When the James River is running between 3.5′ and 5.5′ (on Westham Guage) this is a great route that will take you about 2-3 hours to float. Above 5.5′ this route will likely take less than 2 hrs. So, if you want to be out there longer, consider doing the Pony Pasture to Reedy Creek route. There is only one Class II whitewater section at the end…the rest is flatwater with varying current speeds at different water levels. About half way through the route is the William’s Island Dam (Z-Dam), a low bulkhead dam that you will need to portage around. There is a marked trail on Williams Island, that we will point out to you during the shuttle ride, where you exit the river and use a trail to easily walk around the dam. Trying to run the dam is a terrible idea and has led to people not making it off the river. It’s easy enough to get around, so do yourself a favor and don’t ruin your day…Portage and have a blast! As the name suggests, for this service we are simply shuttling you and your own tube (not provided by us) from Pony Pasture to the Huguenot Parking area.
**Important** Park your car at Pony Pasture– 7310 Riverside Dr, Richmond, VA 23225 — and our shuttle will meet you there.
Leave yourself lots of time to park your car as parking is very limited and it might take awhile to find a space in the lot or on the road. Your tubes can’t be larger than 4′ in diameter. We’ll give you and your tube a ride up to Huguenot Flatwater parking area, then it’s off you go. You’ll take-off the river at your car.
**Park policy is that alcohol is prohibited on the river. All drinks should be in cans or plastic containers…NO glass please!
** People’s biggest regret is getting dehydrated and sunburned. So, do yourself a favor and pack ample water and sunscreen. Likewise, have a plan for car keys and phones….nothin’ worse than getting to the takeout with a phone and keys at the bottom of the river. Consider Uber or Lyft. You can purchase a tube deflating tool from us upon on-line checkout that will enable you to quickly deflate your tubes so you can take them in the car easily after your trip.
* If you don’t see dates/times available, please feel free to call the shop at 804-560-0068 during business hours
Pick you up at Pony Pasture and drop you off at Huguenot Flatwater
Approx. 2-3 hrs.
Class I (one set of class II) rapids
Your decision. Call us for recommendations given river level