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Virginia whitewater, Slate River

Buckingham county, Diana Mills to James River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II     9.5 miles
Please be aware that the whole section of the Slate River is privately owned.† There are no public inputs on this river.† Check with property owners before. Says T

I have floated this river more times than i can count. Yes, it is an easy float but, i have respect for any body of moving water Says Thomas Mitchell

The natural beauty of Buckingham County and the playfulness of the water attract people from near and far. If you're
    coming from Charlottesville it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. The Diana Mills to James River stretch of Slate River
is 9.5 miles long and it is classified as a class I-II section by American Whitewater. There's camping available near Slate River. The sections for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Virginia are often more forgiving than in other states, so keep in mind that rivers in this state are not as hard as elsewhere. Getting some good exercise and spending some quality time in nature have people coming from far and near. There are some good  
sections to paddle in this river system, the Diana Mills to James River section is one of them. This stretch has has enough mileage, you can easily run it on an afternoon. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way there are not so many other good places for that around here. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car.

Briefly about the general area:
Here at Slate River there are plenty of folks from Arvonia, and Bear Creek Lake State Park is a glorious site to go.

Slate River, Diana Mills to James River 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 Slate River.
 Whitewater Near Slate River:
Slate River, Buckingham County, 4 miles away
      Class I-II - 9.5 miles long (Diana Mills to James River)
Hardware River, Fluvanna County, 5 miles away
      Class I-II - 12 miles long (Temperance Wayside to James River)
Rivanna River, Albermarle County, 19 miles away
      Class II - 4 miles long (Charlottesville to Shadwell)
Hardware River - South Fork, Albemarle County, 21 miles away
      Class II-IV - 7.5 miles long (Route 631 to Hardware River)
Hardware River - North Fork, Albemarle County, 22 miles away
      Class II-V - 6 miles long (Route 708 to Route 20)
Rivanna River - North Fork, Albemarle County, 29 miles away
      Class II - 12 miles long (Advance Mills to Route 29)
 Ski Areas Near Slate River:
Wintergreen, Virginia , 41 miles away, 1003 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Massanutten, Virginia , 47 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 67 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
 Hotels Near Slate River:
High Meadows Vineyard Inn, Scottsville , 10 miles away
Keswick Hall, Keswick , 16 miles away
Comfort Inn Monticello, Charlottesville , 18 miles away
ExecuStay At Stone Creek Villa, Charlottesville , 18 miles away
Hilton Garden Inn Charlottesville, Charlottesville , 19 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Slate River:
Hardware River Wildlife Management Area, Arvonia, 3 miles away
James River Runners, Scottsville, 10 miles away
Bear Creek State Park, Cumberland, 13 miles away
 Public Lands Near Slate River:
Shenandoah National Park, Luray - VA , 53 miles away
Bear Creek Lake State Park, Virginia , 12 miles away
Twin Lakes State Park, Virginia , 29 miles away
Holliday Lake State Park, Virginia , 37 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Slate River:
Rivanna Resort & Golf Club, Palmyra , 10 miles away
Lake Monticello Golf Course, Palmyra , 12 miles away
Laurel Ridge Golf Club, Palmyra , 12 miles away
 Lakes Near Slate River
Lake Monticello, Fluvanna , 13 miles away
Trice Lake, Cumberland , 14 miles away

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