KAYAKS 

Roanoke Mountain Adventures has single and tandem kayaks available for rent. The Roanoke River -- just voted the best urban kayaking river in the country! -- runs along our shop, making it easy to get out for a ½ day float. This lively but relaxing stretch of river has lots of class I rapids with some class II depending upon water levels. It can be suited to beginners but basic paddling maneuvers are necessary to navigate down the river. There are various river features and hazards along the way. While it runs through a populated area, the Roanoke River is tree-lined and features frequent wildlife sighting opportunities (blue herons, bald eagles, turtle, deer, fish, etc.).

 

Our shuttled outing allows you to paddle a 6 mile stretch from Rotary Park in Salem back to the Wasena neighborhood, typically giving boaters 2 – 3 hours on the water. Please note that float time is highly dependent upon water conditions and the decisionmaking of participants. Advanced reservations are required.

KAYAK OUTINGS

Ready to paddle the Roanoke River? Reserve a spot on a shuttle and we will transport your group, boats and gear upstream to Rotary Park in Salem. From there, you will enjoy a great float right back to Roanoke's historic Wasena neighborhood. Rental prices are per person and include Kayak, Paddle, and Personal Flotation Device (PFD) along with transportation to the put-in.

 

Please note this is not a guided outing and there is no support available between drop-off and take-out. You are responsible for yourself on the river. It is strongly advised that each group carry at least one cell phone in a waterproof bag. Contact the shop before booking if you are not sure whether this is an appropriate outing for your group. Please arrive 15-30 minutes before your scheduled departure!

Single Kayak
 

Tandem Kayak
$48 per person


$68 per person

GEAR-ONLY RENTALS

You may choose to take rented equipment to another body of water if you are able to safely transport it on your own. Please note that it is not possible to paddle the area of the river adjacent to our shop without transporting the boat. If you choose the gear-only rental option, you will need a suitable vehicle and tie-down straps. (RMA does sell NRS straps if you need rigging.) RMA is not responsible for and cannot directly assist with loading/securing kayaks. 

Please contact the shop to arrange such a booking.

KAYAK & SHUTTLE GUIDELINES

  • This is not a guided trip and participants are responsible for themselves and the safety of their group on the water. Designate a group leader.

  • Participants must be able to swim.

  • The minimum age we will shuttle and put on the river is 12 for a tandem kayak and 14 for a single kayak.

  • Personal Flotation Devices are required for this outing and should be worn while on the river. Anyone under 13 must wear a PFD at all times per State and Federal Law.

  • This stretch of river has lots of class I rapids with some class II depending upon water levels. It can be suited to beginners but basic paddling maneuvers are necessary to navigate down the river. There are various river features and hazards along the way.

  • Previous kayaking or canoeing experience is generally required. We reserve the right to deny service to any individual or group that is not adequately prepared, at the sole discretion of our staff.

  • Avoid obstacles. Portage around if needed. Never try to paddle through or over a downed tree or debris in the river.

  • Road access to the river is very limited.

  • Wear water shoes or tennis shoes to protect your feet on the river. Flip-flops are not recommended and bare feet are not allowed.

  • Participants should take a cell phone for contact if any help is required. GPS/Maps on your phone is often the best way to determine your location while on the river. We provide dry bags as well as 1 dry box for groups to keep their phone in.

  • We suggest wearing synthetic clothing. It dries quickly whereas cotton gets wet and stays wet. Dress accordingly for the season and weather forecast. Extra layers to put in a dry bag are a good idea in Spring and Fall.

  • Bring adequate food and water.

  • Know what your take out point looks like before starting your float.

  • GPS/Maps on your phone is often the best way to determine your location.

  • Paddling and alcohol do not mix.

  • We recommend not floating when combined water and air temperature is less than 110 degrees or water temp is less than 50 degrees.

  • Participants are responsible for any lost or damaged RMA gear.

  • In case of emergency call 911 and RMA (540-525-8295)