Lower River Rafting

From $71 *no other fees*

Lower River Rafting

Experience the only Class III-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! At that point we'll be back at 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!!

*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

*For Guided Raft Trips use Google maps to find our downtown raft shop in the "Park 14th" lot at 325 S. 14th St. Richmond, VA 23219. Find a "Reserved for Riverside" parking spot in our lot, check in at the front desk and we'll take care of the rest

*Weekdays: Groups of 10-19 ppl $67/person; Groups of 20+ ppl $63/person

*Weekends: Groups of 10-19 ppl $72/person; Groups of 20+ ppl $68/person

Quick Facts


Boulevard Bridge to 14th Street Takeout


Approx 3 hours

River Rating

Class II-IV rapids

Skill Level



9+ (Subject to change based on river conditions)


$71- No other fees


$76- No other fees


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“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”

All Guided Rafting Adventures

Falls of the James

Our flagship whitewater rafting trip down the Upper and Lower sections of the James River. Lunch provided

Pony Pasture to 14th Street
Starting at $94 *Lunch Included* No other fees
Min. age 9 (may be higher in high water conditions)
Lower River Rafting Trip

Our most popular raft trip...take the plunge through the bigger rapids downtown!

Boulevard Bridge to 14th Street
Starting at $71- No other fees
Min. age 9 (may be higher in high water conditions)

Pipeline Express Ducky Trip

Looking for more of a thrill? With a guide along for support, paddle one of our inflatable kayaks through the best whitewater in Richmond!

Tredegar Pool to 14th St.
Min. age 14 (may be higher in high water conditions)
Upper River Rafting Trip

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 $71- No other fees
Min. age 5 (may be higher in high water conditions)
Evening Trip

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
$76/person- No other fees
Min. age 9 (may be higher in high water conditions)
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