You Can Now SUP at Carvins Cove

SUP roanoke carvins cove

You asked for it and you got it!

Stand up paddling, or SUP, is the fastest growing paddlesport in the world and thanks to great collaboration between the Western Virginia Water Authority and Roanoke Parks & Recreation you can now SUP at Carvins Cove.

Before you go it’s important to understand that swimming is NOT permitted at Carvins Cove. Any recreating at Carvins Cove is a privilege and if abused can be taken away. Please protect this invaluable resource and show everyone that the Roanoke Region is home of responsible outdoor users.

Other Things You Need to Know

  • 3 week rule: All boats (SUPs included) must be out of other waters for at least three weeks prior to launching at Carvins. The reason is to avoid introducing the zebra mussel to the Cove. The Zebra mussel is an exotic pest that if introduced to Carvins Cove would clog water-intake systems, degrade aquatic environment, harm fish, and contribute to problems in production of drinking water.
  • There are no plans to rent SUPs at Carvins.
  • PFDs are required, as well as use of a SUP leash.
  • Paddleboarders ages 12-16 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • The marina at Carvins Cove only accepts cash or check, no credit cards.
  • Swimming is never permitted.