RiverPalooza 2019: Shenandoah Paddle/Snorkel

RiverPalooza - Snorkeling girl

You wouldn't think there's much to see under the surface of the river, until you look.July 19, 2019​ | 10:00 AM – 04:00 PM

When we are paddling we only see the tippy top of the water’s surface. What is going on in the middle of the water column? What’s happening on the bottom? How many fish species do you think you can identify? Want to learn about the critters swimming on the bottom? Want to experience the thrill of snorkeling the Shenandoah? Well, you’re in luck—this is the trip for you! Join us along with our good friends and partners – the U.S. Forest Service and NorthBay Adventure – as we put in at Hazard Mill on the South Fork of the Shenandoah River and paddle down to the Bentonville boat ramp. Along the way we’re going to stop a few times and check out some juicy snorkeling spots and actually do what so very few of us have actually done before—snorkel the Shenandoah River!

We are so very lucky to have NorthBay Adventure help us make for a fun and educational day on the river.  We also hope to have the Audubon Naturalist Society along with us again this year and have them set up a macroinvertebrate station so we can get an up close and personal look at some of the smaller critters living on the river bottom.

We also have the Audubon Naturalist Society coming along with us again this year and will have them set up a macroinvertebrate station so we can get an up close and personal look at some of the smaller critters living on the river bottom.

RiverPalooza - Snorkeling

The fee includes the use of the canoe/kayak and the snorkeling gear (goggles/snorkel; bring your own fins if you need/want them).

This is normally the time we’ll have low/clear conditions, so it should make for a great day of paddling and snorkeling! Be sure and pack a beach towel, don’t forget lunch and plenty of drinking water, and enjoy a day on the beautiful Shenandoah River with your Shenandoah Riverkeeper and our friends at the U.S. Forest Service!

AGE LIMIT: Must be 12 years of age or older.

Boat Options and Trip Costs:
Canoe rental: $75 per canoe for up to two people (minimum age 12 years old).
Single Kayak: $50 per kayak for one person
BYOB (Bring Your Own Boat): $35 per boat for the shuttle

  • Lead Riverkeeper: Mark Frondorf – (571) 969-0746 or mark@shenandoahriverkeeper.org
  • Outfitter and Arrival Location:
    Downriver Canoe Company
    884 Indian Hollow Road
    Bentonville, VA 22610
    (540) 635-5526
  • Arrival Time: 10:00 AM / Take-out time: 4:00 PM
  • Boat Options and Trip Costs:
    Canoe rental: $75 per canoe for up to two people (minimum age 12 years old)
    Single Kayak: $50 per kayak for one person
    BYOB (Bring Your Own Boat): $35 per boat for the shuttle

Registration deadline Wednesday, July 17th


What to Bring:

  • Wear proper footwear. NO FLIP-FLOPS. Old gym shoes, sandals with a strap, and water shoes work great. Don’t forget your fins if you have them!
  • Fishing gear, sunscreen, hat and rain gear. Did I mention sunscreen?
  • Healthful snacks and drinking water (no glass bottles)
  • Change of clothes
  • Dry Bag or Waterproof Container (if you bring a phone or a non-waterproof camera, you need a way to protect it)
  • If you plan to fish, bring valid fishing license for the waters you would be fishing
  • Downriver Canoe Company waiver (bring signed copy with you)
  • Trip waiver (bring signed copy with you) – Adult waiver | Minor waiver
  • Read Paddle Rules
  • Download Water Reporter app to record your paddle experience. #RiverPalooza2019

Optional Camping:

Several camping locations are available in the immediate vicinity of Downriver Canoe Company. Check here for more information.



NOTE: 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.