You Can Now SUP at Carvins Cove

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You asked for it and you got it!

Stand up paddling, or SUP, is the fastest growing paddlesport in the world and thanks to great collaboration between the Western Virginia Water Authority and Roanoke Parks & Recreation you can now SUP at Carvins Cove. The organizations spent the winter working together to craft a SUP Certification program that allows paddleboarding at Carvins while still protecting the water quality and serene experience we’ve come to expect from Carvins.

Before you grab your SUP and head to the Cove there are a few things you need to do and understand.

Anyone paddleboarding at Carvins Cove needs to have (and visibly wear) a SUP Certification Badge. Here’s how to get a badge:

  1. Participate in a SUP class or already have a current SUP certification through ACA, PSUPA, WPA, or other nationally recognized organization.
  2. Visit and register with the City of Roanoke Parks and Recreation Offices signifying you understand and agree with the Stand Up Paddleboard Agreement (print this out in advance to speed up the process). There is a registration fee of $10 to obtain a badge which will “certify” you to SUP at Carvins Cove for two years. Don’t forget to bring a copy of your certification.
  3. Show your badge to Carvins Cove Boat Landing attendants. At this time you will also need to pay any associated boat launching fees ($5/day or $75 annually), are subject to a boat inspection, and show attendants that you have the necessary equipment to SUP on the reservoir.

It’s important to understand that any recreating at Carvins Cove is a privilege and if abused can be taken away. Please protect this invaluable resource and show everyone that the Roanoke Region is home of responsible outdoor users.

Upcoming Certification Classes

  • City of Roanoke P&R Learn to SUP: May 25, June 2, June 25, and Aug. 16
  • Roanoke County P&R SUP Class: May 14, May 26, and June 8

Other Things You Need to Know

  • 3 week rule: All boats (SUPs included) must be out of other waters for at least three weeks prior to launching at Carvins. The reason is to avoid introducing the zebra mussel to the Cove. The Zebra mussel is an exotic pest that if introduced to Carvins Cove would clog water-intake systems, degrade aquatic environment, harm fish, and contribute to problems in production of drinking water.
  • There are no plans to rent SUPs at Carvins.
  • PFDs are required, as well as use of a SUP leash.
  • Your SUP Certification Badge must be visible while paddling.
  • Paddleboarders ages 12-16 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • The marina at Carvins Cove only accepts cash or check, no credit cards.
  • Swimming is never permitted.