Learn the basics of whitewater kayaking, necessary equipment, the forward stroke, sweep stroke, reverse sweep, and river reading skills!
Flatwater Kayaking & SUP
- Kayak Tour
- SUP Tour
Explore the Scenic James River
Flatwater kayaking and Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) in Richmond, VA can be a great way for a group of friends or family to enjoy the James River and its refreshing views. Anybody new to paddling or those wanting a relaxing calm day on the water is sure to enjoy this tour. We even have tandem kayaks if you’d like to paddle with a partner!
Enjoy a 2-hour guided flatwater kayak or SUP tour on the James River. See waterfowl, songbirds, and other wildlife far from the bustle of the city.
We typically meet at Deep Bottom Park & Four Mile Creek and paddle the Four Mile Creek section at that launch site. If you would like to schedule a different location, we have other options (Huguenot Flatwater and Great Shiplock Park) also within 20 minutes of downtown.
Deep Bottom and Four Mile Creek Park
About a 25-minute drive outside downtown Richmond, Deep Bottom and Four Mile Creek Park sits on a quiet, peaceful stretch of the James, far away from the sounds of the city. On your tour, you will paddle up Four Mile Creek, where you may see many species of birds, fish, and other wildlife. This location is ideal for clients coming from Chester, Hopewell, Charles City, or other locations south or south-east of the city.
Huguenot Flatwater is located just west of Richmond, above the James River rapids. It is a quiet stretch of flatwater perfect for birdwatching and fishing. Your tour will take you under the Huguenot Bridge and along the shore where you will practice your paddle strokes and take in the peaceful scenery. It is an ideal location for clients coming from Short Pump, Midlothian, Bon Air, Tuckahoe, and other locations west of the city.
This location is only available when river levels are under 6 ft. Please call us to ensure availability.
Great Shiplock Park
Located below the fall line in the heart of downtown Richmond, Great Shiplock Park is part of the historic James River and Kanawha Canal. The canal served as a transport hub for tobacco warehouses along Dock Street and extended 197 miles west through the Virginia mountains. Immerse yourself in Richmond’s history from a new perspective on the river! This location is ideal for clients coming from downtown Richmond, Mechanicsville, or other locations south or south-east of the city.
This location is only available when river levels are under 7 ft. Please call us to ensure availability.
Towels, swimwear, camera, hat, sunglasses, river footwear, sunscreen, water bottle, snack
Kayaks/SUPs, paddles, PFDs, safety equipment, guides