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Canoeing, Kayaking & Tubing

Nelson County features three great river options canoeing, kayaking or tubing.

The Tye River, the James River and the Rockfish River are perfect for enjoying a day on the water.

Beginning January 1, 2021, any person using a Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR)-owned or managed facility, including boating access sites, must have a valid Virginia hunting, trapping, or fishing permit, a Restore the Wild membership, an access permit, or current certificate of boat registration issued by DWR to use the facility. This does not apply to persons under the age of 17 or passengers with a permitted operator. The operator must have a permit. Click here for the FAQs from the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources.

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You agree that the use of the information on this website is at your own risk. Information on this site is provided by third parties. The operator of this website or its affiliates do not warrant the accuracy, quality, or noninfringement of the information provided and will not be liable for any claims or damages resulting from use of information obtained on this website. Whitewater paddling is an extremely dangerous sport with a high risk of death and serious injury.

This website is designed to help you easily find the right stretch of whitewater to paddle based on your location and your paddling abilities. It does not have any information on current conditions or safety advisories for the location you select. You need to search for more updated information on the selected stretch of river before you go. Not having the latest information about a paddling area is extremely dangerous and may cause death or serious injury.