule the event on its usual weekend either. We are sorry to disappoint our loyal participants, but safety is always our number one priority.

When the weather permits, we encourage area paddlers to use the kayak access point at Point Park to explore the Ohio and Little Kanawha Rivers. If you don’t have your own boat, Wild River Kayak Co. offers kayak rentals right from our Welcome Center. Kayak rentals are also available onsite at Mountwood Park provided by Mountwood Adventure Concession and at North Bend Lake provided by North Bend Outfitters. For those interested in Ohio paddling, Human Hydro Outfitters offers kayak delivery services in Marietta and Belpre, OH and you can rent kayaks from Marietta Adventure Company’s storefront.

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