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 winter issue of The River Runs is now available. In this edition, both, Board President Elizabeth Dudley and Executive Assistant Lynne Griffith expresses the importance of gratitude. The Education Committee shares an update from the Ninth Annual CRPA Dabney Lancaster Community College Forestry River Lab and the Bill Hardbarger Educational Scholarship makes future plans with Mountain Gate Community College. Nan Mahone Wellborn and the Aesthetic Values Committee shares an article about a jewelry designer and weaver inspired by the Cowpasture River. Read the story of the Richmond man who caught a trophy fallfish on the Cowpasture. Learn about the first freshwater mussel restoration plan and we feature photos of the annual Walton Tract Clean-Up.
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.