Deep Bottom Boat Ramp to Dutch Gap Conservation Area and Back

It was a very pleasant day on the water with paddling friends from the Virginia Paddlers MeetUp group. The James River south of Richmond, VA in Henrico county was busy with July 4th holiday weekend boat traffic, but the power boaters were respectful of our kayaking group.

This is a pretty area made more enjoyable by unseasonably cool 75 degree temps and 9 mph breezes. I spotted two eagles near the boat ramp returning. Jumping fish, egrets, herons, and ospreys were present. A single engine airplane was putting on a show for us near the I-295 bridge and we saw several commercial jets departing Richmond international airport. The small purple flower above is American Water Willow, which was growing in large masses at river’s edge. Trumpet vine was also blooming.

Ample parking at the boat ramp with bathrooms. No entrance fee.

Afterwards, we drove 4.5 miles west on state route 5 to Varina, VA and enjoyed good Italian food at Portobellos Ristorante. (Good enough to get takeout for dinner later.)