Many park visitors enjoy calm ponds and lakes with a paddle boat. Others prefer outboard engines or jet skis for fun on the water. Our parks offer a variety of boatingopportunities.For a closer view of wildlife and a taste forwater travel of the past,try a kayak.
Canoes and kayaks offer a maneuverability that brings boaters closer to the natural habitats of muskrats, herons, and other creatures than paddle boats.With proper technique, some animals and birds aren't very threatened by such boats. While fast engines are great for water skiing, they only scare off the birds and beasts that make our parks such interesting places.
Almost all Native American people made canoes either from tree bark or hollowed out logs. Nativesaround the Arctic Circle used kayaks to huntseals and whales.Using a paddle to glide one of these boats is a way to celebrate the heritage of those who were here before us.
The canoes and kayaks at York River State Park will have the"Pick Your Paddle" tour on Taskinas Creekon Saturday, July 23rd and the York River on Sunday, July 24th from 9 to 11 in the morning.
Have fun onon the waterin any boat you choose. But, put acanoe or kayak trip on your"to do" list to help celebrate our 75th Anniversary!
LOCATION: From I-64, take the Croaker Exit 231B. Go north on Route 607 (Croaker Rd.) for one mile, then right on Route 606 (Riverview Rd.) about one and a half miles to the park entrance. Take a left turn into the park.
Drive Time : Northern Virginia, two to three hours; Richmond, one hour; Tidewater/Norfolk/Virginia Beach, one hour; Fredericksburg, two hours; Roanoke, five hours.
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