Rivanna River Water Trail
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network

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Brief Description: The Rivanna River, a designated Commonwealth of Virginia Scenic River, flows through Albemarle and Fluvanna Counties to the James River, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay. Beginning in Charlottesville, the 38 mile Rivanna River Water Trail gives you the chance to explore this historic landscape by canoe or kayak. In the land that Thomas Jefferson once roamed, you can still view sites along the river with which he was associated. A water trail map and guide is available from the Rivanna Conservation Society.

Please note that boating, canoeing, kayaking and other activities on rivers can be dangerous. Obtain a water trail map and guide and navigational maps in advance, plan your trip, and follow all safety precautions.

Location / Directions: The water trail can be accessed at 6 public launch sites along the river. Use the water trail map and guide for local directions. For travelers from outside the region, Charlottesville is easily reached via Interstate 64.
Mailing Address: Rivanna River Water Trail
Rivanna Conservation Society
PO Box 141
Palmyra, VA 22963
Phone: (434) 971-1553
E-mail: inquiry@rivannariver.org

Paddle a canoe or kayak to view historic sites dating to the 18th century, view wildlife, go fishing, or just relax.

Be sure to consult a water trail guide, detailed maps and local conditions prior to any river trip! Follow all safety precautions.

Birding and Wildlife Viewing Fishing Canoeing / Kayaking

Operating Hours: Launch sites are open all day, spring through fall. Do not go on the river during flooding or high water.
Fees: There are no fees for launch site use. The Rivanna River Water Trail map and guide may be purchased from the Rivanna Conservation Society.
Visitor Facilities: There are 6 existing launch sites along the route. Launch sites provide parking and access to the river. Obtain a water trail map and guide for details. Restrooms are not available at all launch sites or along the river; plan to use services in local communities or carry appropriate sanitary containers. Primitive camping is available at some designated sites along the route. Do not use private land without prior permission. Services and accommodations are available in several communities in the area.
Length: 38 miles / 61 kilometers
Website: http://rivannariver.org/home.html

The following product(s) are available to enhance your experience at this Gateway. Click on the title below for a more detailed description.

Rivanna River Water Trail Map and GuideRivanna River Water Trail Map and Guide - Large format fold-out map. Includes detailed natural and cultural history information. Color, water proof paper.
Price: $7.50 
Safety Info: Remember: safe use of rivers and any designated trails, at any time, is your responsibility! Water trail maps are for informational and interpretive purposes only and are not meant for navigational purposes, nor do they take into account level of skills or ability required to navigate rivers. The Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network, the National Park Service and/or the individual trail associations assume no responsibility or liability for any injury or loss resulting directly or indirectly from the use of water trails, maps or other printed or web-based materials. [View a list of water safety tips]
River Classification: Primarily Class I, however there are some drops considered to be in the high Class II or low Class III range. Read more about the different levels of River Classifications.

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