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Longtime friend of the Batteau Festival, Mike Lee, has died.

The photos above were taken during the 2018 JRBF at Bent Creek as the State Park batteau was departing.  June 10, 2019-Added two photos of Mike’s dog taken after Mike’s funeral in the afternoon. Longtime friend and supporter of the James River Batteau Festival, Mike Lee, has died on June 3rd, 2019. Mike has helped…

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Former VC&NS President Robert Michael “Buddy” High, 73, died Sunday, May 19, 2019.

We are sad to announce that former Virginia Canals & Navigations Society President and Chairman of the James River Batteau Festival, Buddy High, has died. Robert Michael “Buddy” High, of Valentines, Virginia,  73, died Sunday, May 19, 2019, at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill, Virginia. Buddy went home to be with the Lord…

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JRBF – Sunday June 17th to Monday June 18th, 2018, Camp Monican II campsite to Bent Creek.

Father’s Day, Sunday June 18th, 2018, was a beautiful day on the river. The JRBF camped in Galt’s Mill on Saturday night. David Haney, Site Manager, said everything went real good and it was a pretty quiet night. Having worked 3rd shift near Lynchburg, a private put-in at Greif Brother’s mill (near Christian’s Island on…

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33rd Annual James River Batteau Festival has started from Percival’s Island – June 16, 2018

The James River Batteau Festival began in Lynchburg, Virginia. The boats were lined up along the beach of Percival’s Island. Once again Jeff Taylor announced the boats and did a fantastic job as usual. The weather was perfect, the kind you only get once every few festivals! Everyone looked all clean and ready to go…

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James River Batteau Festival – Maps to sites:

There is a new page with this information in the menu bar and also posted here: “Rucker Landing” – Amherst Public Boat Ramp Percival’s Island Galt’s Mill Bent Creek Wingina Howardsville Scottsville Slate River Cartersville Maiden’s Landing