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The James River Watershed
The James River is Virginia’s largest river, flowing across the entire state from its beginning at the headwaters of the Cowpasture and Jackson Rivers in Bath and Highland Counties, to its mouth at the Chesapeake Bay in Hampton Roads. It is Virginia’s largest tributary to the Chesapeake Bay.
The James River is a wonderful destination for recreation and enjoyment. Each year millions of Virginians go to the James and its tributaries to boat, fish, swim, hike or just take in the beautiful scenery. Let us help you enjoy the James »
Each year, the James River Association’s most dedicated group of volunteers, the RiverRats, gather for an annual retreat to recap the year, brainstorm new ideas, and recharge after a busy season of river patrols and action projects. 17 citizen scientists and...read more
Over the last century, most of the ferries on the James River have been replaced by a growing network of bridges and tunnels. Although these structures are remarkable feats of engineering, there’s still an air of romance to the old ferries and their crew, and plenty...read more
There are many ways to become part of the James River Community: