If you are looking for a more mellow ride, the upper offers beginner friendly Class I-II rapids while also providing the experience of being immersed in the James River’s natural scenery.
Lower James River Whitewater Rafting
- Per Person Weekdays
- Per Person Weekends
Lower James River Rafting in Richmond, VA
Enjoy the thrill of the rapids, breathtaking scenery, and the famous Richmond skyline all in one trip! The Lower James River has something for everyone and is home to America’s only urban Class IV rapids. There’s no better way to experience the River City!
We will meet you at our rafting shop at 1511 Brook Rd. Before embarking on your adventure you will get outfitted with helmets, PFDs, and paddles before receiving a safety briefing from the trip leader. After a short bus .ride to the James River Park System we will arrive at our launch location for the day. Guides will train each team fo 4-6 rafters with strokes and procedures for navigating the Class III & IV rapids of the Lower James River. Rapids can include Hollywood, Pipeline, & Fish Ladders as well as alternate lines if river conditions dictate. During the trip we will stop for a short snack and water break on an island to regroup and make sure the teams are hydrated and comfortable. We try to allow multiple times during the trip for clients to get in the water and float through the calm sections.
Once we get off the water, we’ll shuttle you back to our base at RVA Paddlesports where you can share stories of you adventure and check out the pictures our photographers took of your group on the water.
Towels, change of clothes, camera, swimwear, hat, sunglasses, river footwear, sunscreen, water bottle
Raft, paddles, helmets, PFDs, safety equipment, snack, shuttle, guides, photographers
Street parking is available around our shop on Brook rd, Oak, High and Sledd St. Signs for weekend parking are in the SSI lot across from our shop at 1512 Brook rd . Look for the Green canoe across the street and you’ll know you are in the right place!
Please be early so that you have time for the bathroom, sunscreen, and changing if need be. Clients driving from Northern Virginia or The Tidewater area should always allow ample time for traffic delays.
In the event of cold weather, RVA Paddlesports will provide the following for no extra charge:
- Splash tops
- Wetsuits (size XXS-XXL)
- Booties (size 5-13 unisex)
- Hot cocoa