How Do You River? Paddle Series

How Do You River?

How you enjoy the James River is up to you. For all of us who live and work around its power and beauty, the James is the source of the water we drink and critical to the health of our environment and economy.

So enjoy the river, nurture the river, and join us in protecting and restoring Virginia’s most vital resource.

One of our strategic goals is to help communities realize the benefits from a healthy James River and support protecting it. The best way to do this is to enjoy it first!

This is why the James River Association offers a How Do You River? Paddle Series throughout the watershed from May through September. We encourage you to learn about the river and be inspired to become better stewards of our natural resources!

Registration is limited for each trip and is on a first come first serve basis.

Explore our trips

Pre-registration is required for all interpretive paddles. All participants must review and agree to the Essential Eligibility Criteria and the Release And Waiver of Liability to participate in this event. We provide kayaks in Williamsburg and canoes in Richmond and Lynchburg. 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.

Williamsburg Interpretive Paddle

Free Guided Kayaking Trip of historic Powhatan Creek beside Jamestown Island. View and learn about birds and wildlife native to our area. Kayaks provided, and trips are guided by James River Association. 16 person limit, for ages 16 and up.

Monday, September 11th at 5:30 pm
Monday, October 23rd at 4:30 pm

 

Richmond Interpretive Paddle

Paddlers will explore Richmond’s transforming riverfront and learn about local history and wildlife of the James River. 16 person limit, for ages 16 and up. We launch from Great Shiplock Park.

Exploring Richmond’s Riverfront – $10 per person
Tuesday, July 25th at 6:00 pm
Tuesday, August 8th at 6:00 pm

James River Week Sturgeon Paddles – $10 per person
Tuesday, September 12th at 2:00 pm
Tuesday, September 12th at 5:30 pm
Thursday, September 14th at 5:30 pm

Lynchburg Interpretive Paddle

Enjoy a 3 mile stretch of James River that begins at Riveredge Park. The timing of the paddles coincide with beautiful sunsets over the James River! Paddles begin at 6 pm at Riveredge Park, across from Downtown Lynchburg in Amherst County. The cost is $10 per person.

2017 Lynchburg Interpretive Paddle season is closed, but visit James River Adventures for other Lynchburg paddle opportunities.

Other River Trips

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.

This event is closed.

Scottsville Fall Foliage Float

Explore the James River as it flows into the historic river town of Scottsville, Virginia. This half-day float is four 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

Saturday, October 21st

Richmond Fall Foliage Float

Explore the James River as it meanders towards Richmond. This full-day float is recommended for experienced paddlers as it is twelve miles in length. The float will begin at Goochland County’s Westview Landing and conclude at Tucker Park. Water and lunch will be provided to participants. The cost is $75 per person.

Sunday, October 22, 2016

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