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We’ve compiled a list of outfitters who can provide you with all the necessary equipment for a day on the river, including a guide. With the largest lake and two largest rivers in Virginia, plus 24 large streams in the Roanoke Region, you are sure to find the perfect place to go for a paddling adventure. In addition to the outfitters and guides listed below there are also additional businesses that will rent (or sell) kayaks, SUPS, and/or tubes so you can get out on the water (even if you don’t own any gear).

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  • Mountain 2 Island Paddleboard Company Expand Collapse

    Mountain 2 Island Paddleboard company is the leading Paddleboard company located on Claytor Lake, offering specialized stand up paddling services, from rentals and gear to complete instruction and awesome tours. Mountain 2 Island also sells paddleboards from some of the top brands in the industry.

    Lessons and tours include:

    • Learn to paddleboard
    • SUP with your pip
    • Wednesday night social paddle
    • Once in a full moon tour
    • Sunset paddles
    • Paddleboard yoga

    Call or email info@mountain2island.com for availability.

  • New River Outdoor Co. Expand Collapse

    New River Outdoor Company provides canoe and kayak rentals, guided fishing, and cabin rentals on the New River.

  • New River’s Edge Expand Collapse

    Tubing from the Pembroke Boat Landing through the shoals and back to New River’s Edge is get fun for all ages. Unguided activities included with the cabin are canoeing, tubing, kayaking, basketball, crochet, horseshoes, and picnicking. Guided raft, canoe, kayak, and fishing trips are also available for a fee.

  • On The Water Expand Collapse

    Located in Floyd, On The Water offers kayak and canoe rentals, as well as guided trips on the Little River.

  • Roanoke Mountain Adventures Expand Collapse

    Roanoke Mountain Adventures is a full service outfitter offering guided trips for mountain biking, road cycling, paddleboarding, kayaking and other activities. In addition RMA offers shuttles, instructional clinics and rentals for all their outdoor gear. They also have an Outdoor Gear Consignment shop at their location, selling used boats, bikes, outerwear and other outdoor gear.

  • RU Outdoors Expand Collapse

    RU Outdoors and Outdoor Programs are the outdoor and adventure programming components of Student Recreation and Wellness at Radford University. Our mission is, to provide outdoor adventures, promote healthy self-discovery, and unlock student leadership potential, through challenging and fun outdoor experiences which enhances one’s personal growth and skills while emphasizing a respect and awareness of our natural resources. These experiences include rock climbing, caving, mountain biking, canoeing, kayaking, rafting, backpacking, and more. Our trips range from a single day to a weekend and sometimes even multiple week expeditions. Locations of our adventures tend to be all throughout Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia, and on certain occasions cross the majority of the country. Our organization offers great opportunities to participants attending trips and also to those who take the leadership role. Giving both parties opportunities to develop new skills is what we are all about. On top of all our adventures we offer gear rental for those seeking a little exploration of their own. Check out our website and schedule to see what we have to offer each semester. Our trips are for anyone, regardless of your affiliation to Radford University. Stop by our office and see what Southwest Virginia has to offer!

  • Tangent Outfitters Expand Collapse

    Tangent Outfitters offers canoe and tube rentals for the New River as well as half-day, full-day, and overnight trips, guided fishing trips and canoe and mountain biking combination adventures.

  • Twin River Outfitters Expand Collapse

    Twin River Outfitters is a full-service paddlesports business that rents canoes, kayaks, tubes, and rafts on the James, Maury, Jackson, and Cowpasture rivers. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains — only 25 minutes from Downtown Roanoke — Twin River is one of the largest river outfitters in the area. Established in 1978, TRO is an experienced river based business that runs a variety of safe, scenic, and fun river trips that appeal to all skill levels. In addition to a variety of day trips, they also offer multi-day and overnight trips that include riverside camping.

    River tubing trips are 1.5 to 3 miles in length and feature great current, easy fun rapids, and typically great water levels all summer long. Trips include shuttles, life jackets, and commercial grade river tubes.

  • Wilderness Adventure at Eagle Landing Expand Collapse

    Located 40 minutes from downtown Roanoke in scenic Craig County, Wilderness Adventure at Eagle Landing is a full-service outdoor adventure center, summer adventure camp, and retreat center. Wilderness Adventure at Eagle Landing specializes in creating custom adventure programs for groups ranging from two to 100 people.

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