Experience the only Class IV white water rapids in a major U.S. city! You'll see why Outside Magazine named Richmond its "Best River Town." We start just outside of downtown in the beautiful urban forest of the James River Park System. Then we’ll turn the corner at Belle Isle to see the Richmond skyline laid out in front of us…and it’s time to conquer the Class III-IV Lower section of the mighty James River through downtown!
We’ll stop at the halfway point to re-hydrate and grab a snack while taking in the urban whitewater views. There will be plenty of time for swimming and staying cool before we takeout at the bottom of historic Shockoe Slip, having run the best (and biggest) rapids in downtown Richmond! Then it’s back to the Riverside Outfitters shop for a beverage and some front porch sittin'...no better place to relax and share war stories with your guide.
**Professional photos of your trip will available for download at riversideoutfitters.smugmug.com. Smile!!
*If you don't see dates/times available, please feel free to call the shop at 804-560-0068 during business hours. Minimum trip size is 4 people but we combine parties to meet that minimum if needed. If the minimum can't be met we'll reschedule or refund
*Involves strenuous activity in the heat
Boulevard Bridge to 14th Street Takeout
Approx 3 hours
Class II-IV rapids
10+ (Subject to change based on river conditions)
“My mother in law and some family friends are always looking for our next adventure. RO was the only team who worked my family in on a holiday weekend. The Lower James rafting trip was 100% worth it. It was all of our 1st time rafting. We hit the James with our guide, Arqam, aka guide of the century. We felt very safe and comfy under his direction. He was extremely patient with us. I’m tempted to go back tomorrow with some of my friends. Thanks for a great time! .”
“Took 40 people from work on a company outing. The staff, facilities, equipment, and rafting were all excellent. The guides were all top notch and added tour guide talks on historic and natural aspects of the James river as well as hitting the rapids. My group had an great time and would definitely recommend this for any group outings”
If you have children between the ages of 5 and 10 and/or if you're looking for a more chill ride with smaller waves, plenty of awesome scenery and swimming, the Upper River trip is for you!
|Pony Pasture to Reedy Creek|
|Starting at $73- No other fees|
|Min. age 5 (may be higher in high water conditions)|
Take advantage of this unique offering to enjoy RO's Lower River Raft trip amid a beautiful RVA evening. Awash in the gold, orange and pink of a gorgeous summer evening sky, we'll plunge through the lit-up cityscape of downtown.
|Reedy Creek to 14th Street|
|$79/person- No other fees|
|Min. age 10 (may be higher in high water conditions)|