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Buchanan, VA, United States
640 Lowe Street Buchanan, VA 24066
Web http://canoevirginia.net
Email: tro@canoevirginia.net
Phone: 540-261-7334

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Upper James River Clean Up Report


James River Association River Rat volunteer John Mays sent this report about a river cleanup on the Upper James.


Another 140 tires and a dump truck full of debris were collected from the Upper James River Water Trail this last week.  This was the 5th year the river clean up event has been conducted in Botetourt County.   The river cleanup efforts were coordinated by Twin River Outfitters out of Buchanan, VA with the logistical help of the Botetourt County Parks and Recreation & Solid Waste departments who help with properly disposing of the collected river trash.  This year the group collected 143 tires, several chairs, two tables, air conditioner, clothing items, and a basket ball with lots of holes in it.  The debris collected filled up a 30 yard dumpster and 1 small dump truck.


The clean up event was sponsored by Botetourt County Parks & Recreation Department, Botetourt Division of Solid Waste, Twin River Outfitters, the Clean Valley Council, and numerous private citizens who all share the goal of a tire free Upper James River.     This year's cleanup efforts were concentrated from Horseshoe Bend to Arcadia boat landings, and from the Iron Gate to the Craig Creek / Eagle Rock river access points.  The clean up was done on several days by Twin River Outfitters staff, with a group of about 14 volunteers concentrating on the section from Springwood to Buchanan Saturday Oct 5, 2013. 

A partial list of river cleanup volunteers included George Delvin, Adam Delvin, Walter Saundberg. Stephen Austin, Jacob Stump, Wayne Patterson, Jackie Stern, Milford Stern, Chris Adelinann, Tim McKee, Valentina Donnini, Zak Keith, Anastasia Donnini, Sharon Keith, James River High School Interact club, John Mays, Dan Mays, Michael Denton, Kevin Brookman, James Manuel, Dan Mays, John Mays, Mike Perdue, and Greg Perdue. 

The river cleanup efforts were started by Twin River Outfitters right as the Upper James River Water Trail initiative was being rolled out.  The outfitter's staff was tired of hearing the comment of "Hey that's a great river, but what's up with all those tires."   That motivated us to do something about it and with the help of many concerned volunteers and support of Botetourt County we are starting to make a difference.  With the 140 tires collected this year the cleanup efforts the group has now removed more than 800 tires from the Upper James River in Botetourt County significant visual difference as you float the river.

Thanks again to all those that helped keep our river looking great. Interested in helping out next year? We have already set next year's river clean up date for Saturday October 4, 2014. To volunteer, contact John and Dan Mays of Twin River Outfitters, 653 Lowe Street, Buchanan, Virginia, 24066. Email tro@canoevirginia.net or phone the office at 540-261-7334.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Upper James River Fishing Report - Blog Post #4

Welcome to the fourth of our seasonal blogs for fishing updates on our guided rivers in the Twin Rivers Fishing area.  Summer is on the “run” and early fall is already waiting in the wings.  Water levels are good, water temperatures have already started to move downward from the “bathtub” syndrome, and the weather has started to level off from many of the extreme downpours that we have seen this fishing season.  The sun position has already moved to a lower angle in the later part of the day – this is the first sign to a bass, especially a small mouth, that the season is about to change.  We should have already noticed that it is also getting dark at a much earlier time of the day, another  indicator for the wily small mouth.  The only real problem that we have is the slime that is showing up in many of our favorite fishing holes and areas.  This is, in my opinion, a problem that is principally brought on by mankind’s unwillingness to really address the nutrient overloading in the Upper James watershed.  Gathright Dam has started scheduled “pulses” of dam release or water purging, if you will, this season to help alleviate some of this algae that collects on the stream bed in the Jackson River and Upper James.   The leaves have also started to fall and are creating a few problems with getting crank baits and surface baits to stay in the strike zone for most of a retrieve. 


