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Canoe, Kayak, & SUP Guides and Outfitters

We've compiled a list of area guides and outfitters who can provide you with all the necessary equipment for a day on the river, including a guide. In addition to the outfitters and guides listed below there are also additional businesses that will rent your kayaks, SUPS, and/or tubes so be sure to check out our kayak/canoe/sup/tub rental page too.

James River Outfitters

The James River is Virginia's greatest river with the finest canoeing and freshwater fishing. A 16-mile stretch in Botetourt County is the only part of the James River that has been designated a Virginia Senic River. The upper James River hosts a number of popular gamefish with the smallmouth bass and muskie at the top of the list. For canoeing and kayaking, the river winds its way through fields and mountains affording paddlers a variety of options - from flat water to Class III+ (Balcony Falls). Learn more about paddling and fishing options on the Upper James River Water Trail.

Twin River Outfitters
Twin River Outfitters offers canoe, kayak, and tube rentals, as well as an overnight canoe camping trip option on the James River.

  • 540.261.7334
  • Located in Buchanan (map it)

Wilderness Adventure at Eagle Landing
Wilderness Adventure at Eagle Landing is a complete outdoor adventure center that offers guided canoe and kayak trips on the James & New Rivers and Craig Creek.

  • 800.782.0779
  • Located in New Castle (map it)

New River Outfitters

The New River is the second oldest river in the world, giving anglers and paddlers world-class excitement, and is one of the few rivers that flows north. The New River is home to many species of freshwater game fish including bass, trout, walleye, muskellunge, crappie, bluegill, carp, or flathead and channel catfish. The New River is also ideal for Class I-III paddling trips.

Tangent Outfitters
Tangent Outfitters offers canoe, tube, SUP, and mountain bike rentals, guided fishing trips, and overnight camping trips on the New River.

  • 540.626.4567
  • Canoe and Fishing trips located in Pembroke (map it)
  • Tube rentals located in Radford (map it)

Wilderness Adventure at Eagle Landing
Wilderness Adventure at Eagle Landing is a complete outdoor adventure center that offers guided canoe and kayak trips on the James & New Rivers and Craig Creek.

  • 800.782.0779
  • Located in New Castle (map it)

Stride Standup Paddleboards
Stride is dedicated to providing the highest quality SUP boards that make sense. Our speciality is inflatable boards that pack into a backpack...pull the pack out of your trunk, blow it up, and you're on your way.  Manufactured here, and sold online as well as at Back Country SKi & Sports. Check our website for clinics offered on the New River, as well as Claytor and Smith Mountain Lakes.

New River Canoe Livery
The New River Canoe Livery has been renting canoes and kayaks on the New River for more than 30 years.

  • 540.599.2597
  • Located in Pembroke (map it)

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

  • 540.921.7438
  • Located in Pembroke (map it)

Craig Creek Outfitters

Craig Creek is an incredily beautiful shallow creek that meanders its way through lush vegetation. This Class I creek is best paddled in the spring and fall.

Wilderness Adventure at Eagle Landing
Wilderness Adventure at Eagle Landing is a complete outdoor adventure center that offers guided canoe and kayak trips on the James & New Rivers and Craig Creek.

  • 800.782.0779
  • Located in New Castle (map it)

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