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Upper James River, from Buchanan to Alpine

A return to the Upper James River with Bruce and Pam Ballentine, paddling from Buchanan to Alpine. "We will eat lunch around noon at Ranson’s Drug Fountain in downtown Buchanan and be on the river by say 1:30 pm or so," says Bruce. Buchanan is about 1.5 hours from Nellysford [map]. (You can also take the Blue Ridge Parkway for most of your trip, Google says it will take an additional 30 minutes.)

The itinerary:

  • 11:30 am Meet for lunch at Ranson’s Drug Fountain in Buchanan, 19771 Main St.,
  • 12:15 pm Twin River Outfitters to sign in, short safety course.  653 Lowe St, Buchanan, VA  (540) 261-7334.
  • 1 pm On the river.
  • 4 pm Pick up by Twin River and return to their shop.
  • 4:30 pm On the way home.

Questions? Email

Check the water levels on the Upper James HERE.

If you don't have a boat or not using the club equipment, make a reservation for kayak or canoe with Twin Rivers Outfitters. (Say you’re with the Wintergreen Sporting Club.)

More information on the Upper James, including where to rent boats and maps, can be found at

The starting and ending times listed in the WSC calendar on boating events are rough estimates.
 Plans are subject to change as dictated by weather and water levels. Check your email for announced specifics on where we’ll meeting, etc., or email to confirm specifics.

For most WSC outings you should figure on bringing a picnic lunch. Depending on what time of day we’re off the water we often gather for a social hour and group dinner at a nearby restaurant.

Final details are typically emailed about a week prior to each outing. Our outings are scheduled for weekdays in order to avoid crowds, especially during July-August.

The club owns two sit-inside kayaks, a sit-on-top kayak, and a two-person canoe along with paddles and floatation vests. WSC members are welcome to borrow boats from the club for our scheduled outings, or whenever they’re needed. (Rockfish Gap Outfitters on the east side of Waynesboro also rents kayaks.) Email us at

WSC has a six-boat trailer. On club outings we’re glad to transport members' boats along with our own. And members are welcome to borrow the club's trailer. You'll need a vehicle with a hitch and electric hookup for the brake lights.

In addition to these scheduled trips, impromptu paddles can be announced from time to time whenever we (or you) get the “itch” to be out on the water. Members are invited to contact the group leaders to use our email network to put together an event themselves.

Earlier Event: June 6
Practice & coaching at Rodes Farm
Later Event: June 11
Field Archery Trail open