Caught by client on a jig & pig           
We had the good fortune to have a couple of guided fishing trips on the James during the past week and found the fishing to be quite good – our clients caught and released several good fish in the 2 to 3 pound size class and lost a couple of near citations (the big ones do always seem to get away).  Hard and soft minnow baits usually become fairly successful at this time of year with top-water, a small jig/pig, tubes, and creature baits rounding out the tackle box.  These small mouths will be getting ready to stock up on food for the upcoming winter months and the fall can not only provide for some real beauty on the river but can also provide for some good days of angling.  Keep this in mind:  the gradual lowering of air and water temperatures, the changes in daylight, and the lowering of the sun angle at dusk will cause you to find that your most productive fall fishing will generally, but not always, be in the last three hours of the day.  Take extra care of your fish, respect the river, and keep a tight line.  Contact John or Dan at Twin Rivers if you are interested in a personal guided fishing trip via canoe, kayaks, or raft @ canoevirginia.net/ or 540-261-7334.


Richard Furman

Twin Rivers Fishing Guide

Friday, July 26, 2013

Grand Opening of the Public River Access Point on the Cowpasture River at Sharon Park

Twin River Outfitters Fishing Blog Post #3

July 23,  2013

This will be the third of our seasonal blogs for fishing updates on our guided rivers in the Twin River Outfitters fishing area.  Water conditions are at unprecedented levels, flow, and color for this time of year.  Being it as it may, you can look at this as a good thing or a bad thing – I prefer to look at this as a semi-good thing.  Each time that the river rises and stains it is like refreshing your computer image on your screen, everything starts over and what happened previously is forgotten, hopefully by the fish.  Normally, we would be dealing with very low flow, almost gin clear waters, very high water temperatures, and the dreaded green slime that gets all over the bottom at mid summer.  Instead, we have almost spring like water levels and color except for the temperatures.  All of this creates new opportunities for the larger fish to come to the banks out of their normal deep and dark summer hiding places to search and gorge for food, especially crayfish.  Twin Rivers Outfitters recently had the good fortune to take outdoor writer, Bruce Ingram, on a guided fishing trip this past week and the river gave up quite a few smallmouths during the day.  The bite – artificial crawdads.  We caught the vast majority of our fish on some type of crawfish imitation whether it be a tube, jig and pig, or some brown variation of a crankbait.  The one thing that Bruce and I noticed was that the “new” normal flow and stain caused the fish to be sort of “checking” the bait.  In other words, they have seen so much food source this past summer that many of the fish would be dumping the plastic bait before you would normally get a good hook set – the crankbait was a good solution for this, once something grabs it you can figure that there is a hook holding onto something somewhere.  Sooner or later water levels will get to our usual flows and then we will find ourselves dealing with fish that want to stay in the deep holes getting ready for the impending fall bite, but those are conditions for a later blog.  In the meantime, keep a semi-tight line, treat your fish and the river carefully, and don’t be afraid to fish the stain.  Contact John or Dan at Twin River Outfitters if you are interested in a personal guided fishing trip via canoe, kayaks, or raft @ canoevirginia.net/ or 540-261-7334.

Richard Furman
Twin River Outfitters Fishing Guide

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

New Cowpasture River Access Point at Sharron Park Now Open

A new boat landing on the Cowpasture River is officially opening today July 17, 2013 at 4PM.  It is located at Sharron Park about 8 miles upstream of the James River Lick Run access point. 

This new boat landing opens up an scenic section of Cowpasture River with mostly moving water with a few easy straight forward rapids with great views of the surrounding mountains. Near Iron Gate, the Cowpasture meets the Jackson River to form the James River, which flows through neighboring Botetourt and Rockbridge counties on its way to the Chesapeake Bay.

The Cow pasture river is normally runnable in the Spring but can be runnable latter in the season depending on rain events.  The new boat landing was constructed adjacent to the Sharron Community park which features a picnic pavilion, parking lot, and a trail to the ramp access down to the river.

The park and boat landing owned and managed by the Alleghany County Parks & Recreation Department.   Check out this YouTube video to see clips of the access point and some river shots.


