Monday, May 22, 2017

Seeking volunteers for reservoir/river cleanup on June 3

"My name is Kristin Bartschi and I'm a volunteer with The Nature Conservancy. TNC is partnering with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to hold a Clean the Bay Day in the Charlottesville area on Saturday, June 3rdI'm reaching out to you to see if CVille Paddlers would be interested in volunteering for this event. (The Reservoir cleanup site is kayak/canoe friendly!) An event description and link to register is below. 

Clean the Bay Day, Saturday, June 3: Chesapeake Bay Foundation

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation and its partners throughout the Commonwealth invite you to help save the Bay by picking up shoreline, waterway, and watershed litter during the 29th Annual Clean the Bay Day on June 3, 2017. Join thousands of fellow Virginians in removing unhealthy debris from cherished waterways throughout the Commonwealth. By boat or on foot, gather your family, friends, neighbours, groups, and co-workers for a fun day and a worthwhile way to help Save the Bay.

Find a location and register to help here.

Nature Conservancy sponsored locations:
o   Charlottesville and Rivanna River Watershed
§  Meadow Creek - 10 volunteers needed
§  Riverview Park to Free Bridge - 10 volunteers needed
§  Pollocks Branch at Elliot Ave - 25 volunteers needed
§  Reservoir (kayak/canoes welcome) - 5 volunteers needed

Any help you can give to spread the word about this volunteer event is appreciated! 
All the best,

Send an email to volunteer {at] cvillepaddlers-dot-com if you would like to help and if there are enough people I'll sign us up.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Race 2017 Results & Recap

A HUGE thank you to all who came out to support the 2017 race last Saturday, May 13.

The official results have been finalized and published on the website at:
or simply review them below.

Race video:

If you have photos or videos you'd like to share, please contact us.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Rivanna River Race update

Update: 7:48pm Friday...The race section was paddled after work and it is clear of obstacles! Flow and level is normal for this time of year and there are still a few rocks that can be bumped.  Just a couple things to note that will be covered at the safety briefing at the starting line. River is at a good level, the water is clear, and we'll have a great morning on the river tomorrow!  Come on out!!

As of now the race is still a "go" for Saturday.  The river level is near perfect!

The Race Coordinator is monitoring the weather closely and will make an announcement here if anything changes.

Rain is in the forecast but unless there is lightning at race time or the river rises to remarkably high levels, we will run this race in the rain.

Please note, Rivanna River Company is providing a free shuttle BEFORE the race from Darden Towe Park back to the starting line, so get there early enough to drop your boat and gear at the starting line and take your car to Darden Towe Park and catch a shuttle back.

Alternatively, we always have volunteers who will drive you back to the starting line to get your car after the race.

Friday 5/17 update, 9:20am. ~~Still a "go"~~
Word from the Race Coordinator:
"We'll go rain or shine with two, 'No Go' reasons:

1. If there are thunder storms close by with lightning

2  If the river is above 2-3 ft above normal spring flow.  Right now, it looks OK."

River level, 9:20am Friday, May 12, Palmyra. 712cfs-A great level!

The race route

Thursday, March 16, 2017

The 12th Annual River River Races, May 13, 2017

Merrill Bishop and Charlottesville Area Paddlers present the 12th Annual Rivanna River Regatta Canoe and Kayak Races, Saturday, May 13 on the Rivanna River in Charlottesville, VA.

The 6.2-mile downriver race will continue in its tradition of determining and recognizing the area's fastest paddlers.

Racers should assemble under the Rt. 29 bridge at Rio Mills Rd.(just north of Sam's Club & Brown Automotive) beginning at 8:30am and be prepared to start the first heat at 10am. There will be a mandatory safety meeting at 9:15am. The finish line will be the Darden Towe Park boat ramp and the fastest racers could cross the finish line by 10:45-10:55am, depending upon the water level on race day.

Medals awarded to top paddlers in several canoe and kayak categories.

$20 per paddler, max $40 per craft to cover insurance & logistics.*  All kayakers and canoers welcome. Race course includes Class II—II+ rapids. Paddle at your own risk. (Signed waiver forms required.) It is highly recommended you paddle this section of river prior to race day to familiarize yourself with it.

Bring your canoe or kayak and join in the fun or just come out for a picnic and enjoy meeting local paddlers and watching the races.

For more information contact:

Merrill Bishop, Race Coordinator
Tel: 434-975-3072
Email: rambishop1 (at}


Dave Dolak, Communications Coordinator
Tel: 434-975-6584
Email: dave {at]

== Additional resources: ==

Q&A Article/Interview "Racing Down The Rivanna" with one-time reprint rights available:

Results and photos from prior years:

Rivanna River Co. can supply rental boats at the race put-in. These will need to be pre-arranged by emailing or calling us with the desired craft type and number. Options are solo kayak, tandem kayak, and canoe. We will discount our usual rental rates to $25 for a solo kayak and $33 for a tandem kayak or canoe. Email or call (434) 218-2052.

We will also provide complimentary shuttle rides for all racers who want to park at Darden Towe before the race so come early and drop your boat at the starting line and then head to Darden Towe.

* Fee information updated 3/23/17