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.

Wildlife of the James – The Ghostly Sycamore

It is Halloween once again, and if there’s a perfect tree for the Halloween season it is the American sycamore. In October,  when the trees in the James River watershed begin to change color and shed their leaves, the ghostly trunk of the American sycamore (Platanus...
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Proposal for Primitive Camping Area at Lawrence Lewis, Jr. Park Approved

The Charles City County Board of Supervisors approved a proposal for the creation of a small primitive camping area at Lawrence Lewis, Jr. Park at its meeting, Tuesday, September 26.

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Volunteers Paint Out Pollution at Chesterfield County Libraries

Volunteers worked through the day to install art on storm drains at four public libraries in Chesterfield County on Wednesday, September 20. A total of 24 storm drains were painted at Chester Library, Meadowdale Library, La Prade Library, and North Courthouse Road Library as part of Paint Out Pollution…

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3rd Annual Films on the Floodwall Draws a Crowd

A crowd gathered at Richmond’s Diversity Park to watch short films at Films on the Floodwall the evening of Wednesday, September 13.

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Tell National Marine Fisheries Service to Protect Atlantic Sturgeon

Atlantic sturgeon need your help! This evening, September 13th, the comment period will end for a permit which will harm the fragile return of the federally endangered Atlantic sturgeon to the James River. This permit, currently being reviewed by the National Marine...
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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!

Discover how to protect and enjoy your river. Join the James River Association today! »