Friday, May 24, 2013

Sent: Friday, May 24, 2013 11:04 AM
Subject: Gathright Dam pulse release dates announced (UNCLASSIFIED)

COVINGTON, Va. - The Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, will deviate from Gathright Dam's existing water control plan in order to conduct six pulse releases from June through October 2013.

The pulses, conducted by the Norfolk District in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, will begin at approximately 6 a.m. and end at 2 p.m. and will increase levels 3 to 4.5 feet in the Jackson River. 

The agencies advise people who use the river to be aware of the river fluctuations caused by the pulses.

"The pulses will allow for a full season of monitoring data to be collected," said Owen Reece, Norfolk District hydraulic engineer. "The data will help to document the water quality and environmental benefits of an alternative water control plan."

The 2013 pulse dates are scheduled for the following Tuesdays:

June 25
July 23
Aug. 13
Sept. 3
Sept. 24
Oct. 15

The deviation from the water control plan will also slightly reduce river flow by 11 percent from the dam, resulting in a 1-inch drop in the Jackson River. 

The releases will not have negative effects on the water levels at Lake Moomaw; levels are expected to remain slightly above where they would have been under the existing water control plan. The water reserved in the lake from the reduced flow will be used for the pulse releases.

The pulse releases will be similar to test pulse releases previously conducted in August 2010, September 2011 and October 2012.  Those controlled releases, which were single events, tested whether the pulses effectively removed algae and improved water quality.

The 3,000 cubic-feet-per-second test pulse in August 2010 showed the pulse raised dissolved oxygen levels in the river, scoured excess oxygen-consuming algae and "slightly improved" aquatic habitat of the Jackson River downstream of Covington.

"We expect the proposed changes in flow, coupled with major pollutant reductions in the basin, to significantly improve water quality in the Jackson River," DEQ Director David K. Paylor said.

The temporary deviation is based on the preferred alternative in the Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact documents, which were prepared to assess the potential impacts of the Gathright Dam Low Flow Augmentation Project on the Jackson River.  The project and development of the preferred alternative were a cooperative effort between the Norfolk District and the Commonwealth of Virginia. 

The EA and FONSI are available at http://www.nao.usace.army.mil/About/Projects/GathrightMoomaw.aspx.


Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
Bill Hayden

Norfolk District Public Affairs
Kerry Solan

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

Monday, May 20, 2013

May 2013 Fishing Blog Post # 2

This is the second of our seasonal blogs for fishing updates on our guided rivers in the Twin Rivers fishing area.  Water temperatures are definitely where they need to be – in the mid 60s.  Fish are currently at their “happy” spot; the water temps and flow are ideal for smallmouths -- you should be able to encounter fish of any size just about anywhere in the streambed.  This past weekend a friend and I floated below Lynchburg and found that the smaller fish were feeding on just about anything, the males of larger size (14” to 16”) were near the banks, and that we had some larger fish that appeared to be spawned out females.  The key here is this:  these larger fish (16” to 19”) were feeding on bait --  larger minnows.  We found that crankbaits and soft plastics that imitated crippled baitfish were the ticket to our larger fish while tubes, grubs, and jig n’ pigs caught a good many of what we call the “male” guarders.  These females, once they have spawned out, will attempt to restock their energy sources by gorging on whatever fills their stomach the fastest.  As long as water temperatures, air temperatures, and flow levels stay close to the moderate levels that we have at this time fishing should be good for all people.  But (there is always an exception somewhere), once the next spawn comes around to its conclusion be prepared for the larger fish to make a nosedive for the bottom of some very deep and dark holes in preparation for the ensuing hot summer months and long periods of light.  For the time being once our air temps get this last bit of early spring out of the way the tiny torpedo should start working real well, especially early in the morning and right before dark.  Keep your fishing line fresh, retie your knot often (constant casting and playing heavier fish wear knots out very fast), and go fishing to your favorite spot . . . . . good luck and remember:  catch a few, handle them carefully, and release the nice ones – you may want to fish again tomorrow.  Contact John or Dan at Twin Rivers if you are interested in a personal guided fishing trip @ canoevirginia.net/ or 540-261-7334.


