Private River Tours


Private River Tours 

Join Discover the James on our unique Private River Tour and experience the incomparable James River in the company of bald eagles, osprey, Atlantic sturgeon, great blue heron and the deep history of the area. Ride aboard the Discovery Barge II, a comfortable 24' pontoon boat. The boat is partially covered and can maneuver in close where wildlife and history lays hidden along the banks of the river.

Binoculars and bottled water are available.  A small pop-up head (bathroom) is onboard. 

Call or email to book a custom date and time. Departure locations include the Richmond Yacht Basin, Deep Bottom Park and Dutch Gap.

Trip cost is good for up to four passengers. Additional charges for up to six passengers.

        2-Hr Tour:  $380 up to four people.  Add a fifth or sixth passenger: $40 ea.
        3-Hr Tour:  $540 up to four people.  Add a fifth or sixth passenger: $50 ea.
        Corporate & Commercial: Call for Rates


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


Top photo: Sunrise on the James, looking east over Curles Neck Swamp. --Photo by Capt. Mike Ostrander
Bottom right photo: This is Bandit, one of the resident bald eagles of the James River. She Just like all animals, eagles need to drink water and I managed to capture a photo many years ago of Bandit grabbing a couple of sips before flying off.  
--Photo by Capt. Mike Ostrander