Private River Tours


Private River Tours

There is nothing like time 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 bald eagles, osprey, Atlantic sturgeon, great blue heron and the ever lasting history of the area. 

Ride aboard the Discovery Barge II, a comfortable 24' pontoon boat, and perfect for groups of up to six people. The boat is partially covered and can get in close where wildlife and history lays hidden within the banks of the river.

Binoculars and bottled wate are provided.  A small pop-up head (bathroom) is onboard.  Custom dates and times are available. Departure locations include the Richmond Yacht Basin, Deep Bottom Park and Dutch Gap.

COVID-19 Alert & Regs pertaining to Discover the James Private River Tours

Private River Tours are currently available, but only for four people maximum. Due to self imposed Covid restrictions on my boat, total passengers has been reduced from six people to four. Thank you for understanding. 

        2-Hour Tour:  $350 
        3-Hour Tour:  $490


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


Top photo: Morning sunrise on the James, looking east over Curles Neck Swamp. --Photo by Capt. Mike
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.  
--Photo by Mark East