My first trip

Hey all, I just bought a nova craft prospector 17 with the intentions of going on some trips that would last 4 to 5 days. I grew up on the lakes of Minnesota and miss spending time in the water. I have paddled a little bit, but would still consider myself a novice. Do any of you all know of any trips in Virginia where I could begin to improve and gain experience? Thanks in advance.

Have you looked at the trip reports here
Under the go paddling button across the top of the page.

There’s a lot of canoeable water in Virginia. Join whichever club is local to you and start going on their trips. They can advise you on water levels and what is appropriate for your skill level.

And do check the trip reports and launch site info on this site.