Whitewater Ducky Trip
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A great option for those of you looking for a more challenging and thrilling trip. You and your guides will paddle single-person inflatable kayaks called “Duckies” on the Lower section of the James River through the Class I-III whitewater. This trip requires the water level in the James River to be at or below 5′ as measured by the Westham Gauge Westham Gauge
Get your blood pumping and hair standing on end by maneuvering through bigger rapids in the heart of what Outside Magazine named the Best River Town in the U.S. While paddling through Richmond’s growing skyline, you’ll also get the chance to swim in calm pools and see Bald Eagles, Great Blue Herons, Turtles and other wildlife.
If you already have some basic whitewater paddling experience, this trip provides a higher level of instruction to give you the confidence to paddle bigger rapids. Trip sizes are kept small (max 6 guests) to provide a more controlled paddling environment. These boats are great for what you’ll be doing…they’re designed to make paddling through bigger whitewater easier for a wide range of abilities. But don’t be fooled, this trip is a significant step up in challenge and skill/athleticism compared to smaller class I-II whitewater. Count on getting flipped out of your boat and having to swim in whitewater…might not happen, but probabaly will at least once.
We’ll end the trip at the 14th St. white water takeout at the bottom of historic Shockoe Slip…then it’s back to the Riverside Outfitters shop– more like turn-of-the-century farm house– for a beverage and some front porch sittin’…a great way to end a great trip! Exact trip duration will depend on water level…typically about 3 hours. Trip price is $69/person on weekdays and $79/person on weekends.
Must be a least 16 years old accompanied by an adult, and confident swimming in whitewater
Weight Limit approx 240 lbs
11:00 am trip time, 10:30 am check-in at the RO shop at 6834 Old Westham Rd.