Thursday Evening Sturgeon Tours in September


STURGEON GENERAL'S WARNING:  Spending time on the James River, especially in September causes synergy, laughter, enlightenment and may complicate getting home on time.

Discover the James presents...

Sturgeon Tours on the James

Thursday Evenings in September from 5:00-7:30pm
September 28, 2017
Location:   Osborne Landing (Note: this is a departure location change)
Price:         $55 each
Contact:    Capt. Mike Ostrander
                  Discover the James


Ride aboard the Spirit of the James on the Fourth Annual Sturgeon Tour series presented by Discover the James.  Share in the recent discoveries of this prehistoric specie. The area between Westover Plantation and Presquile National Wildlife Refuge is a prime area to see breaching Atlantic sturgeon throughout the month of September.  Watch carefully as these ancient behemoths leap completely out of the river, exposing their massive five to seven foot frame, coming down with a mighty SPLASH!

This 2 1/2 hour tour will depart from Osborne Landing in Henrico County at 5:00pm and return at approximately 7:30pm.  Wildlife, history and scenery abound.

In the summer, Atlantic sturgeon return to the tidal James River, staging, for their annual Fall spawning run. When the time is right, they move further upriver into the areas listed above. Atlantic sturgeon are prehistoric animals that have journeyed into the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay and into the James River for as long as it has been here, and have been around for over 120 million years.  They range from New Brunswick, Canada to the eastern coast of Florida. We are fortunate to have a spawning population of Atlantic sturgeon, here, on the James River, and this tour is a perfect way for you and your friends to come out and experience them.

Join us during this magical tour to look for breaching sturgeon and learn about them on the James River aboard the Spirit of the James ... a 40-foot covered pontoon boat owned by the James River Association.

Seating is limited
Contact Capt. Mike at 804-938-2350, or 



Top image: Leaping Atlantic sturgeon. Perhaps the best photograph ever taken within the Chesapeake Bay watershed of breaching Atlantic sturgeon. This incredible image was taken by local photographer, Don West.  
Sturgeon Art below:  "The Sturgeon General" by artist Barbara Iobst. No doubt the best Sturgeon art I have ever seen. "The Sturgeon General" was constructed using recycled tins.  Barbara painstakingly cuts small to medium sized pieces of metal from the recycled tins and weaves them together creating magnificent animals.  

To see more of Barbara's work, click here.

To the left: Perhaps the first photo of an Atlantic sturgeon in the fall line of any tributary of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed (76,000 square miles) in over a century. This has to be one of the most important images taken on the James River in 2012.
--Photo by Lynda Richardson.