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Cowpasture River Preservation Association

The Cowpasture River flows through some of western Virginia’s most scenic, rural landscape.  Beginning in Highland County, it flows south through Bath, Alleghany, and Botetourt Counties for over 80 miles.  At Iron Gate, it joins the Jackson River to form the James River.  People who experience the river, whether as residents or visitors, find that its beauty and peace remain with them always.  The Association was formed in 1972 by lovers of the river to try to make sure the Cowpasture remains clean and healthy into the future for all who enjoy it.

How is the River Running?

View current and historical field observations of the Cowpasture and Bullpasture Rivers featuring water temperature, discharge, specific water conductance, peak streamflow, field measurements, field/lab water-quality samples and more.

Cowpasture:  McKinney Hollow/Clifton Forge

Bullpasture:  Williamsville/Bath County

The River Runs Newsletter

Our Summer 2021 edition of The River Runs is now available.

Our Summer 2021 edition of The River Runs is now available online. CRPA President Dick Brooks reflects on the rewards of spending time outdooors during the pandemic. Executive Assistant Lynne Griffith shares some exciting changes for this year’s summer picnic and field trip highlights and news about upcoming field trips. This edition also features highlights of the 49th Annual CRPA Meeting. Get highlights and view photos of our First Annual Artist Retreat. CRPA Board Member Andrew Young explains how CRPA CRPA, in partnership with the Southern Environmental Law Center and conservation groups nationwide object to recent changes to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969. Arne Peterson provides the 2020 Annual Report of the Virginia Highlands Wood Duck Club. Check out new CRPA merchandise and start thinking about CRPA’s 50th Anniversary! Lastly, we thank our departing board members, Steven Van Lear and Jeremy White and we remember a longtime friend of the Cowpasture River, Bob Hilton.

Pipeline Updates

Atlantic Coast Pipeline Updates

The CRPA Board of Directors has conscientiously tracked the progress of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline application before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and before the U. S. Forest Service. The Cowpasture River Preservation Association has contributed to the greater public dialogue in two areas of critical concern – i.e., the erosion of soil, debris and rock in rugged mountainous terrain, and the threats to surface and ground water quality. Both water quality issues devolve from the essence of our corporate charter and represent the vital concerns of our membership who are primarily riparian landowners.

Latest News

Spring Birding in the Cowpasture River Valley

Spring Birding in the Cowpasture River Valley

Led by Terry Flaherty (formerly, U.S. Forest Service) and Michael Hayslett, CRPA Board Member Sunday, May 16, 2021, 7:00 am – 12:00 noon Join Terry and Mike for a guided...

Upcoming Events

Oct
09

Fall Geology Hike

A geology based hike from Douthat State Park to the Cowpasture River Valley along Beards Mountain. Co-led by Grant Colip...
Oct
23

Walton Tract Clean-Up

Help us to keep the Cowpasture River and the surrounding area clean. Join us for our bi-annual Walton Tract Clean-Up....