As the Roanoke Valley recovers from the recent snowstorm, many people’s minds are already fast-forwarding to spring and summer. A time when they can shake off winter’s shackles and spend time pursuing outdoor adventure activities. Well, it doesn’t hurt to start planning your summer now, so that you can hit the ground running just as soon as the calendar…and the weather…says “Go!”
One doesn’t have to look far to find outdoor fun in the Roanoke area. One such location is Carvin’s Cove, our local water reservoir: “Carvin’s Cove – It’s not just for drinking anymore!” Many people are familiar with the great hiking, biking and equestrian trails that Carvin’s Cove offers, but not as many people know about their single and tandem Kayak, Paddle Boat, Row Boat and Jon Boat rentals. I hate to admit that after living in the Roanoke Valley since 1998, I myself only learned about the kayak rentals this past fall.
While row boats might be an adventure for some people, it is the kayaks that have the more powerful draw. If you have never been kayaking, the 630-acre water reservoir is a great place to start. No rapids, no fighting currents (unless it’s a really windy day), and lots of area to explore. There are different types of kayaks, and the ones that the Western Virginia Water Authority rents at Carvin’s Cove are the sit-on-top models, as opposed to the enclosed type with which I was familiar.
Boat rentals are available from April 1 – September 30 and are charged in one- or two-hour increments on a first-come, first-served basis. The low rental fee allows newbies to try their hand at the sport without spending a lot of money on equipment.
The prices for a 1-person kayak were only $7.00 for 1-hour or $11.00 for 2-hours and included the required life jacket and paddle. Two-person kayaks were only slightly more at $9.00 for 1-hour or $15.00 for 2-hours.
Some things to remember:
- Rental hours start at 7am. The last rental out is at 5pm and must be back in by 6pm.
- All rentals are on a first-come, first served basis, so arrive early in case you have to wait.
- You must be 16-years-old or over to rent a kayak, although younger children can ride on a tandem kayak with an older sibling or parent.
- Life jackets are mandatory. The reservoir is very deep in spots, and despite the tranquil surface, accidents happen. Keep your life jacket on at all times when on the water.
- Carvin’s Cove provides drinking water to the entire Roanoke Valley, so don’t throw trash in the water, pour contaminants in the water, or do anything else that could be harmful.
Location: Carvin’s Cove is located at 9644 Reservoir Road in Roanoke, VA. For more information, call 540-563-9170 or email email@example.com.