Kayaking class IV rapids

For years, the James River has been known as a wonderful recreational river with Class II and IV rapids in an urban setting. In recent years, community groups and corporations have reimagined the river as a backdrop for innovative community events.

  • Ancarrow’s Landing/Manchester Slave Dock is a boat landing and fishing spot and one of the area’s most valuable historic sites. William Byrd is believed to have established Richmond here.
  • Huguenot Flatwater offers access to canoes, inner tubes and excellent fishing upstream at Bosher’s Dam.
  • North Shore offers paddling access.
  • Reedy Creek Launch is a canoe launch area with parking for 15 cars.
  • Tredegar Takeout
  • Pony Pasture is a put-in and takeout for kayaks.


Sunrise to sunset


Friends of James River Park
P.O. Box 4453
Richmond, Virginia 23220

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