Private River Tours


There is nothing like a day on the river with family and friends. Join Discover the James on one of our unique Private River Tours and experience the incomparable James River in the company of great blue heron, bald eagles, osprey, Atlantic sturgeon and the ever present history. Private River Tours are available on two different vessels and can handle small groups up to six or larger groups up to 28.

The Discovery Barge II is a comfortable 24' pontoon boat, and is perfect for smaller groups of six or less.  The boat is partially covered can get in close where wildlife and history lays hidden along the banks of the river. The boat can also be enclosed during the colder months for incredible wildlife viewing.  Binoculars and water are always provided on this tour.

The Spirit of the James is a fully covered 40' pontoon boat comfortable for up to 28 passengers. The Spirit of the James can be used for group outings, and has plenty of room for socializing and small tables for food and drinks.  A limited amount of binoculars are provided on this trip, and water is provided. For more information, click the following links.

For more information or to book a Private River Tour:
Contact Capt. Mike at 804-938-2350 or


Bottom right photo: This is Bandit, again, one of the resident bald eagles of the James River. You can clearly see the band on her right foot, which took almost three years to gather the numbers from.  
--Mark East