Connect with the James Paddle Series

 

Connect with the James

We believe the best way to develop an appreciation for the James River is to connect with it. The James River Association offers guided canoe and kayak programs that connect people to the history and natural resources of the James and its tributaries through outdoor recreation from March until November. Join James River Association staff members on an upcoming program to learn about the river and become a better steward of our natural resources.

Explore our trips

Preregistration is required for all programs. Participants must review and agree to the Essential Eligibility Criteria and the Release and Waiver of Liability to participate. The James River Association will provide canoes and kayaks, paddles, and personal flotation devices to participants. Participants are encouraged to bring sunscreen, a hat, a reusable water bottle, and wear comfortable clothing appropriate for being outdoors and getting wet.

Registration fees are considered donations to the James River Association and are not refundable. In the event a program is canceled, James River Association staff members will make an effort to reschedule it.

 
If you have any questions about our programs, please contact Justin Doyle at jdoyle@jrava.org.

Williamsburg Paddles

View and Join the James River Association on guided canoe and kayak programs on Powhatan Creek in James City County. Participants will learn about the natural resources and rich history of the area.

May 

May 13 at 10:00 am – Mother’s Day Paddle on Powhatan Creek – Powhatan Creek Park ($15)
May 20 at 5:30 pm – Upper Powhatan Creek Paddle – Powhatan Creek Park ($15)
 
June
June 4 at 6:00 pm – Explore Powhatan Creek – James City County Marina (Free)

Richmond Paddles

Join the James River Association on guided canoe and kayak programs on the James River and its tributaries in the Richmond region. Participants will learn about natural resources, history, and efforts to make the rivers of the region accessible for outdoor recreation.

April
April 25 at 5:30 pm – Explore Richmond’s Riverfront – Great Shiplock Park ($15)
April 21 at 9:00 am – World Fish Migration Day – Great Shiplock Park ($15)
April 30 at 5:30 pm – Introduction to Canoeing – Deep Bottom Park ($10)

May
May 9 at 5:30 pm – Explore Richmond’s Riverfront by Bike and Canoe – Great Shiplock Park ($25)
May 21 at 5:30 pm – Introduction to Canoeing – Ancarrow’s Landing ($10)

June
June 6 at 6:00 pm – Sunset Paddle – Great Shiplock Park ($15)
June 8 at 6:00 pm – Sunset Paddle – Hopewell City Marina ($15)
June 21 at 5:30 pm – Summer Solstice Celebration – Ancarrow’s Landing ($15)
June 22 at 5:30 pm – Hike & Paddle Richmond’s Riverfront – Tredegar Beach & Boat Ramp ($15)

Fall Foliage Floats

We are excited to offer special trips throughout the year because of our great partnerships throughout the watershed. Pre-registration is required for all river trips. For the foliage floats we provide canoes in Richmond and scottsville. We also provide paddles and life jackets. We recommend paddlers bring sunscreen, a hat, a reusable water bottle, and wear comfortable clothing appropriate for being outside or getting wet.

Registration fees are considered donations to the James River Association and are not eligible for refund. In the event a paddle is cancelled due to inclement weather, James River Association staff will make an effort to reschedule it.

Whitewater Rafting in Richmond

Join the James River Association and RVA Paddlesports for a whitewater rafting trip through the Falls of the James. Participants will experience the James River and learn about its rich history, wildlife, and the work of the James River Association to improve its health and connect people to it. Trip limit 30 participants, ages 16 and up. The cost is $60 per person.

Dates TBD

Scottsville Fall Foliage Float

Explore the James River as it flows into the historic river town of Scottsville, Virginia. This half-day float is 4 miles in length and will feature fall foliage. The float will begin at historic Hatton Ferry and conclude in Scottsville. Water and lunch will be provided to participants. The cost is $60 per person

Dates TBD

Lynchburg Fall Foliage Float

Explore the James River as it flows through Lynchburg’s urban backdrop and experience the natural, wilder side of the James River by passing Percival’s Island. This float is six miles in length and will feature fall foliage. We will launch from Riveredge Park at 11:00 a.m. and take out around 2 p.m. Water and lunch will be provided to participants. The cost is $60 per person.

Dates TBD

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