James River Runners Gear Up For Big Season

By: Jaclyn Piermarini Email
By: Jaclyn Piermarini Email

May 26, 2014

Last year was one of the worst years on record for local river rental companies. Consistently high river levels last year meant river rental companies had a tough year. But this year it looks like their luck has turned....

Memorial Day was a lazy day on the river for a lot of folks. With the weekend marking the unofficial start to summer, James River Runners owner Paige Wilkes is starting to see business really pick up.

"The season so far has been really pretty good. The weather is now cooperating and we have a lot of people out on the water. Memorial Day weekend is usually the beginning of our season and some things start to pick up."

But last year, they weren't so lucky. James River Runners consider three factors before they allow tubers, rafters, canoers and kayakers hit the water.

They look at river depth, air temperature, and water temperature.

Last year river depth ruled out a lot of the big float days for the local company. This year a couple of big early season storms had them concerned.

But Wilkes says now it looks like the weather is cooperating and river levels are almost perfect.

Kayakers and canoers are already allowed out, and it looks like tubers can hit the water in the next week or so.

So whether you want to spend these beautiful days soaking up the sun on the river in a tube, a kayak, raft or canoe, it looks like it’s time to hit the water.

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