About the river

Birds of the Buffer: Mapping Their Migration

Dr. Andrew Dolby, the Chair of University of Mary Washington’s (UMW) Department of Biological Sciences, can unscramble the coded noise of the forest into the distinct songs of birds. With the help of his research assistant Maggie Magliato, a double major in biology major and environmental science from UMW, Dr. Dolby has begun compiling these sounds to detect changes in the bird community along the Rappahannock River and to provide bird diversity data for Friends of the Rappahannock.

"Rappahannock" The Film

Friends of the Rappahannock has released a new documentary on the Rappahannock River.  The film is titled "Rappahannock" and showcases everything that makes the Rappahannock River special from the Blueridge Mountains all the way to the Chesapeake Bay.

"The film, written, directed and produced by veteran Oscar-nominated filmmaker Bayley Silleck, is a masterful mix of natural images, history, culture and the problems faced by a river in the midst of a rapidly growing area.

The Confluence

By Officer Lee Sillitoe Watershed Property Manager Welcome to the confluence, where the Rapidan and the Rappahannock rivers meet. This is one of the many picturesque and remote parcels of the watershed property owned by the City of Fredericksburg. There are numerous outdoor activities for all age groups that can be enjoyed at the confluence. The confluence is located twelve miles upriver from the I-95 Bridge. Because of the sheer volume of the two rivers converging, at the confluence the Rappahannock is at its widest and rockiest point in the non-tidal region.