Kayak, Canoe, Standup Paddleboard, and Tubing trips just 5 minutes from Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall.


We connect locals and visitors of all experience levels with memorable adventures on the scenic Rivanna River.

Open 7 Days a Week, Memorial Day through Labor Day. Reservations are required and can be made online anytime.

Due to unseasonably dry conditions, the Rivanna River is running very low. Unfortunately we have to pause most downriver paddling and tubing trips beginning June 15th until we receive significant rainfall (The Fluvanna Scenic Cruise option will be able to run this weekend).

 Your experience on the water is of utmost importance to us, and we feel the river is too shallow to provide most people with a fun paddling or tubing adventure. We will resume downriver trips when we get appreciable rain….check back here for updates!

We are still open 7 days a week for Out and Back Paddling, Tube Rentals (Float and Walk the Rivanna Trail), and SUP, Kayak, and Canoe rentals for other destinations.  Here are the options:

1. The Rivanna Out & Back includes a kayak, canoe, or SUP, life jacket and paddle rental for 2 hours to explore the calm waters of the Rivanna near the RRC shop. RRC provides the equipment at the river and will orient you to the area. You can paddle downriver 1/3 of a mile and upriver 1/2 mile. A pleasant beach for wading, swimming, playing, and picnicking is the destination downriver. This is a great way to get on the river in the summer and explore a new activity. Offered daily from 9:30 am to 3:15 pm.

2. Rent a Tube for a lazy float down the river as far as you like, and then simply walk back on the Rivanna Trail (paved, level, mostly shaded). The river is still a super fun play spot and enjoyable in a tube as long as you aren’t trying to get anywhere fast.

3. Our Daily Boat and Equipment Rental option allows you to transport kayaks, canoes, or SUPs to a lake or reservoir (see https://rivannarivercompany.com/local-paddling-destinations for recommendations). Our staff can help you learn how to transport equipment. Our inflatable standup paddle boards are particularly easy to move with any vehicle.

4. Stop by our shop for popsicles, cold drinks, gift shopping, and hanging out at our sweet riverfront location.

5. Come enjoy the Rivanna Roots Series Concert Series!

6. Join us each Wednesday afternoon/evening for Little Saturdays at RRC!

Our next Rivanna Roots Concert is this Saturday June 15th!!!  Click here to purchase tickets.

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For inquiries about any type of Custom Group Trip for educational field trips, youth group or scout group experiences, company outings, or staff retreats, please contact Gabe Silver at gabe@rivannarivercompany. We can  make something great happen for you and your organization!



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