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 sit-on-top kayaks, paddles, personal flotation device, basic paddling instructions, and guided tour. Tours can accommodate an individual, couples, or groups. For more information and to schedule a tour, call Mark Battista at 318-8735.

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

 

05/12 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

06/19 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

07/10 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

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