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Paddle Sports in the James River Park

The Park offers everything from placid flatwater to churning Class IV rapids. River lovers of all skills can enjoy canoeing, kayaking, standup paddle boards, and more. Park Maps can show you convenient spots for put-in and take-out, and there are several groups and companies that provide guided adventures. Always wear a lifejacket when on the river, and be alert to changes in the river level.

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River Safety

It is recommended that you wear personal flotation devices while boating, fishing or rock-hopping when water levels reach five feet or more. When kayaking or canoeing it is required that you wear a personal floatation device no matter the water level. 

The river bottom is uneven, so it’s still possible to get in over your head even when the river level is low. Wear close-toed shoes when in the water, and if swept up by a rapid, float feet first to protect your head until you can swim free.

Report an Issue Form

To report an emergency please call 911 immediately. Please use this form to report an issue in the Park such as maintenance or trail issues. Thank you.

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