James River - Warren To Scottsville
Enjoy river running? Ever wanted to canoe the James but didn’t want to shell out $25 to an outfitter? This is your chance. While it may not be the most exciting stretch of water in the world, the 6 miles of the James River between Warren and Scottsville provide beautiful scenery and a little class I (low class II) whitewater action to keep things interesting. Water levels are currently a little on the high side due to recent rain, but it will be well within outfitter guidelines for safe canoeing. The higher water levels also means the water will be moving faster and you’ll have to paddle less.
It is early in the season for canoeing so participants should dress for cool weather (mid 60’s) and synthetic clothing is a must. If the weather deteriorates significantly I will cancel the trip, but for now forecast for Sunday looks good. The air temperature should be good, but the water will be quite cold. This means falling in will be a memorable experience.
The trip is open to anyone who wants to canoe, but is especially good for those who want an introduction to canoeing. If you have ever canoed on a lake, this is a good next step towards understanding the dynamics of moving water and obstacle avoidance.
Participants should bring:
River shoes (Tevas, Chacos, Keens or old tennis shoes will do)
Rain shell in case of rain
A snack if you are the type who is hungry often
Lunch or money to grab food in Scottsville at the end of the trip (we’ll make the call at the end of the trip depending on what’s open and what we have time for)
Club provides canoes, paddles, pfd’s (life jackets), gas
I currently have space for myself and 9 others on this trip but will need two more drivers in order to run shuttle. I will waitlist people till I have enough drivers to accommodate 10 people.