Explore the Park: Huguenot Flatwater

Things to do Here

Bird Watching
Paddle Sports
Hiking & Walking
Wildlife Viewing

Located at one of the quieter sections of the James River, a little more than a mile above Pony Pasture Rapids, this 37-acre parcel includes river access steps, a boat ramp for canoes, kayaks and inner tubes, a series of footpaths, and a changing room. A set of stairs leads to a viewpoint of the remains of the Old Westham Bridge, another reminder of the city’s past. Several side paths lead to the shoreline, providing access to bank fishing, one of the park’s most pleasant activities. It is located just upstream of the Huguenot Bridge and is bordered to the east by Rattlesnake Creek and to the west by Old Southampton Road.

Fast Facts


There is a port-a-potty at Huguenot Flatwater.

Danger Below

River users will quickly encounter dangerous hydraulics at Z Dam and Bosher’s Dam just below this spot.


Open from sunrise to sunset every day.

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