Explore Nature and History along the Willis and James Rivers
Cumberland County, VA
September 16, 2023 • 9:00am-4:00pm

Join local conservationists, students from Cumberland High School, river lovers, and history buffs to get to know the Willis River! This hidden gem flows through Cumberland County, Virginia and is surrounded by beautiful streamside forests and a unique history. 

9am-12:00pm – We’ll start the day on the banks of the Willis and James Rivers to learn about the history of batteaux and the lock systems, the trees and vegetation that call its banks home, and how we can play a part in improving the quality of its waters. All attendees will enjoy a BBQ chicken lunch. Registration cap is 50 participants. 

Noon- 1:00pm – Lunch and Raffle 

1:00-4:00pm – Enjoy a beginner friendly ~3.5 mile float along the Willis River. Along the float we will stop to explore old lock ruins and practice identifying trees along its banks. Canoes and/or kayaks will be provided by the James River Association. Registration cap is 25 participants and all must be over 16 years old.  

Registration is $10, which includes a BBQ chicken lunch and a raffle entry.  Pre-registration is required by September 8, 2023. RSVP via this link

Pre-registration is required and lunch is provided. Registration closes September 8, 2023.



Contact Joey Shelton at jshelton@thejamesriver.org.

In the event that extreme weather conditions force a cancellation, we will inform attendees 48 hours before the event and the event will be moved to September 30, 2023. 

Thanks to the following partners: The James River Association, VA Dept. of ForestryPeter Francisco SWCD, Virginia Canals & Navigations Society.