Appomattox River Company

A small family business doing big business with 2500+ kayaks, canoes and SUPs, plus 1000's of k


We’ve gotten a lot of new toys in stock recently, including the Titan X, and some great Native Watercraft accessories. Check them out here:


The NRS Backwater wetshoe is a great choice for kayak anglers — especially for wading and moving in and out of the water.

Check them out:


We moved some boats this year. More than 1,600, in fact! Our resolution is to get even more people on the water in 2024!


525,600 minutes. 8,760 hours. 365 days in a year. How many are you spending on the water? Happy New Year!


We love reflecting on the year behind us, and we’re so thankful for all our old and new customers. If you had a chance to stop in and say hello this year, tell us something that brought you joy!

Photos from Appomattox River Company's post 12/25/2023

Merry Christmas! Show us those kayaks, canoes, paddles and gear under the tree! What did Santa bring you?


Remember: We’ll be closed Dec. 24-26 and Dec. 31-Jan. 2 for the holiday, so make sure you stop in the shop for any last-minute gifts!


“The first river you paddle runs through the rest of your life. It bubbles up in pools and eddies to remind you who you are.” – Lynn Culbreath Noel

Where was your first?


We had an employee and family luncheon today at the shop with Christmas movies and a delicious smoked turkey from Jon Grant BBQ.🍗
Feeling grateful for the steady staff of paddlesports professionals we have at ARC. And shout out to our Christmas Captain and Head of Esprit de Corp - Spencer for bringing it all together.


These Deals are Closeout sales with limited quantities, so catch yours before they slip away!


‘Tis the season. Love what you do!

Photos from Appomattox River Company's post 12/14/2023

Kayaks don’t fit well in stockings (we’ve tried), but we have plenty of things that do! If you’re looking for some last-minute for the paddlers in your life, consider:

• NRS pilot knife
• Dry bags
• ARC stickers
• 303 boat protectant spray
• Rumpl puffy blanket
• Rumpl beer blanket
• Temp-resistant gloves
• A sweet, new ARC hat
• Hobie sunglasses
• Yak Attack pole grip
• ARC insulated mug


PSA: Temperatures are dropping, which brings an increased risk of “cold shock” for paddlers.

Cold shock is the body’s immediate reaction to submersion in cold water. Symptoms include loss of breathing control, inability to think clearly, and even cardiac arrest. Treat any water below 70°F (21°C) with caution, and make sure to follow basic cold-water safety guidelines.


The season is upon us, and it’s well known that Santa (and your friends and family) read the comments for gift ideas. What’s on your wish list this year?

Photos from Appomattox River Company's post 12/03/2023

All lined up for the 2023 Farmville Christmas Parade Presented by the Farmville Jaycees! That Hobie Tandem Island is festive!! 🎄


We've gotten in a bunch of new models from Native Watercraft, Liquidlogic Kayaks, Bonafide Fishing, Hurricane Kayaks and more from Pyranha, Jackson and Hobie. That includes the new Titan X series from Native.
Step into the New Products page:

Perception Hi Five Kids Kayak 11/29/2023

Does your little adventurer dream of seeing a boat under the tree this year?

The Hi Five is the ultimate kids' watercraft with unique features like a swim-up deck, ample standing surface, paddle rest, easy-to-use carry handles, and two Solo Mount accessory recesses — all to ensure hours of enjoyment on the water.

Perception Hi Five Kids Kayak Based on the award-winning, patented Hi Life 11.0 design, the Hi Five utilizes all the attributes of the renowned Hi Life, yet shrinks them down into a package perfectly sized for kids. The Hi Five is the ultimate kids' watercraft with unique features like a swim-up deck, ample standing surface, pad...


It’s Small Business Saturday and you can get a two’fer by visiting the shop and the El Taco Loco food truck in our side parking lot.

Photos from Appomattox River Company's post 11/24/2023

Tomorrow is Small Business Saturday! We’ve been in business since 1977, and we take pride in making sure our customers are fitted with the right paddle craft and gear for their adventures. Stop by the shop and say hello!


Happy Thanksgiving! We are Closed today and tomorrow to spend time with family. We are so very grateful for our staff, and our customers! Thank you for continuing to support local, family businesses!


This year we will be Closed on Black Friday to allow our crew to or hang with their families an extra day. We’ll reopen on Small Business Saturday for any Pick Ups & In Store Shopping. The online store will of course still be available for your shopping needs and we’ve got quite a few brands On Sale!


If a year was tucked inside of a clock, then autumn would be the magic hour.

303 Aerospace Protectant 16 oz 11/15/2023

Cleaning your kayak with soap and water can extend its life considerably. You can take it a step further by using a protectant like 303, which shields your rig from UV rays.

303 Aerospace Protectant 16 oz 303 Aerospace Protectant is the most powerful UV screening available. It repels harmful ultraviolet radiation and helps prolong the life of your boat.


We’re in full fall foliage mode here in the great Commonwealth of Virginia! Share the best photo of orange, yellow, and brown leaves that you snapped while paddling.


A salute and heartfelt thank you to all who served on this Veteran's Day! And a special salute to our own Big Al, a Navy veteran. Thank you Al! We love this pic with his big smile. Thank you to all the brave men and women who have served our country.


Smaller hands rejoice!

If you feel as though your paddle control is lacking or you’re unable to truly grip your paddle, consider a smaller shaft. Most of these paddles come with smaller blades as well, reducing the overall wear and tear on your joints.


Pro tip: Don’t wear cotton.

Cotton absorbs water and stays wet, making for a cold and uncomfortable day on the water. Even if you never flip your kayak, you’ll get wet from splash, spray, and drips. If you’re in a sit-on-top kayak, you’ll be sitting in some water, so cotton pants will quickly become soaked and cold.

Instead, wear synthetic materials such as polyester, fleece, or Gore-Tex. This means you shouldn’t show up for your kayak trip in jeans and a cotton T-shirt unless you like being cold and wet.

Photos from Krazy Kenny's Car Coop's post 11/07/2023

We’ve bought more than a few vehicles from Krazy Kenny's Car Coop over the years. If you’re in the market, help them close out inventory.


It’s an ugly truth, but boats sometimes get dropped or smashed into rocks or blown off racks. Good thing we have the best repairman in the business.

Give us a call and bring your rig into the shop so Big Al and our crew can get you back on the water.


Today is National Stress Awareness Day, and we don’t know a better way to DEstress than with a paddle, a boat, and some open water.

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Join the Family

Appomattox River Company has been in business since 1977. We employ a small staff of specialists in all branches of paddle-sports. From kayak fishing, to whitewater kayaking, to canoeing, to stand-up paddle boarding or SUP, we have someone at each of our 3 locations who can help you find the right paddle craft for your next adventure.

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614 N Main Street
Farmville, VA

Opening Hours

Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm
Saturday 9am - 5pm

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