James River Watershed

The James River Watershed encompasses approximately 10,000 square miles, which makes up almost 25% of the state. It is home to one-third of all Virginians who live in its 39 counties and 19 cities and towns, and touches the lives of more Virginians than any other feature on the landscape.

The Watershed is comprised of three sections. The Upper James Watershed begins in Allegheny County and travels through the Allegheny and Blue Ridge Mountains until Lynchburg. The Middle James runs from Lynchburg to the Fall Line in Richmond, while the Lower James stretches from the fall line in Richmond to the Chesapeake Bay.

Map of the James River Watershed
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Explore the James River Watershed using the River Network's new Interactive Map.

Using the map, you can locate your watershed address:

1) Zoom in to find your location.

2) Click on the Identify drop down box on top of the map screen and choose "watersheds."

3) Click on your location on the map.

4) Watershed info will appear under Layer Search.