Welcome to James River Runners

Your destination for canoeing, tubing, rafting, kayaking, camping and fishing on the James River in Central Virginia.

 James River Runners is now CLOSED for the 2016 season. We would like to thank all of our patrons for making it a great year of fun on the river and look forward to seeing all of you again in the spring!!

James River Runners is currently CLOSED for the 2016 season.  



The rental season generally runs from April – October. We strongly recommend making a phone reservation, especially on weekends and holidays. To make a reservation, call (434)286-2338.

Current River Conditions

The James River has a lot of personality, and it’s best to keep an eye on the current conditions to ensure a great experience on the water. We update this section frequently, so check it before you head out.


We’re located in beautiful Scottsville, Virginia, just a short drive from Charlottesville. Your GPS may have a little trouble finding us, so check out our detailed directions, and you’ll be here in no time.

River Activities

James River Runners offers a variety of outdoor activities for groups of all sizes.


There’s nothing more relaxing than floating down the James on a warm summer day. A great activity for couples, families and even large groups.

Canoeing, Kayaking and Rafting

Few summer activities  are more enjoyable than jumping in a canoe, kayak or raft with a friend for a perfect day on the river.


The James River is known for some of the best small mouth bass fishing in the nation. Nothing beats relaxing in a canoe with a good buddy while you reel in a trophy catch.


Keep the summer fun going at our premier campgrounds. Located riverside right at Hatton Ferry your party can relax by the campfire after a full day on the river.


Join Us, and Create Your own James River Runner Experience


Fun Facts

Every year we have the privilege of creating amazing summer memories for thousands.

Satisfied Customers
Tubes Rented/yr
Years in Business

Top of the Line Equipment


What People Are Saying About Us

My family spent last weekend on the James through your outfitter co. It was fabulous! the equipment and staff were all we hoped for. I thank you for a trip i will never forget. Also one i will take again soon!

Martin Overholt – The Mayfield Clan

WOW!!! Once again James River Runner provided a great day for us.The day could not have been much better than it was. The water was great,nice and clear.The weather was great as well. I am from Chesapeake,Va. A group of us from Deep Creek United Methodist Church have been coming for the past 6 years. Out of those 6 years 5 of them have been outstanding while the other had bad storms in the area and there was no trip due to lightning. I highly recommend the tubing trip at James River Runners. Thanks!

Tim Mizell – Cheasapeake, Virginia

All your crew, WVIR-TV had one of the best company parties in a long time! I'm still getting comments from people on how much fun they had. I really appreciate the extra work you did for us to make us feel welcome and if I have anything to do with it......we will be back next summer! Keep up the good work and please pass along my thanks to your staff for making it a great tubing trip.

Robert Van Winkle – Charlottesville, Virginia ( Chief Meteorologist, WVIR TV )

Please keep up the great work! It's always a pleasure to know that your entire outfit, equipment, facilities, and especially the people that work for JRR will consistently deliver the highest quality trip on the James. You've gone well beyond the limits of great service.....you create life-long memories!! Now....if you could just figure out a way to control the weather!

Tom McGraw – Charlottesville, Virginia

Thanks for a wonderful day today. As usual, I really enjoyed myself. I have come to be really proud to bring groups to Scottsville to experience the beauty of the James through James River Runners. You and your staff always handle everything so professionally and personally. You make me feel very welcome and you cater to us as if we are family. The group that I brought to you today had such a great time and were very complimentary of the idea and the hospitality. It makes me feel good to represent you to my friends, peers, and co-workers when you always come through. It was great seeing you again and I look forward to another trip before the summer is out. I'll be wearing my James River Runners shirt with pride, being a walking billboard in the Richmond area for the best team on the river - James River Runners!

Paul Mauger – Richmond, Virginia

Just wanted to thank you once again for a truly memorable weekend. EVERYONE had a great time and we all want to come back again next year. Your campsites were beautiful, your equipment in great shape and your entire staff extremely friendly and helpful. We will be back.

Jeffrey Hoel – Quantico, Virginia

Thanks again for the photo and for just a fabulous time on the river. You run a top notch operation there. We all feel so comfortable with you and your staff. A great day and a great time. Thanks so much. Your "river therapy" was good for all of us!

Louise Edsall ( Science teacher, Linton Hall School )

I just wanted to take a moment and THANK YOU for such a great time we had up there last weekend. I'm getting many calls and emails saying how much fun everybody had, and wanting to know when the next trip is!! The picture on the website is fantastic and I thank you for that as well. Please pass on to your staff that they were the nicest and most accomodating folks! Again, thanks and we'll more than likely see you in September

Rochelle Brown

I make it a point to 'tube with JRR at least once each summer -- more times if at all possible. I first 'tubed & camped at JRR about six years ago with a friend who was already familiar w/ your setup. Now I've brought several more friends, who always tell me they'll definitely be back again as well. Your setup is so relaxing. I just pack a cooler, my suit & swim shoes & leave the rest to you. No juggling cars, coordinating drop off & pickup, patching & lugging tubes, blah, blah, blah. You guys do the driving & the work & we reap the sun & fun. Thanks for many great river memories!!

Kim McCartney

Our group came up for the Memorial Day w/e. We've always tubed before with groups anywhere from 16 to 30, but we couldn't tube because of the H20 levels being so high. It was our first time rafting. What a blast!!! We had perfect weather too on Saturday. We'd have come back on Sunday to do it again, but the weather stunk. We'll be back again to the Mountain House for a couple more trips this summer and you're certainly on the list. Thanks for the hospitality!!!!

Paige Young – Virginia Beach ( CEO of Clsscio )

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Our History

James River Runners LLC. has a rich history in Central Virginia dating back to 1979. Read more.