Canoes • Kayaks • Tubes • Fishing • Convenient Shuttle Service

Little River adventure outfitting company in Floyd County, Virginia

On the Water FUN for all ages!

Available 10am-5pm 7 Days a Week!

Maximum of 10 persons per group

Contact Us

Our response to the COVID-19 Pandemic:

We are taking social distancing very seriously and also feel it is possible for us to provide a safe way for everyone to have another option for healthy outside activity. We are allowing a max of 10 in a group/reservation, will keep at least a 6’ distance from all customers, all groups that book together will shuttle together and not be sharing a shuttle with other groups. We are also implementing a sanitation process for all gear. We of course advise all customers to be responsible and bring their own precautions for sanitation/protection as they see fit, and request that anyone that is not in good health stay home and come see us when they are well.

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact us.

About Us

On the Water in Floyd is a Little River adventure outfitting company in Floyd County, Virginia

We’ve been getting families on the water together since 2009.

Owner Daniel Sowers’ guiding experience ranges from Alaska’s glacial cold, to Hawaii’s tropical flows, to the Little River here in his native home, Floyd County.   Daniel has spent many years on and around the Little River, adjacent to his family’s farm.  At On The Water, you get an authentic local Floyd river run experience.

Let us guide you along the beautiful Little River – one of the best kept secrets of the area.

This beautiful and pristine ecosystem is full of gorgeous views and native wildlife.

Our goal is to provide our guests with a positive paddling experience, while enjoying the beauty of the Little River & wildlife in the hills of Floyd County.

Whether first-timer or experienced paddler, On The Water is here to meet your needs.

Your river adventure is just a phone call away.

See pricing and more info, or go ahead and…

Rentals & Info

We have everything you need for a paddling excursion on the Little River.

We offer canoe, kayak and tube rentals from our convenient riverfront location only a few miles from downtown Floyd. Our knowledgeable staff will make sure that you have the best experience possible.

Boat Rentals

Our fleet of canoes and kayaks consists of various sizes and models to accommodate paddlers of all ages, size, and skill levels.

Single Kayak $45

Single Canoe $60

Single Tube $15

What’s Included with your Rental?

We provide everything you need with your canoe, kayak, tube rentals!

  • Life Jacket
  • Fitted Paddle
  • Launch Assistance
  • Personalized Instruction
  • Pickup / Drop off Shuttle

Have your own boat?

You can still take advantage of our shuttle service to get you back to your starting point!

Up to 2 boats $20

Additional boats $10 each

We love large groups!

What to Wear/Bring:

Outdoor Clothing

River shoes/ sandals

Water, Drinks, Snacks

Waterproof Camera

Sun Block



On The Water is proud to be a part of some great events in Floyd County.

Annual Little River Run

The Little River Run happens every year in June. The event is an annual canoe/kayak float to benefit local charities or non-profits of Floyd Virginia.

The Little River Run is a 10 mile mile float through the primitive forest of Floyd County Virginia. This run is a lot of fun and is for everyone.

Little River Poetry Festival

A 3 day event focused on poetry, hiking, cookouts, community, and of course, getting On the Water!

Founded by Jack Callan and Judith Stevens – two experienced poets based out of Norfolk, Virginia.

Bring your notebooks and your creativity for this retreat! The Little River Poetry Festival features an open mic every afternoon and evening, as well as workshops and featured poets.

If you’re looking to sharpen your poetry skills and be around others in your community, the Little River Poetry Festival is the perfect place for you. Get to know fellow poets, work on your writing skills, and experience Floyd, Virginia in all of its beauty.

Learn more here:


FloydFest is a world music and arts festival held annually near Floyd, Virginia, in the Blue Ridge Mountains just off the Blue Ridge Parkway.

The event began in 2002, and spans four days each year with on-site camping and multiple stages featuring rock, bluegrass, reggae, folk, Yiddish, Cajun, or Zydeco, African, Appalachian, and world music performers.

On The Water offers kayaking excursions for festival attendees during the event.

For more information visit

Renew the New

You’re invited to volunteer to spend your day helping pick up litter and items in and along a stretch of the Little River.

This project is a collaboration of the County, the Town, On the Water in Floyd, the Tourism Office, the Floyd County Chamber of Commerce, and the New River Valley Regional Commission, as well as the regional “ReNew the New” effort. While the New River does not flow through Floyd County, the Little River is a tributary of the New River.

Rubber Duck Race

Come for an admission-free, family-friendly time on the river that immediately follows Floyd’s Little River Cleanup Day with us at On The Water in Floyd.

Come race your own rubber duck, or come just to watch and cheer the ducks on – either way, it’s a great time for ALL!

2019 Dates!

Little River Run – June 1
Poetry Fest  – June 7-9
FloydFest – July 24-28
Renew the New – TBA
Duck Race -TBA


We are located at 2049 Thunderstruck Rd NE Floyd, VA 24091

We’re only 10 minutes from downtown Floyd!

Get directions using the Google Map or follow directions below:

From Interstate 81

Take Exit 114 (Route 8 toward Floyd). Go  14.5 miles and turn left on Slusher Store Rd (State Route 705). Proceed about 1/2 mile to the intersection with Thunderstruck Road.

From the Town of Floyd

From the red light in Floyd, take Route 8 toward Christiansburg. Go approximately 5 miles from Floyd, and turn right on Slusher Store Road (State Route 705). Proceed about 1/2 mile to the intersection with Thunderstruck Road.


Online Reservations are coming soon!

In the meantime, please call or email us for reservations with the information below:

We are currently taking bookings from 10am-5pm 7 days a week!

Maximum of 10 persons per group

**You’re encouraged to call at least 24 hours in advance to ensure availability**

On the Water in Floyd

(540) 838-1877

2049 Thunderstruck Rd NE

Floyd, VA 24091


Email us directly:

14 + 10 =