Adventure Mendota

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Place Category: AttractionsPlace Tags: Family Friendly, Family Fun, fishing, Kayak, Outdoors, River, and Swimming

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  • Re-Opening Spring 2017

    Adventure Mendota offers kayaking from our base camp on Swinging Bridge Road on the North Fork of the Holston River.  Our Class I/Class II river is perfect for recreational kayaking; the water’s gentle flow ensures your first kayak trip will be as good as your next ten! No experience necessary! Call 276-645-1020 for your reservation!

    Located in Mendota, VA on the North Fork of the Holston River, Adventure Mendota offers families kayaking and fishing river adventures.  This beautiful river setting at the base of the Clinch Mountains will let you build great family memories.  Includes picnic area on the river bank under willow trees, acres of off road parking, and high quality sit-on-top recreation kayaks.  “Float the Fork” at Adventure Mendota!

    In 2016 we added an upriver route for customers who own their own kayaks who are experienced enough to navigate the rock dam.  (See the pix on our rate page.) This is great for those who want to fish or who want to kayak slowly.


    For your convenience, you may print, complete and sign your Liability Waiver prior to arrival.   Click HERE (if you wish to do so.  All guests under the age of 18 must have a Liability Waiver signed by a parent or guardian.

    Hours of Operation

    We ask that our kayak customers arrive 30 minutes prior to the launch time we provide at the time of your reservation.   This gives ample time to get checked in, pay for the trip, review and sign the Liability Waiver, listen to any instructions, and the brief walk to the river bank.  Because we operate “down river” for parts of our business, we stay on a strict schedule for launch and pickup, and if you’re late, you may miss your launch.

    Sun-Sat 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

    On the section of the river we are using, river conditions are normally categorized as Class I or Class II, and our trips are not guided.   You will be “off the grid and into the river” –out of cell phone and walkie talkie range on your river journey.

    Before You Come…

    Reservations:   Always call ahead before you make your trip–even if it’s the day of–since we schedule our trips and staff by the number of guests.  Our number is 276-645-1020.    In addition, while it may be a nice day elsewhere, poor river conditions following a storm can linger a day or two.  It’s terrible to show up to a muddy, rushing river that is not acceptable for recreational kayaking.

    What to wear or bring:    All guests must wear correct footwear such as tennis shoes or river sandals/chacos with a back strap.  No bare feet or flip flops allowed. It’s also a good idea to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, bug spray, dry bags or boxes, towels and picnic items if you want to picnic on our river bank.  The closest source for gas is 12 miles so plan accordingly. .

    Alcohol:  We are committed to clean, family fun and operate under a zero tolerance policy for alcohol. No open alcohol is allowed in our parking lot, office, any vehicle or put-in area. We reserve the right to check containers, and those violating our policies will be asked to leave.

    Weather Policy:  We follow weather advisories for Scott and Washington Counties.   If the weather appears questionable, please call us or check the local weather advisories before making your drive to Adventure Mendota.   We will attempt to call you at the number you have provided to advise you that we are closing.  However, it may be difficult to reach you–especially if we are calling your cell phone–so you should always be mindful of the weather before you leave home.

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