Kayak & Canoe at The James River Water Trail

Outdoor Activities



Equipment Needed



Skill Level

All Skill Levels

Length of Time

1 Hour or Less
2 Hours or Less
3 Hours or Less

Trail Map

Trail Map

  • Springfield’s James River is Class 1 during normal water levels (do not use during flooding)

Parking and Access Point

What to Wear & Bring

  • Wear athletic clothes with water shoes
  • Bring:
    • Hat
    • Sunglasses
    • Bug spray
    • Dry bag
    • Change of clothes

Need to Rent?

  • Rent a kayak or canoe from the James River Boathouse through 37 North Expeditions (417)501-5455
    • Fees are:
      • $12/hour or $36/four hours for single kayaks
      • $15/hour or $45/four hours for tandem kayaks and includes life jackets and paddles
      • $15/hour or $45/four hours for single canoe and includes life jackets and paddles
    • Guided tours are available through 37 North Expeditions.