River Safety

Check out our newest blog post that helps you SAFELY plan and prepare for your next river excursion! 

Raising Kids to Love their Mother Earth

Motherhood.   There is no other endeavor that can bring so much joy, frustration, pride, worry, excitement, exhaustion, and love to your life all at the same time.

Become a River Friend!

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.

Volunteer Litter Clean-Ups

Check out some of our Litter Clean-Ups that are being held across the watershed! Visit our Events page for more details!


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.


So You Forgot Your Reusable Bag….

So You Forgot Your Reusable Bag….

SO YOU FORGOT YOUR REUSABLE BAG...  Starting on January 1, the City of Fredericksburg levied a 5-cent tax on each disposable bag sold at all grocery stores, drugstores and convenience stores within the 22401 zip code. This new tax has encouraged many residents to...

Community Efforts for Mountain Run

Community Efforts for Mountain Run

Mountain Run is a stream that flows through downtown Culpeper. It begins in agricultural fields before it feeds two drinking water reservoirs, flows through several popular park spaces, under bridges and highways, through backyards, and into the Rappahannock River. In...

A Head Start for Students

A Head Start for Students

Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) educators are excited to continue our nature-based science discovery program with local Head Start and Virginia Preschool Initiative classes this year.  This program serves students in the City of Fredericksburg Fredericksburg, King...

Mountain Run Watershed Getting Attention

Mountain Run Watershed Getting Attention

CULPEPER, VA— On Friday January 22, 2021 staff members from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Rappahannock Rapidan Regional Commission (RRRC), Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR), and the Town and County of Culpeper met at multiple sites along...

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As spring comes to the Rappahannock river community, you’re probably hearing a lot about a fish called the shad. You may also be wondering, what is a shad? How do you catch one? Can I eat it?   Here are a few facts about the shad you may not have known.  ...

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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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