James River Runners is now CLOSED for the 2015 season.
We would like to thank all of our patrons for another great season of Fun, Sun and Water!

Thank you for a great year on the river and we look forward to seeing you next spring. We will reopen March 1, 2016 and start taking reservations then.


Please call ahead to make reservations and check on current conditions.

Please make yourself at home while browsing our website. We are the original outfitter located beside The James River and are entering our 36th year of professional outfitting. Our experienced staff and management will make every effort to provide you with a memorable trip. James River Runners, LLC takes pride in what we do. No corners are cut in offering you the finest equipment available combined with quality and reliability.
We have the most comprehensive current river conditions web page in Virginia (updated daily!) and use ISDN technology to access all of our weather and river information every day. Of course, even with this information it is still possible to get caught in the old thunderstorm routine, so be aware of changing weather conditions while on-river.

Reservations are strongly recommended every day and especially for Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays when we do get completely booked at times.

Click here to go directly to canoeing, rafting, kayaking, and tubing trips with pricing and trip descriptions!

In order to choose the best canoe livery for your family or group it is best to visit the livery itself and see how it operates. Websites and talk can be flashy and there are those who will tell you they are the best at everything. So come for a visit and we will be happy to show you the "real deal"! Also, speak with those who have used James River Runners in the past for recommendations. See our customers' comments for more input.

Other outfitters may use islands and PUBLIC lands for their overnight camping trips. Camping on islands can be hazardous due to fluctuating water levels and weather conditions. James River Runners, LLC provides your camping area within our PRIVATE riverside lands that we operate and maintain so you don't have to mingle with the general public or worry about your ability to access the land.
In order to maintain good sanitation procedures which protect our precious natural environment, we provide clean porta potties at both our base camp at Hatton Ferry and our wilderness camp at Howardsville (Ja-Rock Rivers). Howardsville is the JRR put in spot for the 9 mile excursion, is a completely private boat ramp, and is utilized as the camping area on our overnight canoe trip.

We spare no expense in providing top of the line Old Town Camper model ABS canoes (Old Town promotes these canoes as their most versatile, stable, and durable family-oriented canoe). Our rental products include heavy duty Carlisle paddles with STM blades, hypalon material rafts, rotomold sit on top kayaks, vest type lIl life preservers for safety and comfort, and thick walled inner tubes. And with 6 well maintained buses, 3 vans, and other assorted trucks and transport trailers you can be assured that we can offer the best and most reliable service to small or very large groups.

James River Runners makes every effort to offer the best service available as well as top of the line equipment.
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Community Commitment 2015:
Great Chili Cookoff benefiting the Scottsville Vol Fire Dept


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