Richard Furman

Twin Rivers Fishing Guide


Monday, May 6, 2013

Region's natural beauty is a tourism resource for Botetourt County.

reporterWDBJ7  5:14 p.m. EDT, May 1, 2013
A lazy day on the river is better to many than a day at work.
And, it's this serentity Botetourt County has decided to capitalize on. .

"The Upper James River Water Trail started in Botetourt in about 2008. We officially opened up the trail in 2010," explains Richard Peters, Director of Parks, Recreation & Tourism for Botetourt County.

Nearly 3-years later that commitment is paying off.

The Gala public boat access is one of two sites Botetourt has opened in the last year and one of 8 in the county.

Explains Peters, "It provides access to the river for our local residents, but also for tourism and visitors that would come into Botetourt to fish and float."

Welcome to Eco-Tourism.
A growing movement across the country that has places looking at their existing, natural resources to draw in crowds.

Says Peters, "We're trying to expand that and grow that in hopes that visitors come to Botetourt and spend some money and boost our local economy, especially in the Northern section of the county where there's less opportunity for commercial development."

It's an idea that paying off for the county and its businesses.

"We've really seen some great results. We've had a lot of additional boaters. We have a local canoe livery that operates in Buchanan. Their business has grown 25% each of the last two-years," Peters explains.

And, at a cost of about 24-thousand dollars to prepare, it makes dollars and "cents" to the county.

"It's a fairly small capital investment, but it'll have huge benefits for us and huge impacts," Peters explains.
Ten-thousand dollars of Gala expense was covered by a grant. The remainer was picked up local businesses.
As for the Gala site, a kiosk will be soon added and Peters hopes to eventually have a concrete boat ramp constructed there.
See link below to watch news story:


Sunday, April 28, 2013

Alleghany Highlands Blueway Article


Alleghany Highlands Blueway (VA)

The Alleghany Highlands Blueway is comprised of two lakes and two scenic rivers that offer great paddling, fishing and boating opportunities.
• Jackson River
• Cowpasture River
• Lake Moomaw
• Douthat Lake 

Jackson River
The jewel of Virginia's Allegheny Mountains, the wild and scenic Jackson River enters the Alleghany Highlands from Gathright Dam on Lake Moomaw. Nearly 30 miles of the Jackson River wind through the Alleghany Highlands, with two small segments closed to the public due to private property and logging operations. The Jackson meets the Cowpasture River near the town of Iron Gate to form the headwaters of the James River, which flows all the way to the Chesapeake Bay. Several small streams that feed into the Jackson River, including Dunlap Creek and Potts Creek, also offer excellent fishing opportunities.

There are no campsites along the Jackson River.

Cowpasture River
Approximately 10 miles of the Cowpasture River flows through the eastern portion of the Alleghany Highlands. Paddling on the Cowpasture is mostly moving water with a few easy straight forward rapids with great views of the surrounding mountains. Near Iron Gate, the Cowpasture meets the Jackson River to form the James River, which flows through neighboring Botetourt and Rockbridge counties on its way to the Chesapeake Bay.

Camping is permitted on National Forest property along the Cowpasture River.

Douthat State Park
Not only is Douthat State Park one of Virginia's oldest state parks, it's one of its finest. The Outside Family Vacation Guide named Douthat State Park one of the nation's 10 best. Its contribution to the Alleghany Highlands Blueway is Douthat Lake, a 50-acre lake with swimming, boating and seasonal trout fishing.

Established camping areas are available at Douthat State Park.

Lake Moomaw
Lake Moomaw is the northern most portion of the Alleghany Highlands Blueway. The lake, which is shared by the Alleghany Highlands and the County of Bath, has 43 miles of undeveloped, wooded shoreline just perfect for exploring by canoe or kayak yet large enough for sailing and motorboats. Add in beautiful campsites and world-class fishing and you've got a perfect vacation.

