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.

James River Rundown Tests Paddlers’ Endurance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 6, 2017 Contact: Justin Doyle Community Conservation Manager (804) 572-4667 jdoyle@jrava.org James River Rundown Tests Paddlers’ Endurance The James River Association announces 4th Annual James River Rundown Richmond, Virginia -...
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Registration is open for the 4th Annual James River Rundown!

The 2016 James River Rundown marked the third year of the annual event organized by the James River Association. The James River Rundown’s popularity has grown since the inaugural 100-mile race a few years ago. Nearly 100 individuals from across Virginia and the...
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Cruise Ships on Richmond’s Riverfront

With structural improvements to the Intermediate Terminal Dock complete and demolition of the Sugar Pad scheduled to be complete by June, Richmond is moving closer to becoming a port of call for small cruise ships.

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James River Association Partners with Capital Region Land Conservancy to Acquire Malvern Hill

The James River Association is honored to partner with the Capital Region Land Conservancy (CRLC) to acquire historic Malvern Hill.

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Sugar Pad Demolition Underway on Richmond’s Riverfront

The transformation of Richmond’s riverfront continues. Demolition of the “Sugar Pad,” a raised concrete foundation at Intermediate Terminal, is underway.

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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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