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 five 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.
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.
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.
Buchanan Interpretive Paddle
Paddles begin in the Town of Buchanan and end 6 miles downriver at Arcadia. This float captures the beauty and solitude paddling the Upper James River Water Trail offers. This float features Class II whitewater that is navigable for novice paddlers but fun for experienced paddlers as well. Paddles begin at 6 pm. The cost is $10 per person.
Richmond Interpretive Paddle
Paddlers will explore Richmond’s transforming riverfront and learn about local history and wildlife of the James River. Paddles begin at 6 pm at Great Shiplock Park. The cost is $10 per person.
Williamsburg Interpretive Paddle
Paddles embark from James City County Marina at 5:00 pm and explore the quiet marshes of Powhatan Creek and Jamestown Island. Paddlers will experience a journey very similar to that of our settlers more than 400 years ago.
Smithfield Interpretive Paddle
Paddles embark from Windsor Castle Park at 8:00 am and explore the quiet marshes of the Pagan River and Cypress Creek, both of which flow directly into the James River. Participants will learn about historic landmarks located right on the river, local wildlife, and the beautiful ecological setting. The cost is $15 per person.