Festival Info

General Information
James River Batteau Festival

As we prepare for another successful year on the river, please consider
the following information in planning your time on the river!

JRBF Color Brochure:
Free Download – Print as many copies as you want!

-Important site change: Slate River. This year we will be using a different campsite at Slate River. Our day on the river won’t change, as we are just moving to the opposite bank of the Slate, however it is very important that we both respect our new host and do not attempt to access the old site, which is now the site of a significant lumber operation whose business we cannot interfere with. New site can be accessed from Rt 652 and is the very last turn if coming from Scottsville before crossing the Slate. Follow the road down to the river. We must not drive or park on the left hand side of the road! DO NOT TIE UP BOATS OR CAMP AT THE OLD SITE. WE DO NOT HAVE PERMISSION TO BE ON SOLITE PROPERTY. Click here for new Google Map.

-Campsites: The James River Batteau Festival could not exist without the generous support of landowners who host us year after year. Please respect their property by staying in designated camping areas, picking up after yourself, and being especially careful to avoid fields with crops!

-Meals: Each year we partner with a variety of food vendors to offer an affordable dinner at each site. Many of these are civic groups for whom the festival represents an opportunity for fundraising. Consider simplifying your planning and supporting or vendors by purchasing dinner at each site!

-General Info: A color brochure containing site info, a general description of each day on the river, as well as a road map of each campsite is available as a free download (PDF).

-Canoeists and Kayaks: As always we encourage canoeists and kayakers to enjoy the river with us! We ask that you contribute $5 per night or $25 for a week as a camping fee, payable at the t-shirt booth. There are significant costs associated with putting on the Festival and we appreciate your financial support! Click here to pay camping fees online.

-Ice: Ice is available for purchase each day morning, either at local stores or provided by the festival. When provided by the festival it is on a first come first serve basis.

-Trash: Trash disposal is available at each site, either by the festival or county dumpster. Please ensure all of your trash makes it to the appropriate spot!

-Water: Water will be available at Bent Creek, Wingina, Howardsville, Scottsville, and Slate River. Err on the side of caution and try to maintain enough water for two days at all times!

-VCNS: Please consider joining our parent organization, the Virginia Canals and Navigation’s society. For over three decades, the VCNS has worked tirelessly to promote knowledge and preservation of our state’s historic navigation resources. VCNS members were critical in the discovery and preservation of batteaux in the basin dig in Richmond, have actively worked to preserve canal relics, and have published a wide array of river atlases detailing both the character of rivers and the geographic and historic sites that populate them. Without the VCNS, the Batteau festival wouldn’t have come into existence and could not continue. Please consider joining at the t-shirt booth! Click here to join online. The VCNS has the James River Batteau Festival Trail Atlas for sale online and will also be at the VCNS booth along the river.

-River Flows: As of writing just about a month out we have had a great deal of rain and the James and her tributaries are full! Lots can change between now and then, and you can keep track of river flows by going to batteau.org and clicking on James River Levels at the top of the page.

  • The James River Batteau Festival depends on the generosity of numerous landowners to make this event possible. It is absolutely crucial that we respect and take care of the properties that are made available for our use.
  • The JRBF respectfully requests that you support the food vendors as much as possible. They are crucial to many participants!!!!
  •  A brochure in PDF format is available for download at www.batteau.org. It gives general info about the festival including brief descriptions of each river day. It also has a map showing festival stops and a simplified road map between each stop.
  • Canoeists & Kayakers are absolutely welcomed and encouraged to join us in enjoying the river and celebrating the history of the Batteau Era. (1775-1820)
  • Camping for Non-Batteau crew is available and we ask for a $5.00 donation per night or $25.00 per week. The camping fee can be paid on site at the T-shirt booth. We ask for this voluntary payment to help defray the significant expenses of putting on the festival. Batteau Crew are covered by the fee each batteau pays to participate.
  • Portable toilets are available at all sites for your enjoyment! Consider bringing paper!
  • Water is available at Bent Creek, Wingina, Howardsville, Scottsville, and Slate River. Some places it is provided by the site, some by the festival, you should figure on carrying a 2 day supply of water and renewing supplies everywhere it is available.
  • Ice will be available at each site either at stores within walking distance or by the festival ice trailer.
  • Where Ice is provided by the festival it is on a first come first served basis for sale in the AM while limited supplies last. It is difficult to obtain the volume of ice needed and impossible to predict the exact amount needed, so please buy only what you absolutely need and be flexible.
  • Trash will be picked up at all sites. Some places the county provides dumpsters, and at some sites the Batteau Festival will have a trailer. Please bring your trash to the location where it is being collected and help us leave the property cleaner then when we arrived.
  • Membership in the VCNS (Virginia Canals and Navigations Society) is strongly encouraged of everyone who enjoys the James River and Batteau Festival. The VCNS is the parent organization for the JRBF, and without it there will be no Batteau Festival. Membership forms are available at the T-Shirt booth.
June 8, 2014