Established camping areas are available at Lake Moomaw.

Click on link for:
The Alleghany Highlands is in the western part of the Commonwealth of Virginia along the border of West Virginia. The Alleghany Highlands is about a one hour drive from Roanoke and approximately three hours from Richmond, Washington, DC, and Charleston, WV.
Contact Info:
Alleghany Highlands of Virginia
110 Mall Road
Covington, VA 24426

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Upper James River Fishing Report April 14, 2013

Now that spring has finally rushed into reality, the smallies will be getting ready for their first spawn of the season. Once the current river levels settle down, the surface water temperatures will definitely be in the ‘50s and the “guard” fish will start working the shallows. Crawfish, lizard, and helgramite imitations will work for sure. Crank baits mimicking crawdads and small baitfish will also be great candidates for those times when the waters are a little stained or we have low light conditions. Keep in mind that because of the delay in spring getting here the fishing season is going to move quickly into spring fishing patterns, if our weather patterns hold true to history – but who knows, there is no crystal ball for fishing. You should keep a jig n’ pig, a tube bait, a single and/or double tailed grub, a good medium sized spinner bait, a couple of good crankbaits, a fluke of some kind, and at least one top water (torpedo or buzz bait) in your arsenal at this time and you should be good to go. This past week I caught several fish, some of decent size (15 to 18 inches), using tubes and jig n’ pigs. Because the water was still pretty full (Buchanan gauge @ 4.5’ or higher) the fish were definitely tight to the bottom in areas of low drag – meaning that they were in the current seams where they have to work less to “sit” there and wait or search for food. 
Good luck and keep a tight line . . . . . . . . . if, by chance, you or a friend are interested in a private guided fishing trip by raft, canoe, or kayak please contact John or Dan at Twin Rivers Outfitters @ canoevirginia.net/ or 540-261-7334.


Richard Furman
Twin Rivers Guide

Thursday, April 11, 2013

New Public Boat Landing Now Open in Botetourt County

Fincastle, VA – Residents and visitors to Botetourt County have several new opportunities to enjoy the outdoors as the Botetourt County Parks, Recreation & Tourism Department (PR&T) announces the opening of several free recreational amenities.

As part of the County’s development of the Upper James River Water Trail, the new Gala Public Boating Access, located just off Route 220 between Eagle Rock and Iron Gate, is now open for boaters and anglers. The County recently completed the construction of a hand-carry boat ramp and a parking area for over 20 vehicles and trailers with direct access to the James River via Sinking Creek for rafts, canoes, kayaks and john boats.

“The site is ideal and one that the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries had identified many years ago as a prime location for a boat launch,” stated Pete Peters, Director of Parks, Recreation and Tourism for Botetourt County. “By utilizing Sinking Creek and the existing railroad trestle, we are able to provide a safe passage to the James River and make another section of the river more accessible to recreational paddlers and fishermen.”

The Gala site became possible after the County signed separate lease agreements with Bonnie Anderson and Richard Thompson for 4 acres along Sinking Creek and with Jerry Fraley to utilize a gravel road off of Route 220 to access the property. Funding for the site was realized through contributions from local stakeholders and grants from the NiSource Charitable Foundation and the Alleghany Foundation.

The Gala site becomes Botetourt‘s second new public boating access on the James in the last twelve months, as the County opened the Alpine Public Boating Access, located off of Rocky Point Road and Gilmer’s Mill Road just north of Buchanan, in April of 2012. In total, the Upper James River Water Trail now offers eight public boating access points along the 45-miles of river located in Botetourt County. To learn more, including suggested itineraries and maps, information on canoe and kayak outfitters, visit www.upperjamesriverwatertrail.com.
 For more information, contact Parks, Recreation and Tourism Office at 540-473-8326 Click here to see full article:  http://botetourt.org/news_events/news_item_detail.php?press_release_ID=604

Friday, March 29, 2013

Subject: Town Hall Meeting to readdress issues brought forth in defeated SB
737: access to streams deemed "private property".  Your presence is requested at a second Town Hall Meeting to address the issue of streams declared "off limits" to boaters due to trespassing issues (prime example: John's Creek).

