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.

Richmond’s City Council Adopts Ordinance to Create Five New Parks in Southside

Mayor Levar Stoney made a commitment to improve park and green space access in 2018 and assembled a team to tackle the issue earlier this year. Richmond’s Green Team was convened for the first time in January to identify and prioritize city-owned parcels of land that...

Historic James River Crests

The James River is forecast to crest around 17’ at the Richmond Locks gauge located at Great Shiplock Park tonight. The last time the James River crested above 17’ at the Richmond Locks gauge was almost two decades ago in 2003. While 17’ is significant, it is well...

Colonial National Historical Park Seeking Public Input on Proposed Amendment to Special Regulation Prohibiting Water Access

The National Park Service is soliciting public input on a proposal to amend the special regulations for Colonial National Historical Park. The rule would remove a regulation that prevents the Superintendent from designating sites within the park for launching and...

Press Release: Improvements to the James River Association’s Turkey Island Creek Property Underway

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:Friday, September 25, 2020 CONTACT:Justin Doyle Community Conservation Manager James River Association (804) 572-4667 jdoyle@thejamesriver.orgImprovements to the James River Association’s Turkey Island Creek Property Underway...

Press Release: James River Association Offers Programs to Connect with the James

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:Wednesday, June, 24, 2020 CONTACT:Justin Doyle Community Conservation Manager James River Association (804) 572-4667 jdoyle@thejamesriver.org James River Association Offers Programs to“Connect with the James” The James River...

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!