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.

2018’s Record Rainfall and What It Means for the James River

As we kick off 2019 and turn a very soggy page on the past year, it’s worth looking back at one of 2018’s main themes, at least as far as the James River is concerned: the rain. To state the obvious it’s been wet – I mean unrelentingly, record-settingly wet – across...
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Rare find on the James River

Juvenile Atlantic Sturgeon confirm successful spawning but concerns remain Last week, James River Association education staff discovered five young Atlantic sturgeon during an education program on the James River. On their 40-foot education boat, Spirit of the James,...
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Beneficial Bats in the Backyard

Bats have earned a bad reputation for being spooky, nuisance pests in backyards and attics. Let's dispel those myths this Halloween and focus on how beneficial these flying mammals can be for your garden. Bats are excellent pollinators and natural pest control, ruling...
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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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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!