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James River in Virginia

Trip Overview

We dropped a truck off at Scottsville public boat ramp around 9am and got up to Warren landing at 915am. We were able to park right at the ramp, though there is limited parking and it is recommended to get to the lot before 10am because the lot fills up fast. You will also be competing with the busses from JRRR. We put in around 945am and were off. I have floated this section many times in my life but we always fished and stopped at Hatton Ferry. There are enough good fishing spots to keep you on that short section for the whole day. We were only floating on this day and of the 9 of us, one canoe and 7 kayaks, 3 had never been on a river before. The river was at almost perfect floating height. The river was moving but we still paddled a little. We essentially spent the whole day floating. The water was muddy and only had a foot or two of visibility, so, we did not see any fish or turtles. We saw a bunch of hawks but no eagles this day. The set of rapids at Hatton Ferry were not flowing too fast and the beginners did great. The rest of the float was very laid back and we took out at Scottsville with no issues. The put in at warren is a muddy bank and the take out at Scottsville is a concrete ramp.


Bathroom at JRRR




From Charlottesville, go south on route 20 to scottsville, turn just before the bridge turn left, then turn right at james river reeling and rafting.


  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Water Type: River/Creek (Up to Class II)
  • Group Rates: No

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