ABOUT THE RIVER
“If you look closely across the bow you can see we are about to be surrounded by them” said Captain Moncure as he guided the River Steward boat across an oyster reef in Carter’s Creek. My friends and I had signed up to spend a day with Friends of the Rappahannock...read more
Benefit show at Belmont features acoustic favorites Hazel Run Many area residents have a close relationship with “their river,” which weaves through nearly every aspect of living in this region. Whether by history, adventure, or the arts, the Rappahannock helps define...read more
The upper Rappahannock and Rapidan Rivers are home to some of the finest smallmouth bass waters in Virginia. There are lunkers to be found, but they're crafty and hard to land if you don't know where to look. Here’s three tips to help you find that trophy bass this...read more
Channel cats are the top dog above the fall line The ecology of the upper Rappahannock River is changing. The good news is, fisheries biologists are not alarmed. The bad news is… well, there really isn’t any bad news. “The upper Rappahannock River remains a...read more
Article by UMW Professor Jason Sellers for America's Most Endangered River series The Rappahannock River has long been a focal point for Virginia’s human communities, and its health remains vital for Virginians today. Although often confident in the resilience of...read more
Every year, FOR conducts four bird counts during the summer in partnership with Andrew Dolby, Biology Professor at the University of Mary Washington, and his ornithology students. A small team of students paddles down the river from Mott's Run to the I-95 bridge and...read more
This February marks the 14th anniversary of the removal of the Embrey Dam, an act which turned the Rappahannock River into the longest free-flowing river in the eastern U.S. The 22-foot-tall dam's removal in 2004 transformed the ecology and the landscape of the...read more
If you’re reading this blog, you’ve probably seen at least a couple frogs. If not, then don’t hold your breath for the next few months; most amphibians in the Northern Hemisphere are hibernating until spring. When animals hibernate, they cease most bodily activities...read more
The Rappahannock River watershed has several thousand miles of tributaries that drain land areas from all or portions of 18 counties from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Chesapeake Bay. The watershed has land uses ranging from industrial manufacturing,...read more
Trout in the Classroom is a self-contained, fun lesson in ecology When I talk to students about the Trout in the Classroom (TIC), I use words like connectivity, mimicry, nature, experiment, life, and death. These are important words, underscoring much of what we do...read more
"I like to get down there in my chair either at sunup or sundown — that 20 minutes between light and dark is almost magical out there. There’s so much going on. The daytime creatures are getting ready for bed, and the nighttime creatures are coming out. I like to sit...read more
No natural disaster sparks the anxieties of Virginians quite like a hurricane. Many remember Isabel, which inundated the Hampton Roads area and pushed a nine-foot storm surge up the James to Richmond in 2003. Anyone unlucky enough to live in Nelson County in 1969 will...read more
Interesting Facts: Turtles have existed for around 215 million years. Many turtle species are also endangered. Woodland box turtles get their name from their shell, which has a hinge enabling it to close completely, protecting them from predators. For box turtles, the...read more
The new Kilmarnock Town Centre Park is undoubtedly a hit with the locals. Kids adore the splash pad. Adults love the live music at the Half Shell amphitheater. Canines dig the dog park. The park has a perfect 5-star rating on Facebook. Yosemite gets a 4.9. But I know...read more
The Virginia Herpetological Society (VHS) is an organization dedicated to bringing together people interested in advancing their knowledge of Virginia’s reptiles and amphibians. The VHS educates on identification, conservation, captive care, and other services and...read more
How do I check water levels?
FOR uses the USGS Water Data site for real-time information on water levels on the Rappahannock and Rapidan Rivers. Go here to see the latest data on water levels. The recommended level for safe recreational use is below 3.5 ft at the Rappahannock River gauge near Fredericksburg.
Is the fish safe to eat?
Yes, for the most part. There are certain recommendations. More detail here.