01/01 Individual and Group Canoe or Kayak Tours

Individual and Group Canoe/Kayak Tours

Enlist the naturalist for a nature tour to discover and explore the Dutch Gap Conservation Area. All trips include canoe and/or sit-on-top kayaks, paddles, personal flotation device, basic paddling instructions and guided tour. Tours can accommodate an individual, couples or groups up to 14 participants. For more information and to schedule a tour, call Mark Battista at 318-8735.

04/14 Bald Eagle Tours

Bald Eagle Tours
Join Capt. Mike Ostrander, with Discover the James – Bald Eagle Tours, on his 24-foot pontoon boat for this unique and spectacular experience on the James River. After boarding the boat watch the sun rise while seeing our national symbol up close and personal. Minimum age is 15. Space is limited, register early. Private charters are also available.
Deep Bottom Boat Landing, 9525 Deep Bottom Road
Thursday,  9:30-11:30 a.m.     $45
April 14       Course 30718
May 19        Course 30719
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

04/17 Whitewater 101: Sit-on-Top Kayak Trip

Whitewater 101 – “Sit-on-Top” Kayaking – River Trip
No previous whitewater experience is needed for this trip, which is designed for those wanting to explore the easier rapids stretch of the James River, from Pony Pasture to Reedy Creek in Richmond on “user friendly” sit-on-top kayaks. This is a great way to get a feeling for whitewater paddling without the rigors of being inside a true whitewater kayak. Swimming ability required. Rental includes kayak and all equipment. Minimum age 11, Youth ages 11-13 must be accompanied by an actively participating adult. Max weight of 235 lbs. due to kayak limitations. It is strongly suggested that you have some previous paddling experience.
James River Park System, Pony Pasture
Sunday, April 17, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.     $70 ($80 w/rental)     Course 30728
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov.

04/28 50+ Kayak Sampler

50+ Kayak Sampler 
Geared towards the never too mature to have fun crowd (50+), here is your opportunity to see if the growing sport of kayaking is for you. Professional instructors will teach the basic safety and paddling techniques needed to get out for an evening paddle on calm water. Sit-on-top and touring kayaks will be available for sampling. Swimming ability is required. Max. weight 250 lbs. due to kayak limitations.
Dutch Gap Conservation Area, 513 Coxendale Road
Thursday, April 28,   6-8:30 p.m.      $35 ($40 with rental)      Course 30727
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

04/30 Merchant Mill Pond Paddle

Merchants Millpond State Park Paddle
Paddle and experience the wilderness-like primordial waters of Merchants Mill Pond and Lassiter Swamp. Cypress trees, tupelo gum, Spanish moss, mosquito fern and alligators thrive in this enchanted swamp. Fee includes transportation. For ages 12 and older. An adult must accompany children aged 12-16. Paddling time is approximately 3.5 hours.
Henricus Park Visitor Center, 251 Henricus Park Road
Saturday, April 30,  9 a.m,-6 p.m.  $33  Course 30551
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

04/30 Stand Up Paddle Boarding (S U P)

Stand Up Paddle Boarding (S.U.P): Instruction and Tours
Black Dog Paddle has the longest certified ACA SUP instructors in Central Virginia, so you are guaranteed to receive the best possible instruction! Lessons cover all the basics as well as safety, strokes, and balance, and include a short ECO-tour. All essential gear is provided: SUP board, paddle, PFD and leash. Maximum weight limit is 235 lbs. due to equipment stability. Minimum age is 11. A participating adult must accompany youth age 11-13.
Dutch Gap Conservation Area, 513 Coxendale Road
Saturday, April 30, 1:30-5 p.m.  $76    Course 30741
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

05/01 50+ S.U.P. (Stand Up Paddleboarding)

50+ S.U.P. (Stand Up Paddle Boarding)
Black Dog Paddle has the longest certified ACA SUP instructors in Central Virginia, so you are guaranteed to receive the best possible instruction! Lessons cover all the basics as well as safety, strokes, and balance, and include a short ECO-tour. All essential gear is provided, SUP board, paddle, PFD and leash. Maximum weight limit is 235 lbs. due to equipment stability. Minimum age is 50.
Dutch Gap Conservation Area, 513 Coxendale Road
Sunday, May 1,  1:30 p.m.-5 p.m.  $76      Course 30740
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