Town Hall Meeting:  Saturday, 4/27/13 from 7:30-9:00 pm
Where:  Niederer Auditorium in the Wetherill Visual Arts Center at Hollins University.

The address for the auditorium is:
Niederer Auditorium
Wetherill Visual Arts Center
Hollins University
7916 Williamson Road
Roanoke, VA 24020

The first Town Hall Meeting encouraged conversation leading to the submission of Senate Bill 737 in last year's Virginia legislative session.  The bill almost made it out of committee. There is hope for passage of a bill in next year's legislative session that will legalize boating on some of Virginia's streams that have been "off limits". Hope to see many faces at the Town Hall Meeting. Please pass this information along to anyone you think might be interested in attending.  

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Upper James River trips video highlights from 2012

See video link above from Twin River Outfitters that features a video highlights of our 2012 season.  Includes both video and still pictures from the Upper James, Maury, & Jackson Rivers.

For more information about Twin River Outfitters see:  http://canoevirginia.net or give them a call at 540-261-7334.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Paddling Bill SB 737 voted down for 2013

Keep the Conversation Alive!

For the first time in over a decade, a concerted and organized effort to create and submit a bill was made through the hard work of many individuals and organizations. The result of this hard work was SB 737 which was sponsored by Senator Chap Peteresen (Fairfax).
On February 5, 2013 SB 737 was voted down on a 18-21 vote. Here’s how the vote broke down:
  • YEAS–Alexander, Barker, Colgan, Ebbin, Edwards, Favola, Herring, Howell, Locke, Lucas, Marsden, McEachin, Miller, Northam, Petersen, Puller, Saslaw, and Watkins
  • NAYS–Blevins, Carrico, Deeds, Garrett, Hanger, Marsh, Martin, McDougle, McWaters, Newman, Norment, Obenshain, Puckett, Reeves, Ruff, Smith, Stanley, Stosch, Stuart, Vogel, and Wagner
  • Abstain–Black
SB 737′s failure in the 2013 General Assembly does not mean that paddling on Virginia streams is illegal. It does mean that the right to paddle is not yet clarified and established. Keep on boating, keep talking to other boaters about the issue, and continue to present our activity as the positive recreation it is to everyone in your community.
But we’re not done yet!  Those involved with this bill are committed to getting a bill passed that benefits paddlers, and we knew that this was not a one time try. We knew that the odds of passage were not great, but through the process we would learn what the opposition to the bill would be. And knowing these concerns we could then adjust the language of the bill to meet these concerns, spend time educating the legislators, and continue to build community support. And come 2014 we will submit a newer, stronger, bigger, better version of the bill.
For now, the best way to help is not to let the conversation die:
  • Join the Facebook Group Virginia Stream Navigation Bill
  • Find out how your Senator voted and later this spring schedule a meeting with them. If they supported it, get their thoughts on what we can do to improve the bill. If they opposed it, ask them what needs to be done to win their support.
  • Find more supporters: talk to your Chamber of Commerce, economic development, and tourism offices. Talk to outdoor stores, user groups, and clubs
  • Send a thank you note to Senator Chap Peteresen. He’s the one who sponsored this bill in the first place and he needs to know we’re not going anywhere.
  • Send a note to Delegate Greg Habeeb. He is a co-patron of the bill and says he will sponsor the bill in 2014. Between Peteresen and Habeeb we have a great chance at a joint bill next time around,.
  • Post ideas and suggestion on this site as well as the Facebook page

reposted by Twin River Outfitters, http://canoevirginia.net

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Several Virginia towns awarded grants to improve boating access

January 07, 2013 |   News Article from WDBJ7 Web Staff

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) —  The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries is giving grants to add 12 new boat access sites.   The grants total $440,900. They will help pay for constructing new access sites and improving existing sites.

