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Posted on: May 11, 2017

Where Can You Find Paddle Recreation?

Paddle craft

Have you ever tried paddle sports? Paddle sports include canoeing, kayaking and stand-up paddle boards. James City County has lots of options for trying a paddle sport with some assistance and there are also multiple locations where paddle craft can be rented.

Paddle Craft Guided Trips and Lessons

Interested in a guided kayaking trip? Free guided kayaking trip of historic Powhatan Creek beside Jamestown Island are offered by the James River Association. View and learn about birds and wildlife native to the area. Kayaks provided, 16 person limit, for ages 16 and up. Select dates: June 5, July 10, Aug. 7, Sept. 11 and Oct. 23.

Paddle On of Williamsburg is a locally-owned mobile stand-up paddle board company offering rentals, lessons, classes and guided outings. There are numerous classes and lesson offered in addition to guided outings. If you’ve never paddle boarded, but are interested in trying, two hour lessons are offered to help maximize your enjoyment of the sport. For more information, visit their website.

York River State Park offers a variety of ranger-guided tours including canoe trips on Taskinas Creek, kayak trips on the York River, moonlight canoes and sunset paddles. Moonlight canoes are offered once a month. For their complete schedule, please visit the York River State Park website.

Places to Rent Paddle Craft

Canoe and kayak rentals are available (single and tandem kayaks), but all rentals must be returned 90 minutes before the park store closes at 5 p.m.

The boat ramp is available for launch 24 hours a day.

Call 757-258-5020 for reservations.

Canoe and kayak rentals are available (single and tandem kayaks.) All boats must be off the water 30 minutes before sunset.

Hours for April-Oct.:  

Monday-Friday: 7 a.m.-sunset

Saturday and Sunday: 6 a.m.-sunset

Canoe, kayak and stand-up paddle boards are available (single and tandem kayaks).


Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Friday-Sunday: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Paddle craft rentals are available from 12 to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and noon to 5:30 p.m. weekends and holidays from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day. Please note there is also a parking fee for Jamestown Beach Event Park. Jamestown Beach Event Park is open daily from 8 a.m. until sunset.

York River State Park has a variety of options for paddle sports. Rentals are available seasonally from April 1 through Oct. 31. Croaker There are numerous options for launch including the York River, Woodstock Pond and Taskinas Creek. The park is open from 8 a.m. until dusk with some special events operating outside of regular hours.

Launch Only

The facility has a launch that is available from sunrise to sunset.

The facility has a launch that is available from sunrise to sunset.

The facility consists of a small non-motorized boat/canoe/kayak launch and is available 24 hours a day.


The County offers monthly and annual paddle craft storage at numerous locations for a nominal fee including Chickahominy Riverfront Park, Jamestown Beach Event Park, James City County Marina and Little Creek Reservoir Park.

Curious about fishing, boating and hiking in the County? Visit our Outdoors page.

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