05/02 Whitewater Rafting

Whitewater Rafting
Experience Riverside Outfitter’s Lower James River Rafting trip on Richmond’s award-winning white water! The excursion will beqin and end at the Riverside Outfitter’s shop in Stratford Hills .. they’ll take care of the shuttling. You will put in near the Boulevard Bridge. Paddle into the biggest rapids the James River has to offer, right through the heart of downtown with a break for provided refreshments at Belle Isle. This is easily one of Richmond’s best adventures! Minimum age is 12.
Riverside Outfitters, 6836 Old Westham Road
Saturday, May 7, 1:30-4 p.m.     $60        Course 30747
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

05/07 Evening Paddle at the Heron Rookery

Evening Paddle at the Heron Rookery
Embark on an evening paddle at the Dutch Gap Conservation Area. Slip quietly through the waters to observe wildlife and observe the heron rookery, Watch the changing colors as the sun sets below the horizon. For ages 10 and older. An adult must accompany children aged 10-14. Paddling time is approximately 2.5 hours.
Henricus Park Visitor Center, 251 Henricus Park Road
Saturday, May 7,   4-7 p.m.    $16      Course 30529
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

05/08 Kanawha Canal Paddle

Kanawha Canal Paddle
Join us for this new program paddling on the Historic Kanawha Canal in Richmond! Use sit-on-top, touring kayaks, or canoes for this exploratory journey on the first commercial canal system in the country, that has been vacated for decades. The instructors cover all safety and history for this step back in time. Swimming ability is required. Renting provides all needed equipment. Minimum age is 11. Youth ages 11-13 must be accompanied by an actively participating adult. Max weight of 2351bs. due to kayak limitations.
James River Park System, Pumphouse Park
Sunday, May 8,   8 a.m. – noon.   $40 ($45 w/rental)   Course 30749
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

05/16 Swift Creek Conservation Area

Swift Creek Conservation Area
Paddle and explore the county’s newest conservation area along the lower Swift Creek. Venture into three aquatic environments, including river, swamp and tidal marsh in this 459-acre conservation area. For ages 10 and older, an adult must accompany children 10-14 years of age. Paddling time is approximately three hours. Includes transportation.
Henricus Park Visitor Center, 251 Henricus Park Road
Saturday, May 14,   9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.    $21  Course 30531
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

05/18 50+ Kayak Sampler – Full Moon

50+ Kayak Sampler – FULL MOON!
Geared towards the never too mature to have fun crowd (50+), here is your opportunity to see if the growing sport of kayaking is for you, and get the bonus of FULL MOON paddling! Certified Instructors will teach the basic safety and paddling techniques needed to get out for an evening paddle on calm water. Sit- on-top and tourinq kayaks will be available for sampling. Swimming ability is required. Max. weight 250 Ibs. due to kayak limitations.
Dutch Gap Conservation Area, 513 Coxendale Road
Wednesday, May 18, 6-9 p.m.  $40 ($45 with rental)     Course 30750
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

05/19 Whitewater Full Moon Paddle

Whitewater Full Moon Paddle
Join us on this evening whitewater kayak trip down the James River, using either sit-on-top or whitewater kayaks, as the nearly full moon rises in front of us! Previous river paddling experience is required. Minimum age is 15. swimming ability is required. Completion of a two-day, Beginner Whitewater Kayak class is required if using a whitewater kayak.
James River Park System, Pony Pasture
Thursday, May 19, 6 – 10 p.m.    $40 ($45 w/rental)         Course 30753
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

05/21 Rising Moon Paddle

Rising Moon Paddle
Paddle and float during the evening hours at the Dutch Gap Conservation Area. Slip quietly through the waters to observe wildlife. Watch the sunset and behold the moonrise, Minimum age is 10. An adult must accompany children aged 10 -11. Paddling time is approximately three hours.
Henricus Park Visitor Center, 251 Henricus Park Road
Saturday, May 21,   5:30-8:30 p.m.    $16     Course 30542
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

05/28 Sunset Paddle

Sunset Paddle
Paddle into the evening hours as the sun drifts below the horizon and the tide ebbs. Visit the graveyard islands and labyrinth. Minimum age is 10. An adult must accompany children 10-14 years of age. Paddling time is approximately two hours.
Henricus Park Visitor Center, 251 Henricus Park Road
Saturday, May 28,   6-9 p.m.      $16  Course 30530
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

05/29 Day of Sailing

Day of Sailing
Bring a picnic lunch and board a cruising sailboat for a day of sailing on the Chesapeake Bay. This is a great experience for people who would like to try sailing for the first time or for people who have had instruction and would like more practice. Transportation to the marina is on your own (directions provided). Minimum age is 18. Near Urbanna, Va.
Sunday, May 29,   9 a.m.- 4p.m.  $70     Course 30738
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov