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Snorkeling in the James River Park

While most of the adventure on the James River takes place above the water, there is no shortage of things to see below the water! With a snorkel and/or mask, swimmers can see wildlife, driftwood, odd-shaped rocks and stones, and more.

The best time to snorkel is several days after a rainy spell. Rain stirs up the river bottom and makes viewing underwater difficult.

The prime snorkeling spots are the tranquil pools and cavities caused by the hydraulics movement of river water.

where to Snorkel in the park

River Safety

It is recommended that you wear personal flotation devices while boating, fishing or rock-hopping when water levels reach five feet or more. When kayaking or canoeing it is required that you wear a personal floatation device no matter the water level. 

The river bottom is uneven, so it’s still possible to get in over your head even when the river level is low. Wear close-toed shoes when in the water, and if swept up by a rapid, float feet first to protect your head until you can swim free.

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To report an emergency please call 911 immediately. Please use this form to report an issue in the Park such as maintenance or trail issues. Thank you.

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