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.


Advocating for Coastal Resilience

Advocating for Coastal Resilience

In the last few years coastal flood resilience and climate change adaptation has become an advocacy priority of Friends of the Rappahannock. In Virginia flooding resilience has become a topic of great debate and modest positive action.  Coastal areas, both urban and...

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...

Growing the Next Generation of River Stewards

Growing the Next Generation of River Stewards

This year has been a whirlwind! As schools and teachers were figuring out a new way of life, the education team at FOR has been anxiously waiting for the opportunity to get back to the students! Robin Didlake, a 9th grade environmental science teacher at Caroline High...

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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