• Custom Trips can often be arranged by advanced request;
  • Minimum Group Size= 6 for self-guided trip, 4 for guided trip
  • Call or email us in advance to schedule: rivannarivercompany@gmail.com or 434-218-2052

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 | 6 miles  |  3-4 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:
Kayak….. .$39
(SUP rental includes helmet and requires River Skills Trip as a prerequisite)

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:

Kayak….. .$29
(SUP rental includes helmet)

Rivanna Guided Journey | 6 miles  |  3-4 hours

Location: Free Bridge to Milton

Note: Guided Trips for 4 or more people can often be accommodated for a custom date, time, and stretch of the river.

Exciting rapids and a rich history make the river great to explore with a guide, both for people with little or no paddling experience and anyone interested in natural history, wildlife identification, and historical perspective. As your guide demonstrates and coaches paddling skills, you will learn how to read whitewater and maneuver your boat. Guides are intimately familiar with the river and its stories and wild inhabitants, so expect to come away with a richer appreciation of Virginia’s amazing natural and historic resources! Minimum age is 6. 

Pricing per Person:
Kayak….. .$69

Crofton to Palmyra | 6 miles  |  3-4 hours

Location: Crofton to Palmyra (Customers Meet Bus at Palmyra Boat Ramp!!!)

***IMPORTANT: For this trip only, customers drive to Palmyra, VA (30 minutes from Charlottesville) to meet the RRC shuttle bus. Customers park at the boat landing in Palmyra, ride the shuttle bus about 12 minutes to Crofton, and then float back to their car at Palmyra. Full directions will be provided in the trip confirmation. Customers DO NOT come to our shop location in Charlottesville at any time during this trip.***

The 6-mile trip from Crofton to Palmyra on the Rivanna is a peaceful paddle through rural Virginia Piedmont countryside. Beautiful scenery, wildlife watching, and rich river history make this an enjoyable trip for everyone.
This is the most beginner-friendly 6-mile trip that we offer.While there are numerous riffles and a few small small Class 1 rapids, the majority of the trip is placid water over pebble, rock and sand bottom. In the summer, the water is low and clear, and inviting for swimming, snorkeling, wading, and fish watching. Numerous pebble beaches and sunny rocks make good places to break, swim and snack. At typical summer water levels, expect the trip to take from 3 to 4 hours at a leisurely pace.

Pricing per Person:

Kayak….. .$39
SUP:………$45 (SUP rental includes helmet) 

River Tubing Trip | 1.75 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

Rivanna South Fork Exploration | 6.5 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:

Kayak….. .$39
SUP:………$45 (SUP rental includes helmet and requires River Skills Trip as a prerequisite)