Maury River at Ben Salem Wayside

Lexington, Virginia

This area has plenty of space for recreational use - people come here for sports, picnicking, and hanging out with friends. The Maury River runs through a wooded section, and there is a place for parking so people can access this spot. Additionally, there is a boat ramp that can be used to explore the water. Restrooms are nearby for convenience.

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • Met water quality standards less than 60% of the time

  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on September 2nd, 2022. 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 2nd, 2022 at 4:44 PM.
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Monitoring Frequency

Maury River at Ben Salem Wayside is sampled weekly from June 11th 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.

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Water Quality Graph

Maury River at Ben Salem Wayside

Lexington, Virginia

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • Met water quality standards less than 60% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on September 2nd, 2022. 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 2nd, 2022 at 4:44 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  

This area has plenty of space for recreational use - people come here for sports, picnicking, and hanging out with friends. The Maury River runs through a wooded section, and there is a place for parking so people can access this spot. Additionally, there is a boat ramp that can be used to explore the water. Restrooms are nearby for convenience.

Monitoring Frequency

Maury River at Ben Salem Wayside is sampled weekly from June 11th 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.

Read more
Water Quality Graph

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