Pony Pasture - James River

Richmond, Virginia

Pony Pasture Park is a great section of the James for multiple water recreation purposes. There are multiple shaded walking trails with some little-known swimming areas. Pony Pasture has a boat ramp for paddlers to access the class 1 and 2 rapids, but swimming at the ramp is not permitted. There are bathrooms and a large parking lot.

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is essential right now. Follow the advice of the health experts. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Heading to the beach should only be considered an option if social distancing practices can be followed. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter the efforts to curb the virus’ spread.

For more information, please visit the World Health Organization public resource on COVID-19.

Water Quality
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time

  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on September 3th, 2020. James River Association updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on September 4th, 2020 at 5:01 PM.
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Monitoring Frequency

Pony Pasture - James River is sampled weekly from May 21st to September 7th.

Source Information

James River Association manages the James River Watch program - a water quality monitoring initiative covering locations throughout the James watershed. Partners from across Virginia support and contribute valuable data to the program, including Rivanna Conservation Alliance, American Water, Virginia State University, Peninsula Master Naturalists, Twin River Outfitters, Riverside Outfitters, Henricopolis Soil and Water Conservation District and Appomattox River Company.

Water samples are collected and processed for fecal coliform bacteria, turbidity, air/water temperature, conductivity and salinity (at brackish water sites). Once bacteria results are available (approximately 24-hours after sample collection), results are immediately posted on the James River Watch website (www.jamesriverwatch.org) and on the Swim Guide to inform the public of river conditions.

Samples are collected every Thursday from May (Memorial Day) to September (Labor Day). A station is posted red if it exceeds safe swimming condition threholds for fecal coliform bacteria. The Virginia swimming standards are: >or= 235 cfu/100 mL (Freshwater stations); >or= 104 cfu/100mL (Brackish stations).

High bacteria levels and/or elevated river heights can trigger an unsafe notification at www.jamesriverwatch.org.

Water Quality Graph

Pony Pasture - James River

Richmond, Virginia

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is essential right now. Follow the advice of the health experts. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Heading to the beach should only be considered an option if social distancing practices can be followed. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter the efforts to curb the virus’ spread.

For more information, please visit the World Health Organization public resource on COVID-19.

Water Quality
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on September 3th, 2020. James River Association updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on September 4th, 2020 at 5:01 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  

Pony Pasture Park is a great section of the James for multiple water recreation purposes. There are multiple shaded walking trails with some little-known swimming areas. Pony Pasture has a boat ramp for paddlers to access the class 1 and 2 rapids, but swimming at the ramp is not permitted. There are bathrooms and a large parking lot.

Monitoring Frequency

Pony Pasture - James River is sampled weekly from May 21st to September 7th.

Source Information

James River Association manages the James River Watch program - a water quality monitoring initiative covering locations throughout the James watershed. Partners from across Virginia support and contribute valuable data to the program, including Rivanna Conservation Alliance, American Water, Virginia State University, Peninsula Master Naturalists, Twin River Outfitters, Riverside Outfitters, Henricopolis Soil and Water Conservation District and Appomattox River Company.

Water samples are collected and processed for fecal coliform bacteria, turbidity, air/water temperature, conductivity and salinity (at brackish water sites). Once bacteria results are available (approximately 24-hours after sample collection), results are immediately posted on the James River Watch website (www.jamesriverwatch.org) and on the Swim Guide to inform the public of river conditions.

Samples are collected every Thursday from May (Memorial Day) to September (Labor Day). A station is posted red if it exceeds safe swimming condition threholds for fecal coliform bacteria. The Virginia swimming standards are: >or= 235 cfu/100 mL (Freshwater stations); >or= 104 cfu/100mL (Brackish stations).

High bacteria levels and/or elevated river heights can trigger an unsafe notification at www.jamesriverwatch.org.

Water Quality Graph

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