RICHMOND Va. - Virginia
is an East Coast destination hugged by the Atlantic Ocean and is also home to the
largest estuary in the United States,
the Chesapeake Bay.Add in the abundance of whitewater rapids,
pristine lakes and coastal rivers, and it's easy to see why Virginia is a prime
watersports destination. Below are highlights of experiences on the water in Virginia,
with many more at www.Virginia.org\outdoors.
Floating: Virginia's riversoffer
many spots for paddling, tubing, rafting and more.
Family-friendly Whitewater: The Clinch River flows through the scenic gorges of Southwest Virginia. From
calm stretches to class III rapids, the paddler's paradise offers amazing mountain
views for canoers, kayakers and anglers.
Tubing: The scenic James River is a popular
tubing spot as it courses through the wooded foothills of the Blue Ridge
Mountains. James River Reeling and Rafting and James River Runners in Scottsville offer tubing, canoeing, kayaking, rafting and
fishing excursions for individuals and groups, day or overnight along the
SUP Tours: Stand Up Paddle (SUP) is the
combination of canoeing, kayaking and surfing. Using a canoe-like paddle and
standing atop a stable and balanced long board, paddlers propel themselves
through the water with smooth alternating strokes. In Richmond, Black Dog Paddle offers a variety of SUP tours of
inland waterways. Southwest Virginia's Tangent Outfitters also offers SUP tours on the New
Extreme Whitewater: Adventurous
whitewater enthusiasts should
experience the wild class V+ whitewater on the Russell Fork River at Breaks Interstate Park. The Russel Fork season is limited
to weekends in October, when water is released
from the John Flannagan Dam and Reservoir.
America's Largest Estuary: Sea kayakers and casual canoers love to explore the calm waters of the
Chesapeake Bay -
America's largest estuary. The bay and its tributaries take paddlers to the
shores of small fishing towns and quaint tidal villages, past lighthouses and coastal wildlife. Get acquainted with the bay on the Mathews Blueways Water Trail, a 90-mile trail with 18 launch sites for easy access to coastal beauty.
Nature Tour's Dolphin Adventure in Virginia Beach
allows kayakers to paddle among leaping dolphins. Departing from the north end
of the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, paddlers follow the coast to a favorite dolphin
playground where the Chesapeake Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean.
in Virginia Beach: Coastal
SUP Tours in Virginia Beach offers personalized Stand-up Paddle
Board experiences. Beginners can take a relaxing tour of First
Landing State Park, or tour the Bay/Ocean and watch the dolphins as they
migrate on their daily feeding routines around Cape Henry Point. More experienced
riders can participate in one-on-one SUP surf lessons.
Virginia's Eastern Shore: SouthEast Expeditions Kiteboarding School inCape Charles Virginia is the
only full service kiteboarding center in Virginia. This is an ideal spot to learn, with flat, shallow water and
consistent side shore breezes. Kiteboarder magazine calls this place "the best-kept secret on the
Eco-tours of Virginia's
Eastern Shore with Marine Science Consortium: Folks interested in learning more
about the ecosystem of the beaches, marshes, bays, maritime forests, and
off-shore waters of Virginia's Eastern Shore should check out the educational
programs offered by the Marine
Surfing: Tula Adventure Sports in Virginia Beach provides rentals, tours, lessons
and gear sales in wakeboarding, waterskiing, kiteboarding and more.
Lakeside Fun: Virginia's lakes are prime spots
for both non-motorized and motorized watersports fun. Virginia's lakes also
offer some of the best fishing in the state.
Lake Anna offers 200 miles
of rural shoreline in Central Virginia. Popular activities include boating,
sailing, water skiing, wake boarding and jet skiing. Lake Anna is also
considered one of the best lakes to fish for largemouth bass on the eastern
and more: Sherando Lake Recreation Area is an idyllic 24-acre lake surrounded by the George
Washington National Forest, which is known for hiking and mountain biking.
the Blue Ridge: Smith Mountain Lake is a lake destination near the Blue Ridge Mountains with more than
500 miles of scenic shoreline. Boat rentals are easy to find in the 20,000-acre
lake's surrounding towns and recreation areas.
largest lake: In Clarksville, visit Buggs Island Lake, Virginia's largest lake, with
more than 50,000 acres of fresh water to explore. Buggs Island Lake is listed
as the number one Crappie fishing lake in the U.S. by "In-Fisherman"
magazine. Another great spot is Lake Gaston, a scenic 20,000-acre lake in South Hill, has 34 miles of
shoreline and an abundance of opportunities for kayaking, fishing, boating and
Scubadiving: Lake Rawlings is a privately-owned scuba and
camping park located in Rawlings, Brunswick County, in south central Virginia.
It is open to the public and features very clear lake water for scuba diving
and snorkeling. Underwater finds include the sailboat shell used in the
underwater scene of the Warner Brothers movie, "The Replacements," a
Nomad 22 airplane at 60', two school busses (one at 30') and more.
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