Category: Kayak Trips

Kayak Trips In Virginia

Ideas on where to kayak and fish in Virginia rivers, bays and lakes.

TRIP - Piankatank River And Harper Creek Kayaking

TRIP – Piankatank River And Harper Creek Kayaking

I saw some new signs go up at the intersection of Route 33 and Route 17 this spring for a public boat landing. The arrows pointed into Mathews County which means it was probably on the Piankatank River. I couldn’t find much information online and so I was curious. Since the stinging nettles are out thicker than I’ve seen them in years...

TRIP - Urbanna Creek / Rappahannock River

TRIP – Urbanna Creek / Rappahannock River

One of my favorite places in Virginia – Urbanna! I have had a boat here for most of my life and always enjoy sailing, swimming or paddling in “the creek”. Urbanna Creek leads down from Saluda into town and out to the Rappahannock River about 8 miles up from the Chesapeake Bay. This area is of course tidal salt water, but the...

FeelFree Aventura V2 14' Kayak Review

FeelFree Aventura V2 14′ Kayak Review

I’ve been so busy building a kayak trailer and getting the boats customized for the season, that I haven’t really done an in-depth review – or even taken a long paddle in my new Aventura 14. The FeelFree Aventura is a lively 14′ sea kayak designed to take paddlers to the next level. Most people who live in Richmond Virginia like I...

Kayak Trip: Mill Creek Boat Landing Rappahannock River

Kayak Trip: Mill Creek Boat Landing Rappahannock River

Two-Hour Paddle Around Parrott Island at the mouth of Mill Creek on the Rappahannock River Wake VA on the Rappahannock River has the only public beach in Middlesex County. There is a boat landing just a bit upriver from the beach, but I had heard it was silted in and unusable. The ramp is on Mill Creek, so I decided to take...

The Perfect Summer Day!

The Perfect Summer Day!

We have had a lot of cool and rainy days this spring, but it is finally starting to feel like summer here on the last week of June. Every “River Rat” needs a T-Shirt!

Social Distancing By Kayak

Social Distancing By Kayak

The current pandemic has allowed for endless time to spend in the plastic boat! There is always something new to see and experience in a kayak – even if you paddle the same rivers and creeks every time. The weather is always different, the wildlife, the tides, etc. I have stayed in the Urbanna area along the various creeks feeding the lower...

First Paddle Of Spring!  Urbanna Creek

First Paddle Of Spring! Urbanna Creek

Urbanna Creek is located in Middlesex County VA. The town of Saluda is on the south side and the town of Urbanna is on the North with a bridge connecting the two towns. I practiced social distancing on this beautiful spring day with a temperature of 80 degrees. Unfortunately, the wind kept building until the creek turned from a lake into a...

TRIP – Haven Beach / Chesapeake Bay

TRIP – Haven Beach / Chesapeake Bay

This public beach in Mathews County Virginia is a great place to go for a “big water” paddle in the Chesapeake Bay. In recent years, the road has been paved, and a parking area has been added with a comfort station. There is plenty of room for cars now – even on a gorgeous day like today! Here’s a tip: Save the...

TRIP - Mattaponi River / York River

TRIP – Mattaponi River / York River

The little town of West Point sits in the “V” where the Mattaponi and Pamunkey Rivers join to form the York River. The water is brackish here, and becomes tidal salt-water in the York. This public boat landing has a very large parking area – both for cars/trucks with trailers – and without. Parking should not be a problem on weekends and...

TRIP - Chickohominy Lake - Eagles Landing

TRIP – Chickohominy Lake – Eagles Landing

My good friend – and expert fishing guide – Art Conway suggested that I try Eagles Landing on Chickohominy Lake for the maiden voyage of my newest kayak. He wasn’t wrong! The lake is a short 20 minute drive from Richmond, just below Providence Forge on Route 60. The lake is also near Lenexa and is a short drive from Williamsburg. Eagles...

Kayaking In Virginia

Kayaking In Virginia

I have lived in Virginia and boated all over the state. We have some of the most scenic waterways right here in our own back yard as I’ve seen traveling around America. I’m mainly a saltwater sailor, but about 10 years ago, I tried the kayak – and I was hooked. I thought going by wind power was slow! It is the...