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James River State Park's
Outdoor Adventures Canoe Livery

James River State ParkShuttle, canoe, kayak, tube and bike rentals

On the beautiful James River in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, James River State Park now offers complete canoe livery services. Spend a day on the river, or bring your camping gear and enjoy several fun filled days. (Camping reservations are highly recommended - call 1-800-933-PARK.) Note: The livery may be closed when weather isn't cooperative.James River State Park

Visit the camp store

Forget something? Not a problem. The camp store sells a wide variety of camping and paddling supplies. Merchandise includes fishing tackle, night crawlers, camp fuel and lantern mantles, even river shoes for the whole family. Food, snacks, ice cream, soda, t-shirts, hats, souvenirs and much more are available.

Fees at a glance (subject to change)

Trip 1 - Bent Creek to Canoe Landing. Six-mile shuttle included. Canoe, $50; single kayak, $40.

 Trip 2 - Bent Creek to Dixon Landing. Eight-mile shuttle included. Canoe, $60; single kayak, $45.

Trip 3 - Canoe Landing to Dixon Landing. Two-mile shuttle included. Canoe, $20; kayak, $18; tube, $12.

Click here for a map of the trips.

Hourly and daily rental also available, as are life jackets, paddles, seat backs, etc.

Affordable shuttle service is available for those who bring their own equipment. Call the livery directly at (434) 933-8682 or the park at (434) 933-4355, email jamesriver@dcr.virginia.gov.

Special considerations

Canoes allow up to three people, only two of whom can be adults. You must be 18 to rent equipment, and children must be at least six years old to take part. Weekends are very busy; call ahead for reservations or if you have questions. Be sure to check weather reports beforehand. The weather and river conditions are considered by staff in regard to rental.

Livery-camp store hours

First weekend in April to Memorial Day: Friday through Sunday, call for specific hours.

Memorial Day to Labor Day: Daily
Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Last shuttle to Bent Creek, 11:30 a.m.
Last put-in for canoes or kayaks, canoe landing to Dixon Landing, 1:30 p.m.
Last put-in for tubes, 1 p.m.
Friday and Sunday, 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. (camp store open until 8 p.m.)
Last shuttle to Bent Creek, 1:30 p.m.
Last put-in for canoes or kayaks, canoe landing to Dixon Landing, 3:30 p.m.
Last put-in for tubes, 3 p.m

Labor Day to last weekend in October: Friday through Sunday, call for specific hours.

Equipment availability is subject to weather and river conditions. Call the livery at 434-933-8682 for reservations and information about current conditions.

Directions - Click here

While you're here

Discover one of Virginia's best-kept secrets as you canoe or kayak down a 2, 6, or 8-mile stretch of the historic James River. Inner tubes are available for the 2-mile stretch between the park's two landings.

Explore James River State Park. The park's trail system of more than 15 miles meanders through a wide variety of terrain and habitats. Bring binoculars for birding and wildlife watching.

The park has many wheelchair-accessible facilities including a quarter-mile paved and boardwalk trail around Green Hill Pond.

Enjoy camping along the James in the primitive campground. Campsites have picnic tables and fire rings. Reservations are highly recommended; call 1-800-933-PARK (7275).

The park has cabins, lodges and a camping lodge (bunkhouse) as well as primitive and electric-and-water campsites with two nearby bathhouses. To guarantee your stay, reservations are strongly suggested. Please call 1-800-933-7275.