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Virginia whitewater, Rivanna River

Albermarle county, Charlottesville to Shadwell section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II     4 miles
I'm about to go on a feild trip with some nice guides.I have never canoed before.Wish me luck! Excited Rivanna canoer Says Emma

Last Saturday July 11th,2009 My son and his buddy, both 11 year old decided to canoe the rivanna river . We put the canoe at Shadwell near the bridge and came out at the cross road in Fluvanna county between 53 and 15. The trip took us 7 hours, 4 hours from Shadwell to Crafton and 3 hours from Crafton to
    Fluvanna court house. I though this could be a good information for the new comer in this area . I couldn't find any information about the time that this trip will take, well I hope this data will help other fellow persons.

It was wonderful experience for everybody Says Bruno Lapierre

Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Virginia is often easier than elsewhere, so keep in mind that lots of rivers in this state are good for beginners. The put-in is not too far from Charlottesville, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. This is one of a small number of paddling stretches in this river system, there are a few
others too. The nature scenery of Albermarle County and the cool fresh water have people coming here. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. Great exercise and just being out on the river for a while are great reasons to come. Lodging is available near the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you'll find a large number of good places. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, it's perfect for a one day trip. The Charlottesville to Shadwell stretch of Rivanna River in Albermarle County is 4 miles long and has been rated as a class II section by American Whitewater.

Rivanna River, Charlottesville to Shadwell road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

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Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Rivanna River.
 Whitewater Near Rivanna River:
Rivanna River, Albermarle County, 2 miles away
      Class II - 4 miles long (Charlottesville to Shadwell)
Rivanna River - North Fork, Albemarle County, 11 miles away
      Class II - 12 miles long (Advance Mills to Route 29)
Hardware River, Fluvanna County, 12 miles away
      Class I-II - 12 miles long (Temperance Wayside to James River)
Hardware River - North Fork, Albemarle County, 13 miles away
      Class II-V - 6 miles long (Route 708 to Route 20)
Hardware River - South Fork, Albemarle County, 15 miles away
      Class II-IV - 7.5 miles long (Route 631 to Hardware River)
Buck Mountain Creek, Albermarle County, 15 miles away
      Class II - 9 miles long (Route 610 to South Fork of Rivanna R)
Roach River, Albemarle County, 16 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (St. George to North Fork Rivanna River)
Lynch River, Albermarle County, 16 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.5 miles long (Shady Grove to North Fork of Rivanna River)
South River - Rapidan Tributary, Greene County, 18 miles away
      Class II-III - 9 miles long (Rt. 638 to Route 619)
Slate River, Buckingham County, 18 miles away
      Class I-II - 9.5 miles long (Diana Mills to James River)
 Ski Areas Near Rivanna River:
Massanutten, Virginia , 31 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Wintergreen, Virginia , 36 miles away, 1003 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 50 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 87 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 88 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 100 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
 Hotels Near Rivanna River:
Comfort Inn Monticello, Charlottesville , 0 miles away
Hilton Garden Inn Charlottesville, Charlottesville , 1 miles away
Keswick Hall, Keswick , 3 miles away
Omni Charlottesville Hotel, Charlottesville , 4 miles away
Residence Inn Charlottesville Downtown, Charlottesville , 4 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Rivanna River:
Charlottesville KOA Kampground, Charlottesville, 11 miles away
Hardware River Wildlife Management Area, Arvonia, 15 miles away
James River Runners, Scottsville, 15 miles away
 Public Lands Near Rivanna River:
Shenandoah National Park, Luray - VA , 35 miles away
Bear Creek Lake State Park, Virginia , 28 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Rivanna River:
Birdwood Golf Course, Charlottesville , 3 miles away
McIntire Park Municipal Golf Course, Charlottesville , 3 miles away
Glenmore Country Club, Keswick , 3 miles away
 Lakes Near Rivanna River
Charlottesville Reservoir, Albemarle , 9 miles away
Lake Monticello, Fluvanna , 10 miles away

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