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The Rivanna Conservation Society (RCS) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to protect one of our beautiful, regional gems: the Rivanna River. The RCS holds several events throughout each year, including the annual Rivanna River Sojourn – a family friendly float for all water crafts (non-motor) and all experience levels, with a river cleanup component.
From the RCS website:
“Rivanna River Paddles and Sojourns – RCS and its partner Blue Ridge Mountain Sports host the annual Rivanna River Sojourn with cooperation of the City of Charlottesville, and the Counties of Albemarle and Fluvanna. This event, held in April of each year, offers novice and experienced paddlers with the opportunity to traverse the beautiful Rivanna River with family and friends (or soon to be friends). The Sojourn generally launches from Milton/Shadwell and ends in Palmyra at the Pleasant Grove Heritage Trail Park.”
**This year the plan is to start and finish at the UVA Rowing Club boat ramp (thereby paddling Charlottesville’s reservoir).
More from RCS:
Date: Saturday, April 25th (Rain Date: Sunday, April 26th)
Time: 10 AM – 2 PM (This is the time for participants – we will likely be there around 9 AM to get setup and stay a little after 2 PM to pack up everything)
Location: Start and finish at the UVA Rowing Club (at the Reservoir) – 276 Woodlands Road, Charlottesville, VA 22901
Route: We will start at the UVA Rowing Club boat ramp, paddle upstream (away from the Reservoir) for a couple of miles, then turn around and come back. If we have extra time and people are up for it we can add a little more time paddling around the Reservoir.
Parking: We are hoping everyone can park at the UVA Rowing Club – we are in the process of confirming this with them. Additional parking is also available nearby at the boat launch and near the bridge on Earlysville Rd.
For more info about the RCS: http://www.rivannariver.org/
**There will also be an intro-to-white-water-kayaking component for anyone interested. Before the float I can go over some necessary skills for beginners interested in paddling a white water kayak, and then participants will have plenty of time to practice paddling; this will fulfill requisite skills for beginner white water kayaking river trips.
To sign up for the sojourn, please join this trip and register through RCS’s website by following this link:
**Do NOT register with the RCS unless you are certain that you will be attending this trip.
For now I am going to limit the number of participants to 5, the number of peeps I can tote; I can increase this number as drivers sign up.
What you should bring:
swimwear, towel, water, snacks, your boat/gear if you have them, trip fee (see below)
What The Club provides:
boat/gear, boat/gear transport
Trip Fee: $25 which includes lunch (after the float; provided by the RCS) – this goes to the RCS who uses it to fulfill their mission of protecting the Rivanna