Wednesday September 17, 2014 at 2:00 PM EDT
Thursday September 18, 2014 at 4:30 PM EDT

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September 17 evening program

Colonial Theater

220 S Mecklenburg Ave

South Hill, VA 23970 


September 18 classroom sessions

Magnuson Hotel Conference Room

103 2nd St

Clarksville, VA 23927


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Jennifer Wampler 
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation 

River Recreation Workshop 

This workshop will provide tools to advance river recreation in Virginia, including information on economic impacts, planning and design, potential partners, promotion and resource protection. Fun, educational field trips are planned in the afternoons.

Agenda Sept. 17, 2014 in South Hill

2-4:30 p.m.  p.m.-Field trip options near South Hill (weather dependent) 

  • A-Interpretive Tour of Whittle’s Mill dam (c. 1805)  Visit historic Whittle's Mill Dam on the Meherrin River, an area that dates back to Revolutionary War.  After the tour, boats will be available for you to explore the river on your own (weather and water-level dependent)
  • B-Stand-Up Paddling Instruction  ($48 fee) minimum 5-maximum 12    Learn about the world of Standup Paddleboarding!  These 90-minute clinic covers how to get on and off your board, paddling techniques, proper stance, and turning methods.Call 919-416-1200 to pay fee and register or email info@froghollowoutdoors.com with your questions
  • C-Bring your bike and tour the Tobacco Heritage Trail on your own (17 miles from La Crosse to Lawrenceville)
  • D-South Hill Tour on your own --Tobacco Farm Life Museum of Virginia, South Hill Depot 

6-8:30 p.m. Evening program at Colonial Theater in South Hill

  • 6:00 Dessert Reception sponsored by Virginia Tourism Corporation at Colonial Theater
  • 6:30 Welcome and Recognition of Partners
  • 6:45 Planning for Water Trails (panel)
    Waterside Camping, Water and Land Opportunity Spectrum, Positioning for funding
  • 7:30 Roundtable Discussion: Ideas to advance river recreation in Virginia
  • 8:00 Lightning Talks on Water Trails in Virginia

Agenda Sept. 18, 2014 in Clarksville

8 a.m.-1:30 p.m.  Classroom Sessions at Magnuson Hotel Conference Center in Clarksville

  • 8:00 a.m. Registration (coffee/snacks)
  • 8:30 Welcome and Recognition of Partners
  • 9:00 Developing Effective Partnerships (panel)
  • 9:30 Financing your Water Trail (panel)
  • 9:45 Economic Impacts of river trail recreation (panel)
  • 10:45 Break
  • 11:00 Boating Access Development Considerations: Site, Use, Design, Materials
  • 11:45 Managing Public Access (Panel) 
  • 12:15 Lunch
  • 12:30 Keynote Speaker Secretary of Commerce
  • 1:00 Strategic Marketing for your Water Trail 

2:-4:30 p.m. Afternoon FIeld Trips options near Clarksville (weather dependent)

  • A-Tour of Occoneechee State Park Visit the marina, boat ramp, canoe-in campsite and other recreation amenities at this lovely state park on the John H. Kerr Reservoir.  After the 45-minute tour, enjoy the park on your own.
  • B-Paddling trip Beechwood Flats Water Trail This 5.3-mile water trail on the Roanoke River from Buggs Island to Beechwood Flats passes by the Dick Cross Wildlife Management Area.  Boats provided.
  • C-Tour of Kerr Reservoir Recreation Amenities  Tour facilities around Kerr Reservoir, including an ADA-accessible launch for paddlers, the powerhouse, and the Tanner Environmental Education Center.  Enjoy the Liberty Hill nature trail on your own to see another side of the dam and take in beautiful views of the river and Buggs Island.

If ADA/reasonable accommodations are needed, please call (804) 786-9240 or email jennifer.wampler@dcr.virginia.gov at least 10 working days in advance of the registration deadline or event.