***COVID-19 Update***

As of 9/1/20, WE ARE OPERATING 5 DAYS A WEEK. (closed Tuesday and Wednesday). We are currently offering Boat and Equipment rentals as well as Boat Rentals with Transportation of Boats for select river trips when water levels allow. WE ARE STILL NOT SHUTTLING CUSTOMERS, so customers will need to set their own shuttle for themselves with 2 cars. Please see the Online Reservations page for all the details and schedule of these offerings.

We will continue to offer DAILY  Kayak, Canoe, SUP, and Tube rentals Wednesday through Monday with pick-up times between 9 AM and 3 PM. Please note the following:

  • PLEASE CLICK HERE to make a REQUIRED online reservation.
  • To preserve social distancing, we have tightly limited reservations in each time slot. If you don’t find available equipment in one time slot, try selecting another time, as the equipment is likely available.
  • After reserving equipment online, please sign the online waiver from the link in your confirmation email.
  • Please plan to load and unload the equipment yourself as our staff will be practicing social distancing which may limit our usual helpfulness.
  • Daily rentals can be returned same-day by 5:30 pm or the following morning between 8 and 9 am.
  • We are not able to provide shuttle service for customers at this time.
  • CLICK HERE for our tips on local places to go paddling. If you aren’t sure if your car can transport equipment, try renting one of our Stand Up Paddleboards, which can be transported in virtually any vehicle.

We are excited to serve our community with opportunities for outdoor recreation in a responsible way during this challenging time.  Our local waters are still here, offering us all an opportunity to connect with Mother Nature’s beauty and calming effects.

Pricing includes boat, paddle, and life jacket rental, all necessary shuttles, a safety orientation, and a quick equipment lesson if desired. Reservations are required for all trips...book online today!

Pricing is Per Person. All trips are Self-Guided unless otherwise noted. Children must be 6 yrs of age or over. Sorry, no dogs allowed on trips. 

See Boats and Equipment page for info on renting equipment for self-supported trips with no shuttle service         

Trip Details
Rivanna Adventure Paddle | 5.75 miles  |  2.5-3.5 hours

Location: Free Bridge to Milton Landing

This trip is limited to paddlers with enough experience to control their boat because of several exciting rapids along the route. Beginning in Charlottesville, this trip follows the Rivanna as it cuts through the Southwest Mountains. The rocky terrain and remains of historic dams make for interesting paddling and a history lesson on “Jefferson’s River.” Several Class II ledges require the ability to read rapids and control the boat. Just outside of town, the river enters an area that is surprisingly untouched, with excellent wildlife watching and scenery. Minimum age is 6. Novice paddlers or those new to river trips are strongly encouraged to take a Guided Trip as their first introduction to this section of the Rivanna. 

Pricing per Person:
Canoe or Tandem Kayak……$37
Kayak….. .$42

(SUP rental includes helmet and requires River Skills Trip as a prerequisite)

Shuttle Only (Bring your own boat)…….$23                                              

Rivanna Sampler  | 2  miles  |  1-1.5 hours

Location: Darden Towe Park to Riverview Park

This shorter trip is a great introduction to paddling and the Rivanna. Paddlers have a nice slow pool to get familiar with their equipment before a beach on river left signals the entry into the first challenging rapid of the trip. The beach provides a great stopping and picnicking spot before hitting the rapids. The remainder of the float is a variety of calm water and interesting “rock garden” rapids. A classic Cville view of the historic water tower and Mt. Alto greet paddlers as they round the final bend of the trip. Minimum age is 6. Beginning paddlers will enjoy this stretch as an introduction to the interest and challenge of river trips. 

Pricing per Person:

Canoe or Tandem Kayak……$28
Kayak….. .$33
(SUP rental includes helmet)

Rivanna South Fork Exploration | 6.75 miles  |  3-4 hours

Location: South Fork Dam to Free Bridge

Beginning on the South Fork of the Rivanna downstream of the reservoir dam, this trip follows the winding river through its confluence with the North Fork. This is a interesting trip suitable for participants who are comfortable with paddling. There are plenty of serene pools broken up by several Class I rapids and three Class II rapids which add some challenge and excitement to the South Fork portion of the trip. The woods and fields bordering the river make for excellent scenery and wildlife watching. Minimum age is 6. Novice paddlers or those new to river trips are encouraged to take a Guided Trip as their first introduction to this section of the Rivanna. 

Pricing per Person:

Canoe or Tandem Kayak……$37
Kayak….. .$42
SUP:………$46 (SUP rental includes helmet and requires River Skills Trip as a prerequisite) 

Shuttle Only (Bring your own boat)…….$23  

Paddle to Pints | 2 miles  |  1.5 hours

Location: Darden Towe to Riverview Park (bus pick-up and drop-off at Random Row Brewing Co.)

The perfect way to unwind after work! Get some friends together and come out for a short kayak paddle on the scenic Rivanna River followed by a craft beer at Random Row Brewing Co. Beautiful scenery, a nice swimming hole and a few beginner friendly rapids make for an ideal way to spend a summer evening.A Rivanna River Co. bus will pick you up at Random Row Brewing Co’s convenient downtown location. You will be driven to our shop location on the river at Free Bridge where you will then get in your kayak and have a short leisurely paddle down to Riverview Park. We will then pick you up and return you to Random Row to enjoy a delicious craft beer and food truck grub!! Bus leaves from Random Row at 5:30pm sharp (so plan to arrive at least 20 min ahead of time) and returns you to Random Row around 7:30 pm. Total roundtrip time is roughly 2 hours.


Pricing per Person:
Solo Kayak….. .$29



River Tubing Trip | 1.5 miles  |  2-3 hours

Location: Free Bridge to Riverview

This trip is offered beginning on Memorial Day and through September, weather permitting. Our vinyl river tubes are designed for your comfort and relaxation on the river. Kick back and enjoy a day with friends and family on the water. Maximum group size on each shuttle is 14. Minimum age is 6.

Pricing per Person:
River Tube……$25