Half Shuttle Whitewater Tubing Adventures
The James River is not a "lazy river". It works hard to give you an adventure you can't have in any other city in the U.S.
You'll have a bit of time to relax before you go through some class I and class II whitewater rapids. You'll need to use your arms (or a rented paddle) to get you to where you need to go and avoid some of the rocks. But don't worry, while not a "lazy river", it is a drop/pool river -- meaning you'll go through a rapid, some flat water, another rapid, then some more flatwater. You'll have time to set yourself up and chill after the thrill.
Sounds fun, right? Read further for more information as these trips work a little differently than our other adventures.
A minimum of two people is required for the Half Shuttle Tubing Adventure. Participants in the half shuttle tubing adventure must provide their own vehicle to shuttle the group back from the river at the end of their adventure and then return the tubes to River City Adventures at 711 Hospital Street, Suite 2A. (Your vehicle is not staged prior to arriving at the shop location, you just need to have a vehicle to bring you back after the trip). This is not a guided trip. All participants must have shoes on their feet that will not come off in order to protect your feet from glass in the river and the walk that you will be making to the river. Participants must be 12 years old or older and a minimum of 50 lbs. to go on this adventure. All tubes must be returned by 6 p.m. to avoid an additional charge of $25 per tube. We will provide transportation, personal flotation devices (PFDs), whitewater tubes (inflatable tubes with handles and cup holders), and cooler tubes (at an extra cost).
We only do one tubing trip per day. ALL trips meet at 10:15 a.m. at 711 Hospital Street, Suite 2A. At 10:30 a.m. a trip talk will be given to the group to review safety precautions and how to get down the river safely. After the safety trip talk you will follow the shuttle bus to Reedy Creek (the take-out / finish the trip) and you will park your vehicle there. Staff will then walk the group to the point on the river where you will be getting out to ensure that all guests know exactly where to get off the river. Then you will get into the shuttle bus and be taken to 1 of 2 places to put on the river, depending on which trip you have chosen (See trip options below).
**From the time you arrive at our shop location to the time you see the water, it will be a minimum of 1 hour for the short trip and a minimum of an hour and a half before you are on the water, in your tube and enjoying the trip.
Short-short Trip -- Depending on the water level, this trip can last anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour and half.
Short-long Trip -- Depending on water level, this can trip can last anywhere from 1 to 2 hours
For either one of the above options, we drop guests off at the 42nd Street parking lot and you will have a short walk with your tubes to the water. The walk will typically last 5-15 minutes depending on where you put in at. At the end of the trip you have the option of going back up the trail to the place you put on the river and doing the trip again (as many times as you would like). The walk back to the beginning is approximately 15-20 minutes.
Long Trip -- Depending on the water level this trip will take 4-6 hours. Depending on the water level this trip will either begin at Pony Pasture or the Wetlands. If you put in at the Wetlands you may have a 5 to 10 minute walk to the river with your tube and/or coolers.
Once the trip is over you can unplug the air valve and allow all the air to deflate from the tube. You will then be responsible for returning the tubes to our shop location.
$30 per person for half shuttle tubing trips Monday through Sunday
Cooler Tubes have a rental fee of $5.00 each (black tube that goes around your cooler. We DO NOT have coolers to rent)
Kayak paddles may be rented for an additional $5 (limited availability)
Please note: NO Styrofoam coolers. Plastic coolers no longer than 24 inches are recommended.
NO GLASS or ALCOHOL! Glass and Alcohol are PROHIBITED in the James River Park System.
NO TUBING TRIPS ARE TAKEN IF THE WESTHAM GAUGE IS ABOVE 5.00 FEET. PLEASE REFER TO OUR HOME PAGE FOR RIVER AND WEATHER CONDITIONS.
For all River City Adventures, Signed Waivers are required for each person in your group - originals only, no copies!
Waivers are available for download and printing on the Contact Us Page.
*Booking online is not available within 2 days of the reservation date. Please call for availability if booking within that time frame.