Exploring the James River

How do you River?

You can hike it, bike it, swim it, run it or raft it.

How you enjoy the James River is up to you.

Here are some resources to help connect you with your river.

How is the river in your area?

Many portions of the James River and tributaries are currently impaired due to excessive harmful bacteria. And for those who swim or recreate in the River, bacteria is an invisible pollutant that can pose serious health threats.

James River Watch website

We have a team of volunteers that take weekly water samples and report their findings to the James River Watch. Every Friday, from Memorial Day to Labor day, check the James River Watch for water conditions in your area.

Public Access Planned for Turkey Island Creek

The James River Association, Capital Region Land Conservancy, and Virginia Outdoors Foundation are celebrating the protection of 24 acres of land on Turkey Island Creek, a tributary of the James River in eastern Henrico County. The deed of easement, recorded Tuesday,...
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Capital Improvement Plan

Mayor Levar Stoney’s FY 2019 – 2023 Capital Improvement Plan supports the Richmond Riverfront Plan and includes two important appropriations. $484,000 for Intermediate Terminal and Riverfront Public Access: This appropriation supports the creation of new public spaces...
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RVA World Fish Migration Day

On April 21, 2018 James River Association, partners and community members in Richmond will celebrate World Fish Migration Day -  a one day global-local event to create awareness on the importance of open rivers and migratory fish. Rivers around the world, like the...
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Support HB1610 for Menhaden Management

An adult menhaden can filter up to four gallons of water in a minute! These fish keep the ocean water clean and clear. The Atlantic menhaden also happens to be an extremely important food source for many other aquatic animals. Therefore, the Chesapeake Bay’s ecosystem...
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(Re)Connect to Nature – First Day Hike

Many people will head outdoors to start 2018 on the right foot and connect to nature on January 1st as part of the First Day Hike, a nationwide initiative led by America’s State Parks. We’ve all heard that being outside is good for you, but research has found the...
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Explore the river with Terrain 360

Through a partnership with Terrain360 and The Tomato Fund, you can explore the entire 340-mile length of the James River through high-resolution, 360-degree panoramic images. This website is a great resource for scouting out the river before you travel, or for armchair exploring!