01/07 Whitewater Kayak Rolling Clinic

Whitewater Kayak Rolling Clinics
Learn and practice kayak rolling during the off-season! Qualified instructors will teach and review rolls in a manner appropriate for beginner or experienced kayakers. Kayaks and equipment are available. Personal kayaks need to be cleaned before use in the pool. Minimum age is 13. Previous kayaking experience is required.
Manchester YMCA, 7540 Hull Street Rd.
Sundays, 6:00p.m. – 8:30p.m      $50 ($55 w/rental)
Jan. 7                     Course 32891
Feb. 4                     Course 33339
Feb 25                    Course 33340
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

 

03/25 Kayak Sampler

Kayak Sampler – Indoor Pool
Here is your opportunity to see if the growing sport of kayaking is for you. Certified instructors will teach the basic techniques and safety in the warmth and comfort of an indoor swimming pool. Sit-on-top, whitewater, and touring kayaks will be available for sampling. Swimming ability is required. Minimum age is 11. Youth 11-13 must be accompanied by an adult. Max. weight 250 lbs. due to kayak limitations.
Manchester YMCA, 7540 Hull Street Rd.
Sunday, March 25, 6:00p.m. – 8:30p.m.    $55     Course 33323
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

04/21 Kanawha Canal Paddle

Kanawha Canal Paddle
Join us paddling on the Historic Kanawha Canal in Richmond! Use Sit-on-Top or Recreational kayaks 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. Renting provides all needed equipment. Minimum age is 11. Youth ages 11-13 must be accompanied by an actively participating adult. Max weight of 235 lbs. due to kayak limitations.
James River Park System, Pumphouse Park
Sat., April 21,   8:30 a.m. – 11:30a.m.   $35 ($40 w/rental)   Course 33322
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

04/22 Kayaking 101-Introduction to Calm Water Paddling

Kayaking 101 – Introduction to Calm Water Paddling
Join the regions’ most experienced staff and learn how to paddle the correct way with Chesterfield County’s professional instructors! This class is designed for the person who wants to learn the basics of flat-water kayaking. The class covers entries, exits, strokes, safety, and the equipment needed to start kayakinq. An optional tour of the Dutch Gap Conservation Area is included. Rental includes kayak and all equipment. Swimming ability is required. Minimum age is 11 and youth 11-13 must be accompanied by an actively participating adult. Max. weight 250 lbs. due to kayak limitations.
Dutch Gap Conservation Area, 251 Henricus Park Rd.
Sunday, April 22,   9 a.m.- 4 p.m.    $70 ($80 w/ rental)      Course 33329
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

04/26 50+ Kayak Sampler – Outside

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, 251 Henricus Park Rd.
Thursday, April 26, 6-8:30 p.m. $35 ($40 with rental)       Course 33324
Thursday, May 17, 6-8:30 p.m. $35 ($40 with rental)        Course 33325                                                                                                         

Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

04/28 Kayaking 201- Beginner Whitewater

Kayaking 201 – Beginner Whitewater
Join the regions’ most experienced staff and learn how to paddle whitewater the correct way with Chesterfield County’s professional instructors! Spend Day 1 on flat water learning technique, safety, and control in true whitewater kayaks. Day 2 is a whitewater river trip to introduce river reading and running, and refine skills. Swimming ability required. Minimum age is 13. All equipment provided. Max weight 235 lbs. due to kayak limitations.
Dutch Gap Conservation Area, 251 Henricus Park Rd.
James River Park System, Pony Pasture
Saturday and Sunday,    9 a.m.-4 p.m.    $140
April 28-29          Course 33332
May 12-13           Course 33333
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

 

05/05 Floating the Nottoway River

Floating the Nottoway River
Float and paddle the Nottoway River from Courtland to Cypress Bridge where “Big Mama“ reigns amidst a grove of towering cypress trees. Relax with the gentle and somber coastal river while admiring stream banks lined with tupelos, cypress and water and overcup oaks. This will be a five-mile float. For ages 12 and older. An adult must accompany children aged 12-16.
Henricus Park Visitor Center, 251 Henricus Park Road
Saturday, May 5,   9:00-6:00 p.m.      $35  Course 33372
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

