James River Adventures

Join us for a fun, educational day on the James River!

James River Adventures offers opportunities for exploring and enjoying the scenic James by canoe or kayak.

Visit us at Riveredge Park in Madison Heights. We offer canoe and kayak rentals to people of all skill levels. Our goal is to provide an opportunity to learn more about nature, and to experience the river’s history, health and future while having fun and enjoying its beauty.

James River Adventures
150 Rocky Hill Road
Madison Heights, VA 24572
(434) 847-1090
rcampbell@jrava.org

Hours of operation:
Thursday – Monday
9 am – 6 pm

Shuttles: (call for reservation)
9am • 11am • 1pm

 9 Mile Paddle

Also known as the Five Bridges Float, this 9 mile paddle will start at Riveredge Park. Paddlers will quickly leave Lynchburg’s urban backdrop and experience the natural, wilder side of the James River by passing Percival’s Island, under 5 bridges and through the beautiful bottom land of Amherst and Campbell Counties. This trip offers plenty of opportunity to spot wildlife including otters, beavers, eagles, osprey, deer, and fish.

View the 9 Mile Paddle Float Plan

Paddlers can choose a single person sit-on-top kayak or a two person canoe. This trip takes the average paddler between 4 and 5 hours to complete. Our first trip launches at 10 a.m. and will launch every hour on the hour until 1 p.m. All customers must be off the water by 6 p.m.

Customers will be given given paddling instructions, a safety talk, and opportunities for sighting natural and historical landmarks and wildlife they may encounter.

Duration of trip:

4 ½ to 5 hours

Cost:

Single Kayak Rental: – $35
Canoe Rental: – $50 (2 seater)
Shuttle included

Ages:

6 and up
Ages 6-10 required to be in a canoe with a parent/guardian

What to Bring:

Bottle of water
Water Shoes
Sunscreen
Ziplock bags for your dry stuff
Change of clothes and towel to keep in your car

 Hourly Rentals

Don’t have all afternoon for a long paddle?

Rent a canoe or kayak for an hour or two and enjoy the James River in Lynchburg’s urban setting. Paddlers can travel upstream for a view of downtown Lynchburg and an opportunity to check out a historic dam. There’s a sandy beach nearby that offers great swimming and fishing. Bring a picnic lunch for a nice relaxing day on the river.

Paddlers can choose a single person sit-on-top kayak or a two person canoe. This trip launches from and returns to Riveredge Park. Rentals are available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. based on availability. All customers must be off the water by 6 p.m.

Customers will be given given paddling instructions, a safety talk, and opportunities for sighting natural and historical landmarks and wildlife they may encounter.

Cost:

1 Hour – Single Kayak Rental: – $15
1 Hour – Canoe Rental: – $20 (2 seater)
2 Hour – Single Kayak Rental: – $20
2 Hour – Canoe Rental: – $30 (2 seater)

Ages:

6 and up
Ages 6-10 required to be in a canoe with a parent/guardian

What to Bring:

Bottle of water
Water Shoes
Sunscreen
Ziplock bags for your dry stuff
Change of clothes and towel to keep in your car

 Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Rules and Regulations?

• No one under 6 years old is allowed on our trips. Children ages 6 – 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Children 17-18 years old must have a parent or guardian sign their waiver.
• Signed liability waiver forms are required by all participants prior to starting your trip.
• Everyone is required to sit through the safety talk.
• Life jackets are to be worn at all times by everyone, including adults and skilled paddlers.
• No bare feet or flip flops. You must wear water shoes, sandals with heel straps, or old tennis shoes.
• You must be on time for your trip. If you are late and we have started our safety talk, or the shuttle has left, you may have to wait for a later trip.
• As defined by law, the river and riverbed, including all sandbars and beaches, are considered public property. We ask that you stay within these borders. No trespassing on private property.
• No littering. Pack out everything that you bring with you. No glass containers. Let’s keep the James clean and beautiful.
• No alcohol. We will not put people who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs on the river. No deposits will be refunded to people who are turned away for this reason.
• Customers recklessly causing damage to canoes or other paddling equipment will be charged.

What is your Liability Waiver?

Each participant must sign a liability waiver before starting their paddle. Minors must have their waiver signed by a parent or guardian. This waiver states that you assume responsibility for yourself, your child, and all property taken on the trip, both rented and private. No waiver, no rental, no exceptions!

What is included in the Safety Talk?

All participants are required to listen to our safety talk, which will include:

• The importance of wearing your life jacket and how to size it properly.
• How to select a paddle and the basic strokes necessary to get you down the river and around the rocks.
• How to lower your center of gravity by kneeling in your boat.
• How to “read” the water. We’ll show you how to recognize hazards and find good channels.
• How to avoid pinning and damaging or losing your boat.
• What to do in a lightning storm.
• The importance of protecting yourself from dehydration and sunburn.
• The importance of wearing proper footwear in the river.

What is the minimum age to participate?

No one under 6 years old is allowed on our trips. Children ages 6 – 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Children 17-18 years old must have a parent or guardian sign their waiver.

Do I need to be able to swim?

Because of the inherent dangers of all water sports, we suggest that all non-swimmers stay home.

What should I bring with me?

• Wear clothes that can dry quickly. Bring a hat with a brim.
• Shoes that strap to your feet – water shoes, sandals with heel straps, or old tennis shoes. No flip flops or bare feet!
• Bottle of water and a snack
• Sunscreen
• Any medications needed during the trip.
• Ziplock bags for your dry stuff
• Change of clothes and towel to keep in your car

Can I bring my dog?

In consideration of other customers, we do not allow dogs on the trips.

What is your Cancellation Policy?

Safety is our top priority. James River Adventures reserves the right to cancel any trip at any time due to weather conditions and changing water levels. We will work with our customers to reschedule your trip for another date and time that works for you. If James River Adventures does cancel trips due to unsafe conditions and there’s no possibility of rescheduling, we can provide a refund.

If trips are canceled, all customers will receive an email the morning of the trip informing you of the situation and how to reschedule your trip. When you register please use a current email address.

For customer cancellations, please notify us within 72 hours of your scheduled trip in order to receive a refund. Cancellations made less than 72 hours prior to your scheduled trip will only be allowed to reschedule.

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