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.

Vultures: Nature’s Cleanup Crew

In Virginia, we have two types of vultures. Coragyps atratus, Black Vultures have black heads and jet black body other than the white “star” of their wingtips. Cathartes aura, Turkey Vultures, have red heads and two-toned wings. Together, they rid our environment of...
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James River Batteau

The James River has a long and storied history from the birth of our nation, to westward expansion of the colony to the interior of Virginia. Early settlers of Virginia and of the James River basin viewed the river as a lifeline to the rest of the world and looked to...
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The Potterfield Memorial Bridge is Open! What Comes Next?

Nearly four years to the day the Richmond Riverfront Plan was adopted by City Council, Mayor Jones, city officials, and hundreds of Richmonders celebrated the opening of the opening of the T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge on Brown’s Island. So what comes next?

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The Weasel of the James

wea·sel (ˈwēzəl/)

1. a small, slender, carnivorous mammal related to, but generally smaller than, the stoat.
2. informal a deceitful or treacherous person.

synonyms: scoundrel, wretch, rogue; informal: swine, creep, louse, rat, ratfink, toad, snake, snake in the grass, serpent, viper, skunk, dog, cur, scumbag, scumbucket, scuzzball, sleazeball, sleazebag, slimeball, sneak, backstabber, heel, nogoodnik, nasty piece of work; dated: cad; archaic, blackguard, knave, varlet
“he was a double-crossing weasel”

1. achieve something by use of cunning or deceit.
“she suspects me of trying to weasel my way into his affections”
North American
behave or talk evasively.

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Taste of the James: Holiday Oysters

During the month of November, Virginians can now officially celebrate our cherished mollusks we all know and love, the Oyster! As the holiday season begins, we want to share the unique story of the Eastern Oyster along with some delectable dishes to serve at...
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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!

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