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 Spring 2022 edition of The River Runs is now available online. In this edition, CRPA President Elizabeth Dudley kicks off the CRPA’s 50th Anniversary by reminding everyone of our good fortune, celebrating 50 years of protection the CRPA has provided. Executive Assistant announces several 50th Anniversary events and some commemorative memorabilia. Members David Van Lear, Dick Lynn, with input from Glovie Lynn, and Tucker Carrington all share Cowpasture River memories, and the second installment of our four-part history of the CRPA covers the time period beginning in 1982 and up to 1995. Meet Board Member Nominee Harold Smestad and lastly, get the details about our Annual Meeting and Dinner.
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.