Welcome to the Roanoke River Blueway

The Roanoke River Blueway offers a unique combination of urban, front country, and back country recreation opportunities in the upper Roanoke River watershed. Enjoy canoeing, kayaking, fishing, tubing, wading, wildlife viewing, and watershed education – with convenient access to other outdoor and cultural amenities in Virginia’s Blue Ridge.


Effective immediately, the portage at Niagara Dam will be closed during the week for improvements on the Niagara Project. The portage will be opened on weekends beginning at 5PM on Fridays and closing at 7 AM on Monday mornings.  The exception is the week of July 3.  The portage will open on Friday, June 30 at 5 PM and close Wednesday, July 5 at 7 AM. The work is expected to be completed in the Fall of 2017, at which time the portage will reopen.  

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Roanoke River Blueway Receives Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award

The Roanoke River Blueway received a 2016 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award  for implementation of the Virginia Outdoors Plan.The awards recognize the significant contributions of environmental and conservation leaders in four categories: sustainability, environmental project, land conservation, and implementation of the Virginia Outdoors Plan.