RiverPalooza–Shenandoah River Fishing Float


Do you want to experience amazing topwater fishing action? This time of year coupled with this 7.5-mile stretch of water and you’ll find yourself in the eye of the storm when it comes to perfect topwater smallmouth bass conditions. Just the most enjoyable piece of water around, with stunning mountain scenery, a nice mix of gentle, contemplative pools sprinkled with just enough medium-sized (Class II max) rapids and minor riffles to make for a very fun day of fishing. Don’t forget to paddle occasionally so you save room to properly fish Sudden Ledge and Old Mill Race.

Every participant gets a handmade buzzbait by your Shenandoah Riverkeeper Mark Frondorf. Not familiar with a buzzbait? Good! You’re in for a treat! Just remember that buzzbaits warrant the same respect as the first rule of the Fight Club – which is you do not talk about the Fight Club – or in this case you do not talk about the buzzbait. It’s not for the faint of the heart so buckle your chinstrap. Grass beds, current seams, and ledges will do the trick.

Please keep in mind that anyone fishing over 16 years of age will need a VA fishing license. Trip will be held rain or shine as long as the river conditions permit safe paddling. Come join this part of the Potomac Riverkeeper Network’s RiverPalooza 2017, a four month celebration of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers and the importance of protecting their clean waters!


Outfitter: Downriver Canoe Company

Arrival Location: 884 Indian Hollow Road. Bentonville, VA 22610.

Arrival Time: 8:00 AM with anticipated take-out time at 4:00 PM.

Paddle Level/Distance: Beginner, 7.5 miles.

Paddle Options and Cost:

  • Canoe rental: $75 per canoe for up to two adults. One child minimum age 6 can sit in the middle of canoe. ($126 value)
  • Single Kayak: $50 per kayak for one person ($111 value)
  • BYOB (Bring Your Own Boat): $35 per boat for the shuttle. ($96 value)

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EVERY PADDLE PARTICIPANT must print, fill out and bring their ACA waiver with them on the day of the event. Depending on your trip, you may also need to bring an outfitter waiver. Please see your confirmation email for details.

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Free RiverPalooza T-shirt to first 10 registrants!

Participant Limit is 20 people. Registration deadline July 19th.

Potomac Riverkeeper Network is not responsible for securing camping reservations or for the safety and enjoyment of participants who wish to attend. Trip times are subject to change or cancellation due to inclement weather, high river levels, tidal fluctuations, wind and other factors that could jeopardize safety and enjoyment of participants. Unfortunately, there can be no refunds. Potomac Riverkeeper Network is not responsible for any personal property that may be lost, damaged, or stolen during the trip. Potomac Riverkeeper Network is not responsible for limited camping, outfitter service, lengthy paddle distances, late start times and uncontrollable weather that could potentially prohibit/limit our ability to provide an enjoyable and safe paddling experience.

RiverPalooza is a Waterkeeper Alliance SPLASH Series event, presented nationally by Toyota and locally by the National Park Service and MOM’s Organic Market.