Have you paddled the Appomattox River below Lake Chesdin? That is a great stretch of river and plenty of variety and scenery. See this release from the Chesterfield County:
Join Friends of the Lower Appomattox River on Saturday, Sept. 15, for the Fifth Annual Battle or Paddle, a 10-mile paddling adventure along the lower Appomattox .
Paddlers may choose to battle the course for time or paddle at their leisure while taking in the river’s abundant natural beauty and wildlife. The course will run from Hopewell City Park to Petersburg’s Pocahontas Island. Leisure paddlers will start at 9 a.m., and racers will take to the river at 10 a.m. A shuttle will be provided to return participants and their canoes or kayaks to Hopewell, or participants may choose to drop off vehicles at the Petersburg site (plenty of parking available). A continental-style breakfast will be available at the Hopewell site between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m., and lunch will be served at Pocahontas Island between noon and 2 p.m. A limited number of kayaks will be available to rent.
The registration form is available at folar-va.org, under “2012 Battle or Paddle.” Advance registration is $25 per adult and $10 for children and active military personnel. Participants also may register the day of for $30 per adult and $15 for children and active military personnel. Please send registration forms and checks to FOLAR, P.O. Box 1808, Petersburg, VA 23805, or fax them to 804-732-8972.
FOLAR is a regional nonprofit organization focused on protecting and conserving the Appomattox River. Formed in 2000, FOLAR is working to complete a “greenway-blueway” trail system along nearly 23 miles of the Appomattox River between the dam at Lake Chesdin to where the Appomattox meets the James River at Hopewell. Many trail sections have been completed, as well as parks and other improvements providing public access to the river. Proceeds from the Battle or Paddle will support this effort.
The entire course is flat water in the tidal section of the river, and the course direction was set to paddle with the tide.
For more information, visit folar-va.org, or call Wayne Walton at 804-943-6278 or Richard Taylor at 840-2757.