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Canoe and kayak launch finished at Old Mill Park

The new canoe and kayak launch at Old Mill Park is now open for use.

The project was initiated in August 2010 and will allow for easier and safer access to the river by paddling enthusiasts and will reduce the amount of erosion created by river goers, according to the city manager’s report from Nov. 27.

It was a collaboration between the Chesapeake Conservancy, the Friends of the Rappahannock, and the city and was funded through grants received by the Chesapeake Conservancy and the Friends of the Rappahannock from the National Park Service.

Paddlers already have whitewater launches off River Road at Mott’s Landing in Spotsylvania County and at the Virginia Outdoors Center in Fredericksburg.

The Old Mill Park site is just downriver of the Falmouth Bridge and the end of the whitewater section of the Rappahannock. The next closest public launch is the boat ramp downriver at City Dock.

It’s about a two-mile trip from the Old Mill site to City Dock.

The Rappahannock River is a popular waterway for canoeists and kayakers. It attracts visitors for events such as the Great Rappahannock Whitewater Canoe and Kayak Race.