Welcome to

James River Runners

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




      We are gearing up for another summer of fun and sun on the water! We will begin taking reservations March 1st. SPRING OFFICE HOURS WILL VARY. IF YOU LEAVE A MESSAGE WE WILL RETURN IT AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. All camping must be booked by staff in our office. If you do not plan on camping with us you can book your float trip on line at jamesriver.com  We look forward to seeing you all!!

  The River is calling! Come join the fun!

We are looking to hire new staff for the season so give us a call.

Call or book online today!


James River

Current Conditions

Canoeing & Kayaking

River Details

Date: 3/24/2023  11:36 AM

Average Depth = 4.38 ft

Water Temp = 50 degrees

Water Speed (Est. ) 2.15 MPH

Water Clarity = Clear

CFS = 3340

RED = High water levels, Not running 

YELLOW = Above average levels, faster trips and STRONG SWIMMERS ONLY

GREEN = Perfect conditions! The river is ready for you!

BLUE =  Low levels, longer trip times. Watch for rocks!

**River levels and conditions are subject to change without notice.

Forecast Details

Isolated showers between noon and 2pm, then scattered showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a temperature falling to around 63 by 5pm. Light and variable wind becoming northeast 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Showers and thunderstorms likely before 2am, then isolated showers after 5am. Patchy fog before 11pm, then patchy fog after 1am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a low around 46. Northeast wind 7 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Showers likely, mainly between 8am and 2pm. Patchy fog before 1pm. Otherwise, cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 72. East wind 5 to 9 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Saturday Night
A chance of showers before 8pm. Mostly clear, with a low around 51. West wind 9 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Sunny, with a high near 74. West wind 6 to 10 mph.
Sunday Night
A slight chance of showers after 2am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 45. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Reserve your day on the river

Make a memory on the James


James River Runners Activities


Enjoy the James on a relaxing canoe. Canoe for a few hours or take a muli-day trip. Excellent swimming and picnicking opportunities and the scenery is AAA!


Our 3 mile river tube trip winds through beautiful rural countryside, and has a nice set of novice rapids as well as several great islands to stop and enjoy.


Grab a group of friends and explore the river together on an inflatable raft. A great way for a small group to spend the day on the river.


Some of the most fun you can have on any river is in a kayak. Kayaks are fast, easy to maneuver and available for ages 10 and up.


Setup your campsite right on the James. Enjoy the sights and sounds of riverside camping. Camping is for customers renting equipment only.


Fishing on the James River is must for every angler. James River Runners offers full day, part day and overnight fishing excursions.

Directions to James River Runners

Using GPS can often place you on the other side of the river. We are located on the North side of the river. Please be sure your directions are to the correct side if using MapQuest or GPS. Call us if you need help getting here: (434) 286-2338. See detailed directions coming from different directions.


Can you hear the river calling for you?