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.

04/17 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.

05/02 Sit-on-Top Kayaking: River Trip

“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. The instructors will teach all the skills required to navigate this stretch safely and in control while showing you the best routes and play spots!  Swimming ability is required. All equipment is provided. 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.   It is strongly suggested that you have some previous paddling experience.
James River Park System, Pony Pasture
Saturday, May 2,  9 a.m. – 3 p.m.     $60 ($70 w/rental)            Course 29472
Details: Greg Velzy, velzyg@chesterfield.gov or 748-1124

05/09 Twilight Paddle

Twilight Paddle

Embark on a paddle to explore the tidal lagoon from late evening into
the twilight. Find out how the lagoon was made, where the graveyard
is and what wildlife inhabits the barge islands. For ages 10 and older.
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 9, 5-8 p.m.           $16                Course 29406
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

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

06/28 Eco Adventure Camp – Three Rivers

Eco-Adventure Camp – Three Rivers
Paddle and explore the natural and cultural history of three rivers in Virqinia. Paddle a five-mile section of the Nottoway River,
part of the Chowan watershed, to experience a premier, coastal black water river with towering cypress and tupelo gum trees, resurrection ferns and banks of marine fossils. Next, head to the Piedmont to paddle a six-mile stretch of the James River near James River State Park. Part of the James River watershed, this section features riffles and small rapids along with clear pools to explore for macroinvertebrates. On the third day, paddle eight miles on the South Fork Shenandoah River, part of the Potomac River watershed. Kayak the meandering river, bordered by the Massanutten and the Blue Ridge Mountains.
For ages 12-14
Parks Maintenance Building, 9201 Public Works Road
Tuesday-Thursday, June 28-30      $225     Course 30553
Tuesday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Wednesday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Thursday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

07/12 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 Vrrginia 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 12-14    $200    Course 30525
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

07/26 Youth Adventure Camp

Youth Adventure Camp
Spend three adventure-filled days exploring Virginia’s wild places. Try stand up paddle boarding with Black Dog Paddling on the James River experience the challenge course then raft the James River with Riverside Outfitters, kayak a local river and hike in the Shenandoah mountains. For ages 10-12. Drop off and pickup will be at Rockwood Park.
Tuesday – Thursday, July 26-28,  8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.    $180   Course 30672  
Details: Noel Losen, losenn@chesterfield.gov or 804-748-1129