James River Batteau Festival

2020 JRBF Information

34th Annual James River Batteau Festival – 2019 – Cartersville, Virginia. Photo by Holt Messerly

June 5th, 2020 – JRBF update from Chairman Andrew Shaw:

“There will be no official James River Batteau Festival this year and as such no public launch party at Percivals Island in Lynchburg, and no festival activities in Scottsville.

The Batteau crews will make their journey from Lynchburg to Richmond stopping at their traditional stops, minimal facilities will be available for participants.

We encourage any and all potential floaters to exercise caution if they do choose to participate, and to avoid gathering together in large groups both on the river and at the campsites.”


The Virginia Canal’s & Navigations Society is the parent organization for the James River Batteau Festival. Please see the online store and buy river atlases and books. We accept paypal and credit cards. Our books are shipped by the US Post Office by a VC&NS Volunteer.
Click here for the online store.