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Rivanna River Public Landings Float Map (PDF)

Darden Towe Park to Riverview Park

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Distance: 2.0 miles
Skill Level: Novice

Darden Towe Park off of Route 20 in Charlottesville has a fair canoe launch that consists of a sandy bank. The take-out at Riverview Park on Chesapeake Street in Charlottesville is relatively poor and consists of a mud bank. Parking is good, but Park regulations prohibit overnight parking at both locations. This is a relatively short canoe trip that is fairly scenic, but provides no rapids and can be negotiated by canoeists and kayakers of all skill levels.

Riverview Park to Milton

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Distance: 3.9 miles
Skill Level: Intermediate

Put-in at Riverview Park and take-out off of Randolph's Mill Road near Milton are both poor and consists of a mud banks. Parking is good at both locations, but is prohibited overnight at Riverview Park. This is a very scenic section of the river that has several Class II and III rapids.

Milton to Crofton

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Distance: 10 miles.
Skill Level: Novice

The put-in near Randolph's Mill Road at Milton is relatively poor and consists of a mud bank. The take-out, however, is a well-designed concrete boat landing provided by the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries. Parking is good at both locations and is not prohibited overnight. This is a very long, but easy float that can be handled by novices. There is only one Class I-II set of rapids. If done in a single day, this float does not allow for much fishing time.

Crofton to Palmyra

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Distance: 6.5 miles.
Skill Level: Novice

Both the put-in (Route 600 crossing at Crofton) and take-out (Route 15 crossing near Palmyra) are well designed concrete or gravel boat landings owned and maintained by the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries. Parking is good at both facilities. This is a very scenic section of the River that has only one Class I-II rapid, and so is easily navigable by novices. The distance makes for a nice day of relaxed paddling and fishing.

Palmyra to Columbia

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Distance: 16 miles
Skill Level: Intermediate

Once again, both the put-in at Palmyra (Route 15 crossing) and the take-out at Columbia on the James River (off Columbia Road, aka Rt. 690, near the Town of Columbia) consist of excellent gravel or concrete boat landings owned by the Department of Games & Inland Fisheries. Once again, the scenery makes for an enjoyable day. This float is spiced up with several Class I-II rapids and one Class II-III drop, so be sure to have someone of an intermediate skill level along. This is the longest float and care should be taken to avoid getting stuck on the water after dark.