Intermediate Whitewater Kayaking: Lower James in Richmond

Emily Powell

It’s no fun to tailgate in the rain…so let’s blow off the game and go kayaking instead! The Lower James through Richmond is a short, Class III run with some fun play spots. Let’s plan to leave Charlottesville (meeting at Fontain Research Park to leave cars, sort gear, and avoid the football crowds) around 11, which will put us on …

Intermediate Whitewater Kayaking on the James Through Richmond

Emily Powell

The lower James is a solid class III run right through downtown Richmond. Hollywood and Pipeline rapids are both Class III, and the rest of the run is class II and below, with one short flat section. The run itself is on the shorter side, but there’s a great play spot in Pipeline. You should have a pretty solid roll …