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Pick a River: Shenandoah or Upper James?

We will paddle either the South Fork of the Shenandoah River or perhaps the Upper James River, – the choice will depend on our members' preferences and the water levels at the time.

Both rivers have class 1.0 to 2.0 whitewater (stimulating but not particularly difficult) and both consist of an 8 to 10 mile downriver paddle. (About a mile before the take-out there is a field of class 2.0+ roller coaster whitewater on the Shenandoah which is exciting and demands that you keep your boat pointed downriver!) Rentals and livery services are available at either Twin River Outfitters in Buchanan or Shenandoah River Outfitters in Luray.

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.

Later Event: August 13
Field Archery Trail open