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Virginia whitewater, James River

Pony Pasture Park to Reedy Creek section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II     5 miles
  The Pony Pasture Park to Reedy Creek section of James River in Virginia is 5 miles long and has been rated as a class I-II section by American Whitewater. The wonderful Virginia scenery and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream attract people from near and far. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way around here you'll find a large number of good places. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking
    here in Virginia are often easier than in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that rivers in this state are less demanding. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, suitable for an
afternoon trip. This river system has a few good paddling sections and the Pony Pasture Park to Reedy Creek section is one of them. If you're coming from Richmond it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, as you can see on the road map further down. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. A bit of exercise and just hanging out with mother nature have people coming from far and near. There are some good hotels  
near the river, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car.

Briefly about the general area:
You'll meet a lot of folks from Richmond here; of course, everybody loves Pocahontas State Park. James River frequently gets a lot of rainfall. August is the month that gets the most rain, and April on the other hand is the driest. Summertime at James River comes with high temperatures in the 80's, and during the night it cools down to the 60's. Highs during the wintertime are ordinarily in the 40's, and overnight lows during the winter for James River tend to be in the 20's.

James River, Pony Pasture Park to Reedy Creek road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near James River.
 Whitewater Near James River:
James River, -blank- County, 2 miles away
      Class I-II - 5 miles long (Pony Pasture Park to Reedy Creek)
James River, City of Richmond County, 2 miles away
      Class III-IV - 2.5 miles long (Reedy Creek to Mayo Island)
Whitewater Outfitter - Rivercity Rafting, Henrico County, 5 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Newfound River, Hanover County, 17 miles away
      Class II(III) - 4 miles long (Rocketts Mill to US 1)
Appomattox River, Chesterfield/Dinwiddie County, 18 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.5 miles long (Chesdin Dam To Petersburg)
Little River - North Anna Tributary, Hanover County, 18 miles away
      Class I-III - 5.5 miles long (Verdun to Doswell)
North Anna River, Hanover County, 22 miles away
      Class II-III - 9.5 miles long (Butler Ford Bridge to Route 1)
 Ski Areas Near James River:
Massanutten, Virginia , 99 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
 Marinas Near James River:
Anchor Point Marina, Hopewell , 18 miles away
Appomattox Small Boat Harbor, Prince George , 18 miles away
Belle Haven Marina, Airway Heights , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near James River:
Quality Inn & Suites Richmond, Richmond , 2 miles away
Holiday Inn RICHMOND-I-64 WEST END, Richmond , 2 miles away
Days Inn Richmond/South, Richmond , 3 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Richmond, Richmond , 3 miles away
Courtyard Richmond West, Richmond , 3 miles away
 Campgrounds Near James River:
Richmond MWR RV Park, Richmond, 8 miles away
Ponderosa Mobile Home Park, Richmond, 8 miles away
Kosmo Village Campground, Glen Allen, 10 miles away
 Public Lands Near James River:
Prince William Forest Park, Triangle - VA , 56 miles away
Pocahontas State Park, Virginia , 10 miles away
Lake Anna State Park, Virginia , 39 miles away
 Golf Courses Near James River:
Country Club Of Virginia, Richmond , 3 miles away
Belmont Golf Course, Richmond , 5 miles away
Belmont Golf Course, Richmond , 5 miles away
 Lakes Near James River
Lake Chesdin, Chesterfield , 18 miles away

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