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South Anna River in Virginia

Trip Overview

Did this quick paddle with my brother Josh Johnson while he was on leave from the United States Marine Corps. The put-in at Rt. 33 is nice with plenty of parking as is the take-out at Rt. 54. Josh and I paddled at a quick pace and did not do much exploring. We did see four deer swim across the river and a few hawks. We came across a few rock gardens and had no problems except a few scrapes of the hull. The river level was up a bit, so at low water the paddle could be touch and go.

The half way mark is around the Gilman's Bridge. There is a nice set of rapids after the bridge with plenty of lines to choose from. We saw several small islands along the way. Future plans would be to float the remaining sections down to the confluence of the Pamunkey.






Rt. 33 West from Richmond (put-in)

Rt. 54 West from Ashland (take-out)


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  • Duration: Day Trip
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking, Canoeing
  • Water Type: River/Creek (Up to Class II)
  • Group Rates: No

Locations on this Trip