Need a Guide or Gear?


Plan your river adventure with these outfitters:


arcadia-adventuresArcadia Adventures, LLC
130 Arcadia Road, Buchanan, VA 24066
(540) 817-4624 | ArcadiaAdventures@gmail.com

Arcadia Adventures is a family owned and operated full service kayak livery and shuttle service. Located just ½ mile from river access in Arcadia offering trips starting at ages 6 and up and from beginners to experts. They offer a fishing guide service, as well as package rentals and stays through their own private lodging location the Wattsull Inn. Group rates available.

TROTwin River Outfitters
653 Lowe Street, Buchanan, VA 24066
(540) 261-7334 | canoevirginia.net

Twin River Outfitters is a paddle sports business that rents canoes, kayaks, rafts, and river tubes. They run trips on the Upper James, Cowpasture, Jackson, and the Maury Rivers. TRO has been safely running river trips since 1978, and offers its customers fun trips that range from lazy river to whitewater paddling experiences with true mountain views. They offer a variety of single day and multi-day river based camping trips.

Wilderness Canoe CompanyWilderness Canoe Company
631 James River Road, Natural Bridge Station, VA 24579
(540) 291-2295 | wildernesscanoecompany.com

Established in 1994 to provide a true wilderness experience for the adventure seeking visitors to the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. Located only 5 miles from the Natural Bridge and numerous hiking trails in the James River Face Wilderness Area. They provide canoe, kayak and tube trips on one of the most scenic and remote sections of the Upper James River. They also have primitive campsites right on the river. Each site is private and has its own river access.


Schedule your fishing adventure with these guides:


Blane Chocklett Fishing
(540) 354-1774 | bchocklett@comcast.net

Blane ChocklettBlane Chocklett began fly fishing in 1985 on a small mountain stream not far from his home in Blue Ridge, Virginia. Eight years later, he started his own freelance guide service. In 1996, Blane opened Blue Ridge Fly Fishers, a full-service fly shop located in Roanoke, Virginia. Through the years, Blane has supported the sport of fly fishing by serving as a member of the American Fly Tackle Trade Association’s (AFTA) Dealer Advisory Board and by consulting with several fly fishing pro staffs. Blane has been featured in many outdoor books and magazine articles over the years.

About a decade ago, he returned to his river roots as owner/operator of the New Angle Fishing Company, specializing in float trips targeting the regions predatory fish from Musky to stripers and smallmouth bass. One the most enthusiastic and cutting-edge fly tiers in our sport, many of Blane’s inventive fly patterns are produced through UMPQUA Feather Merchants. He has served on the board of the American Fly Tackle Trade Association (AFFTA) and has worked as a consultant to several fly fishing companies.

Dead Drift OutfittersDead Drift Outfitters
(540) 521-9214 | deaddriftva.com

Not only is Dead Drift Outfitters a paradise for any fisherman/fisherwoman, but it’s also great for anyone wanting to explore the surrounding waterways. Dead Drift Outfitters offers guided trips to a variety of waters. Their guides will put you on fish, whether you desire to wade or float.

Dead Drift Outfitters offer wade trips to local stocked and wild trout waters, trophy trout waters (contact for special pricing and locations), as well as float trips on the good ol’ James and Maury Rivers. If you’re not sure where to start on the whole fly fishing thing, they offer basics lessons as well. Want to learn how to tie some tried and true Appalachian flies? They’ve got you covered.

Looking for a place to stay? Dead Drift Outfitters also has a beautiful cabin and river house availability on some of our trophy trout streams. Send them a note to schedule your next outing! And, check out their online store for sweet gear, materials, and apparel.

John Roberts Fly FishingJohn Roberts Fly Fishing
(540) 463-3235 | (800) 882-1145 | guide@vatrout.com

Offering outstanding fly fishing Half or All Day Trips for beginner to expert levels. Our Introduction to Fly Fishing trip Half Day Trips are at a mountain trout pond setting and are guaranteed stress free, fun and educational by your instructor John who has 60 years of fishing experience in the local Blue Ribbon trout waters. Equipment provided, lunch provided on our all day trips. Wader rental and lodging available. Group/corporate outings. Open all year by appointment. Gift certificates available! Please call 1-800-882-1145 for rates. Licensed & insured.

Rock On ChartersRock-On Charters
Owner: Captain Ken Trail
(844) FISHNVA | rockoncharters.net

Team Rock-On fishes the James River from the head waters in Iron Gate, to Lynchburg. We are full service fishing guide, offering smallmouth and musky float and jet boat trips. We are a dedicated team of outdoorsman who thrives on sharing our knowledge, our passion, and our commitment to conservation. Come experience the James River with the most knowledgeable guides in the region!

South Valley Anglers logoSouth Valley Anglers
Captain Josh Laferty
(540) 613-0850 | muskyguides@gmail.com

Captain Josh Laferty of South Valley AnglersCaptain Josh Laferty and South Valley Anglers offer a unique, professional fly fishing experience to anglers of all skill levels.



Find quality outdoor gear at these local retailers:


Bobs Up The Creek Outfitters logoBob’s Up The Creek Outfitters
150 Walker Street, Lexington, VA 24450
(540) 784-9989 | christina@bobsupthecreekoutfitters.com

Bobs Up the Creek Store InteriorOur family owned and operated kayak angler retail store offers you the best brands in quality, affordable kayaking and fishing gear. We carry a full line of recreational and angler style kayaks all year long. We also have a large selection of paddle sport accessories, fishing rods, baits, coolers and more!

H & H OutdoorsH&H Outdoors
17518 Main Street, Buchanan, VA 24066
(540) 254-2420 | handhoutdoors@gmail.com

H & H Outdoors provides shuttle service for the Upper James River Water Trail or for Appalachian Trail hikers. They sell camping, hunting, and fishing supplies including live bait, tackle, and fishing licenses and camping gear. Also available dog supplies, firearms & ammo, small propane bottles for camping.

Outdoor TrailsOutdoor Trails
Botetourt Commons, 28 Kingston Drive, Daleville, VA 24083
(540) 992-5850 | www.outdoortrails.com

Outdoor Trails is a locally owned and operated outdoor gear and clothing specialist. Outdoor Trails has the knowledge and the passion to help you with all of your outdoor equipment and clothing needs. Whether you are planning a six-month thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, a day hike in the National Forest, or an overnight canoe trip on the James River, Outdoor Trails has everything you need.

Walkabout OutfitterWalkabout Outfitter
15 West Washington Street, Lexington, VA 24450
(540) 464-4453 | Lexington@walkaboutoutfitter.com