Riverfest is COMING! Sponsorships are Available!

Riverfest is returning in-person to Fredericksburg’s City Dock on Saturday, September 17th from 3-7PM. Sponsorships are now available, so go get yours today!

It's Membership Month!

Looking for a way to support the Rappahannock River? Become a member or renew your membership today!

River Safety

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

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.

Paddle Events coming up...

We have multiple paddle events coming up in the next month! Take a look and register for one today! 


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.


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...

Restoring the Tidal Rappahannock: Oysters & Living Shorelines

Restoring the Tidal Rappahannock: Oysters & Living Shorelines

Many of us like to eat oysters, but how many of us know about their value beyond how delicious they are and how our shorelines can be the key to their success?  Oysters are an essential part of keeping our Rappahannock River healthy. A single adult oyster filters on...

Expanding Headwater Education Programming

Expanding Headwater Education Programming

Wow! Friends of the Rappahannock have accomplished so much at our Headwaters office this past year! In 2021, the office gained an Education Manager and a Restoration Technician. If you know anything about FOR you know that we have been active in advocacy and...

Do you know what’s living in the Rappahannock?

Do you know what’s living in the Rappahannock?

If you’ve ever walked along the Rappahannock River or taken a boat ride down to the Chesapeake Bay, it’s likely you’ve recognized some familiar species along the Rappahannock River watershed. Although these outdoor experiences can be a healthy and meaningful way to...

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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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