Guided Tours and Instruction

Richmond is fortunate to have so many knowledgeable outfitters and river experts, let them be your Park guide! Want to be listed on this page? Email us, friends[email protected]

JRPS Adventure Recreation Program

The park offers year-round, staff-led, recreational opportunities to individuals of all ages. From Salamander Salutations to Kayak Roll clinics, the calendar is full, for dates, times and locations or direct links to registration by date, see the JRPS Calendar.

Beyond Boundaries

804-615-5999, 804-837-0154
The mission of Beyond Boundaries is to offer individuals of all ability levels, no matter physical, cognitive or economic situation, the opportunity to experience outdoor activities with the surrounding community

Black Dog Paddle

(804) 57-STAND
Black Dog Paddle offers classes and equipment rental for a variety if water sports including Stand Up Paddle boarding and kayaking.

Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation

(804) 748-1124
Chesterfield County offers paddle sports instruction of all types — Sit-on-Top river trip, Whitewater Instruction, Swiftwater Safety and Rescue, canoeing. They also offer Rock Climbing at the Manchester Wall.

Discover the James

(804) 938-2350
To see wildlife and history on the river that runs through Richmond and the James River Park System, contact Mike Ostrander. Eagle tours, guided fishing tours, photography tours, and Civil War tours are also offered.

Elegba Folklore Society

(804) 644-3900
Elegba Folklore Society holds an annual Juneteenth celebration at Ancarrow’s Landing/Manchester Docks that includes an emotionally moving torch lit walk along the trail where enslaved Africans once walked.  Additional tours are available by special arrangement. Call the Richmond Slave Trail Commission at (804) 698-1070. Occasionally the JRPS offers slave trail walks. Call (804) 649-8911.

James River Advisory Council

JRAC’s annual James River Days brochure offers numerous recreational, environmental and educational opportunities in, on and around the James River from April through October. Enjoy the river more, and expand your river experience by downloading your copy of the brochure at or you can pick up a copy from a local library or retail outlet. Can’t find one? E-mail [email protected].

Pump House Tours

For video tour or more information about this iconic building contact the newly organized group Friends of Pump House visit

Richmond Slave Trail

River City Adventures, LLC

(804) 233-4000
Guided whitewater rafting, inflatable kayak, and tubing trips on the James River.

Riverside Outfitters

(804) 560-0068
Guided whitewater rafting, guided canoe and kayak trips, tube and kayak and canoe rentals, and a shuttle make this a full-service operation on the James.

RVA PaddleSports

(804) 898-0697
RVA Paddlesports offers whitewater rafting, kayaking instruction, and rentals for all levels of paddlers. Their kayak school has both group and private instruction to help paddlers reach their goals.