05/06 Whitewater 101: Sit-on-Top River Kayaking

Whitewater 101 – “Sit-on-Top” River Kayaking
No previous whitewater experience is needed for this trip, which is designed for those wanting to explore the easier rapids 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, May 6, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.     $70 ($80 w/rental)     Course 33331
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

 

05/09 Whitewater Kayak Playdays

Whitewater Kayak Play Days
This after-work, informal instructional time is for newer whitewater kayakers (especially those without a boat) to get time on the water. Instructors will be present to answer questions and give pointers. Sessions will stay at Pony Pasture Rapids with no down-river runs. Completion of a previous Whitewater Kayak class is required. All equipment is provided. Minimum age is 13.
James River Park System, Pony Pasture
Wednesdays, 6-8:30 p.m       $29
May 9            Course 33327
May 23          Course 33328
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

 

 

05/12 Seldom Seen Island

Seldom Seen Island
See the Tidal Lagoon in the Dutch Gap Conservation Area like you have never seen it before. Paddle at low tide to see exposed barges and Seldom Seen Island. See what’s revealed after the water drops almost four feet. Minimum age is 8. An adult must accompany children aged 8 -14. Paddling time is approximately 2 hours.
Henricus Park Visitor Center, 251 Henricus Park Road
Saturday, May 12,   9:00a.m.-noon.      $16  Course 33373
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

06/02 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 2 hours.
Henricus Park Visitor Center, 251 Henricus Park Road
Saturday, June 2,   5:30-8:30 p.m.      $16  Course 33383
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

06/09 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 3 hours.
Henricus Park Visitor Center, 251 Henricus Park Road
Saturday, June 09,   11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.    $21  Course 33384
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

06/19 Eco-Adventure Camp – Exploring the Chesapeake Bay Paddle

Eco-Adventure Camp – Exploring the Chesapeake Bay Paddle

Explore the natural and cultural history of the Chesapeake Bay. On day one, paddle to New Point Comfort Lighthouse, the fourth oldest lighthouse on the Chesapeake Bay, situated in Mobjack Bay. On the second day, paddle the open waters of York River to Goodwin Islands, part of the York River Estuary Preserve. Lastly, paddle the Great Wicomico to see and learn about live oyster beds, tour the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum and relax at the local ice cream shop. Sit-on-top kayaks will be used, or paddle the mouth of the bay at Eastern Shore NWR. For ages 12-14.
Parks Maintenance Building, 9201 Public Works Road
Tuesday-Thursday, June 19-21    $200    Course 33439
Tuesday, 9am-8pm.
Wednesday 9am-6:30pm.
Thursday: 9am-6:30pm.
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

07/02 Robious River Camps

Robious River Camp
Join us for this exciting outdoor camp along the James River in Northern Chesterfield County. Activities include hikes, kayaking, rock climbing at Peak Experiences Gym, nature exploration, and awareness.
Robious Landing Park, 3700 James River Road
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Explorers (ages 7-9): $105
July 2-6               Course 33123
July 9-13             Course 33124
July 16-20           Course 33125
July 30- Aug. 3    Course 33126
Aug. 6-10            Course 33127
Adventurers (ages 10-12): $110
July 2-6               Course 33118
July 9-13             Course 33119
July 16-20           Course 33120
July 30- Aug. 3    Course 33121
Aug. 6-10            Course 33122
Details: Noel Losen, losenn@chesterfield.gov or 804-748-1129

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

07/10 Eco Adventure Camp – From Ocean to Mountains

Eco-Adventure Camp – From Ocean to Mountains

Hike, paddle, and pedal through the rich and diverse environments of Virginia. Paddle the Blackwater River, where cypress trees and resurrection ferns grow and marine fossils reveal an ancient ocean. Pedal through the remote False Cape State Park, a barrier spit in southern Virginia Beach. Finally, hike along and explore the Riprap Hollow in Shenandoah National Park and plunge in the crystal-blue swimming hole. For ages 12-14.
Parks Maintenance Building, 9201 Public Works Road
Tuesday-Thursday, July 10-12      $200     Course 33366
Tuesday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Thursday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

James River Levels

James River level at Richmond Westham Forecast

USGS Current James River Level:

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