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.

Due to low water conditions, we are currently CLOSED for all paddling and tubing trips until we get some rain.

This time of year, we are often able to open up for river trips after we get some rain. We usually don’t know this until the day we are able to open up, so check back with us for current conditions either here on our website or with a phone call.

In the meanwhile, we will remain open on a modified schedule for renting our Kayaks, Standup Paddleboards, Canoes, and Tubes for customers to take and do there own self-supported adventures on lakes or other rivers. Click here to make a booking for equipment rental.

You can also rent equipment and paddle it around in the relatively flat section of the Rivanna just downriver from our shop. This is a great option to have access to a river experience, and you can paddle to a beach that is nice for swimming and picnicking. This option allows you to avoid  loading equipment on your car.

We will be staffing our shop for rentals and answering the phone on the following schedule:

Saturday & Sunday: 9 am to 4 pm

Monday & Friday: 9 am to 2 pm

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: CLOSED 

We will resume our normal schedule when significant rainfall brings the river up again. We will update this webpage and post to social media to notify you if this occurs.

Voyage to Vines!  Our newest trip offering…… enjoy a Friday evening paddle on the South Fork Rivanna Reservoir followed by beautiful views, live music and wine at Chisholm Vineyards just 5 minutes up the road. Click here for more details and to make a reservation!

Save the Date for our Used Boat and Paddling Equipment Sale…Saturday, September 14th from 9 am to 1 pm. We will be selling kayaks, SUPs, canoes, paddles, PFDs and river tubes at great prices. More details and pricing will be posted soon.

A Rivanna River Co. Gift Certificate as a unique gift for any occasion. Click here to give the gift of a memorable experience in the great outdoors! 

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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