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.

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...

Richmond’s City Council Fully Funds Accessibility Projects Along the James River

Richmond’s riverfront and James River Park System are on their way to becoming more accessible thanks to action taken by City Council earlier this week. On Tuesday, May 26, 2020, Richmond’s City Council adopted an ordinance that restores funding to the Universal...

Enjoy the Outdoors Responsibly This Memorial Day Weekend

The James River is forecast to reach minor flood stage in Richmond Rainy and overcast days are moving on just in time for Memorial Day weekend. As parks begin to reopen and you make plans to enjoy the outdoors this holiday weekend, the James River Association...

Richmond’s FY21 Budget Supports a Healthy James River

On Monday, May 11, 2020, Richmond’s City Council adopted a revised Fiscal Year 2021 budget for the City of Richmond that supports projects that will contribute to a healthier James River. The adopted budget is based on revised revenue projections that were presented...

Enjoy the Outdoors Responsibly During this Period of Social Distancing

Updated 4/23/20 at 2:11 pm Enjoy the Outdoors Responsibly During this Period of Social Distancing The James River Association reminds you that leaving your residence for the purpose of “Engaging in outdoor activity, including exercise, provided individuals comply with...

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!