Rapidan River Paddle - Oct. 27

Join River Stewards Mike Shaw and Brent Hunsinger on a paddle along the Rapidan River from Ely’s Ford to Hunting Run

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Support the Rappahannock by becoming a Friend of the Rappahannock. Join as a member today to discounts on interpretive trips, gear and support the work FOR does on behalf of the river.

Clean Virginia Waterways Litter Clean-Up

Check out some of our Fall Litter Clean-Ups in partnership with Clean Virginia Waterways.


To be the voice and active force for a healthy and scenic Rappahannock River.

Our Vision

A Rappahannock River… that is clean and safe for fish consumption and recreation from its Headwaters to its confluence with the Chesapeake.
A Rappahannock River… that supports a healthy and diverse aquatic ecosystem, with submerged grasses, oysters, crabs and other species returned to their historic levels and productivity.
A Rappahannock River Watershed… where land use and runoff is managed to protect and enhance our riparian habitats, downstream waters, scenic viewsheds and historical resources.
A Rappahannock River Community… where the citizens and local governments are educated about river stewardship, where they take a sense of personal stewardship over the river resource, and where they take action in their own backyards and communities to protect it.


General Assembly 2021

General Assembly 2021

Join us as a strong voice for the Rappahannock River at the state level. The 2021 General Assembly session starts January 13th. We are prioritizing these issues and will regularly update this page. We will include info on bill progress and how you can make a...

Mountain Run Initiative: Improving water quality in Culpeper

Mountain Run Initiative: Improving water quality in Culpeper

Throughout 2020, Friends of the Rappahannock held several events focused on Mountain Run, which is part of our larger goals of our Mountain Run Initiative. Mountain Run is a large tributary to the Rappahannock River and runs right through downtown Culpeper. Like most...

Job Post: Tidal Restoration Assistant

Tidal Restoration Assistant Posted on 7/1/2021 POSITION DESCRIPTION Are you looking to live your passion and help protect our local clean water environment? Friends of the Rappahannock is hiring a part time (approximately 15-20 hours per week) Tidal Restoration...

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Rappahannock River Adventures in 2020

Rappahannock River Adventures in 2020

At FOR, we believe the Rappahannock River is a treasure to share so everyone can work to help protect it.In 2020, we continued to work with partners to increase public access to the river. Our staff celebrated new public access sites and shared some of the more hidden...

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Our Riverwatch map provides geographic data on the Rappahannock and helps you understand how FOR is helping keep our river healthy.

Impaired Rappahannock River Waterways

Learn more about how your local waterways are doing in pollutant reduction.

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