Whether you’re looking for someone to show you the line down a class IV rapid or a group of like-minded paddlers who want to protect our rivers, these clubs and organizations are the ones that unite Roanoke’s boating community. Groups are there for everyone from the first time kayaker to experienced stand-up paddler and are a great way to spend more time on the water.
Coastal Canoeists is a family-oriented club dedicated to the enjoyment and advancement of paddlesports and consists of canoeists, kayakers, and others from the southeastern U.S., but primarily from Virginia. Activities of the club include an active club volunteer-coordinated trip roster with trips for members, at all skill levels, happening nearly every weekend of the year.
The Creek Freaks is a paddling club sponsored by the Franklin County Parks and Recreation. From arranging trips and gear swaps to expanding the availability of river/lake access facilities, Creek Freaks are all about water. Continued growth of the blueway network and paddling sports activities will depend on volunteers and partners who will provide critical support to work on particular projects or events.
The Roanoke Valley Chapter of the Float Fishermen of Virginia is a varied group of boaters that includes rafters, kayakers and canoeists. The group floats the rivers, streams and waterways of Virginia and works to preserve and protect these important natural resources.
The mission of the Friends of the New River is to promote the conservation, protection, and enjoyment of the natural, cultural, recreational, scenic, and historical values of the New River from Claytor Lake Dam downstream to the West Virginia state line. In 1988, the New River was designated as one of 14 American Heritage Rivers. Friends of the New River is a National Committee for the New River partner.
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