Float Your Boat Release Party

Join us Saturday May 19th at Explore Park in Roanoke County for our Float Your Boat Release Party. Last year we gave away a boat, this year you’ll be able to float the Roanoke River for FREE!

Float Your Boat Saison Ale

Beer, Food Trucks & Music too from 1pm to 6pm!


The party will be set up at Explore Park in the old historic area (field in front of the barn).
Shuttle service will be provided from the Journey’s End Parking Lot to the Blue Ridge Parkway put-in (9:00 am; 10:15 am; 11:30 am) You must have your own boat, the County will not be providing boats only shuttle service. You also must be able to carry your own boat down to the river on the path from the Blue Ridge Parkway Parking lot to the Roanoke River, assistance will not be provided.
Return shuttle service from Rutrough Point to Journey’s End parking lot will be provided at (1:00 pm; 2:15 pm; 3:30 pm)
Roanoke County will have one canoe trailer (8 canoes); one kayak trailer (16 kayaks); one open bed trailer (10 kayaks); three vans (34 participants) w/ 12 additional in trucks.
We will honor registered folks first and take any others as first come first served.
To get registered send an email to: gmartin@roanokecountyva.gov with the following info for each participant:

Explore Park Logo Roanoke County Float Your Boat Party

  • Type of boat
  • Name
  • Phone number
  • emergency contact

Manns Sausage CompanyFood Trucks

Manns Sausage Company is a family-run operation with the vision to produce our lean pork sausages for the public to enjoy as we have enjoyed for generations. Started by our Manns family ancestors in the early 1900’s, making fresh and smoked sausage on the farm has been a family tradition ever since. We’re proud to bring these products to market so that everyone can experience what friends and relatives of the Manns family have known for decades: quality lean pork sausage that is an every day, every meal menu item.

More info about the second food truck Cooking with Greece coming soon.




Float Your Boat Saison Ale Release Party Explore Park May 19thSmokestack Lightnin’ Blues Band will be providing tunes for the day’s events. They are a blues band based out of Snow Creek. VA’s moonshine capital.





May thanks to Roanoke County for making this free event possible. Our Float Your Boat release party is a benefit for the Explore Park Adventure Plan. To learn more about the amazing changes ahead at Explore park please check out that link. The boat shuttle is being provided free of charge. Please consider making a donation.

Thank you