Discover the James


Welcome to Discover the James

Discover the James is your source for adventures on the James River in and around Richmond, Virginia. Our focus is to educate and inspire while viewing wildlife and history on the river or during our fishing trips. The James, in many ways, is as it has been for 15,000 years, but to find it you have to look and listen to the elements around you. shares our adventures of this historic river through text, images and stories.  Discover the majesty of the river through an Eagle Tour or enjoy the tranquility of fishing the James River for sunfish, catfish or shad. We offer public and private tours for our wildife and history based tours, while all of our fishing trips are private tours.  All tours are good for up to six passengers.  

Call or email with questions or to book an outing. 


For more information or to book an excursion:
Contact Capt Mike at 804-938-2350 or


Top Photo: This photographic collage is a mixture of "Varina", a resident bald eagle, and the evening moon", along with Capt. John Smith's map of 1612. The photo of Varina was taken by Lynda Richardson during a Bald Eagle Tour. Varina was perched on the top of a tree, and luckily, the evening moon was setting in the southwestern sky, offering up the perfect background. --Photo by Lynda Richardson, Collage by Discover the James 

Above, left photo: A Discover the James favorite from our "kids & fishing" photos. This young angler just caught his first fish EVER and neeedless to say, he was an excited new angler! This shining moment of his "first fish" ... captured forever ... there's nothing better! --Photo by Discover the James