Gov. Bob McDonnell announced the funding from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries on Monday.

Localities receiving grants are: Franklin, Lee and Warren counties, the cities of Covington, Emporia and Poquoson, and the towns of Clifton Forge, Glasgow, Port Royal, Pearisburg and Urbanna.

Several localities received more than one grant.

Here is a list of the grants:

Small Hand-Launch Category

Name of Project:                    Clifton Forge Site
Name of Locality:                   Town of Clifton Forge
Name of Water Served:          Jackson River
Description of Project:            Non-Powered Canoe/Kayak Launch
Grant award:                          $10,000

Name of Project:                   Covington Site
Name of Locality:                  City of Covington
Name of Water Served:          Jackson River
Description of Project:            Non-Powered Canoe/Kayak Launch
Grant Award:                        $10,000

Name of Project:                  Farmers Market Site
Name of Locality:                 City of Emporia
Name of Water Served:         Meherrin River
Description of Project:           Non-Powered Canoe/Kayak Launch
Grant Award:                       $10,000

Name of Project:                    Glasgow Site
Name of Locality:                   Town of Glasgow
Name of Water Served:          James River
Description of Project:            Non-Powered Canoe/Kayak Launch
Grant Award:                         $10,000

Name of Project:                    Lynch Memorial Park Site
Name of Locality:                   Franklin County
Name of Water Served:           Pigg River
Description of Project:            Non-Powered Canoe/Kayak Launch
Grant Award:                         $10,000

Name of Project:                    Port Royal Site
Name of Locality:                   Town of Port Royal
Name of Water Served:           Rappahannock River
Description of Project:             Non-Powered Canoe/Kayak Launch
Grant Award:                          $10,000

Name of Project:                   Snodgrass Ford Site
Name of Locality:                  Lee County
Name of Water Served:          Powell River
Description of Project:            Non-Powered Canoe/Kayak Launch
Grant Award:                         $10,000

Name of Project:                   Stoney Bottom Site
Name of Locality:                  Warren County
Name of Water Served:          Shenandoah River, South Fork
Description of Project:            Improvement of existing Non-Power Launch
Grant Award:                         $10,000

Name of Project:                    Swinging Bridge Site
Name of Locality:                   Lee County
Name of Water Served:          Powell River
Description of Project:            Non-Powered Canoe/Kayak Launch
Grant Award:                         $10,000

Name of Project:                   Waid Recreation Area Site
Name of Locality:                  Franklin County
Name of Water Served:          Pigg River
Description of Project:           Non-Powered Canoe/Kayak Launch
Grant Award:                        $10,000

Medium Powerboat Category 

Name of Project:                    Farms Riverview Site
Name of Locality:                   Warren County
Name of Water Served:           Shenandoah River
Description of Project:            Development of Concrete Boat Ramp & Parking
Grant Award:                         $50,000

Name of Project:                    Rens Road Site
Name of Locality:                   City of Poquoson
Name of Water Served:           Chesapeake Bay
Description of Project:             Complete Renovation of Boat Ramp and Courtesy Pier
Grant Award:                         $50,000

Large Powerboat Category
Name of Project:                    Bluff City Site           
Name of Locality:                   Town of Pearisburg
Name of Water Served:           New River
Description of Project:             Development of Concrete Ramp & 30 space Parking
Grant Award:                         $78,750

Name of Project:                    Town Ramp Site
Name of Locality:                   Town of Urbanna
Name of Water Served:           Rappahannock River
Description of Project:             Complete Demolition & Rebuild - Concrete Boat Ramp
Grant Award:                          $78,750

Name of Project:                    Whitt River-bend Site
Name of Locality:                   Town of Pearisburg
Name of Water Served:           New River
Description of Project:             Development of Concrete Ramp & 30 space parking
Grant Award:                          $83,400

Repost of article by WDBJ News Channel 7 1/7/2013: Weblink:  http://articles.wdbj7.com/2013-01-07/kayak-launch_36199475/3

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