Rivanna River at Darden Towe Park

Charlottesville, Virginia

A great park for exploring. There is direct access to the water for kayaks and canoes located at the boat ramp. Although a boat ramp is a great commodity for people looking to gain access to the river, swimming is not permitted at the boat ramp itself; however, there are plenty of walks and spaces to enjoy the outdoors. As you explore the various trails hidden on the edge of the park, you'll discover hidden swimming spots perfect for cooling off. Bring a dog or your friends and check out the park's nature and the Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center.

WATER QUALITY
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on . James River Association updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
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MONITORING FREQUENCY

Rivanna River at Darden Towe Park is sampled weekly from May 26th to September 2nd

SOURCE INFORMATION

James Riverkeepers manage a water quality monitoring program covering 25 testing locations throughout the James watershed. Water samples are collected and processed for E. coli, turbidity, air/water temperature, conductivity and salinity (at brackish water sites).

James Riverkeepers collect samples every Thursday from May (Memorial Day) to September (Labor Day).

Bacterial Contamination

A beach is posted if it exceeds the following water quality standards put forward by the state:

A value =/> 235 cfu/100 mL

High bacteria levels, unsafe temperatures, or elevated river height trigger notification on the website that conditions are unsafe (www.jamesriverwatch.org).

Once bacteria results are available (approximately 24-hours after sample collection), results are immediately posted on the James River Watch website (www.jamesriverwatch.org), which informs the public of river conditions. They are also communicated through the Swim Guide app and website. Health advisories are rescinded when the above standards are met.

Monitoring Status

A beach is marked Green when a single sample result is under 235 CFU/100 mL and other conditions are relatively non-threatening.

A beach is marked Red when one consecutive single sample result is equal to or above 235 CFU/100 mL.

A beach is marked Grey if there is no current results or no available information.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH

Rivanna River at Darden Towe Park

Charlottesville, Virginia

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

A great park for exploring. There is direct access to the water for kayaks and canoes located at the boat ramp. Although a boat ramp is a great commodity for people looking to gain access to the river, swimming is not permitted at the boat ramp itself; however, there are plenty of walks and spaces to enjoy the outdoors. As you explore the various trails hidden on the edge of the park, you'll discover hidden swimming spots perfect for cooling off. Bring a dog or your friends and check out the park's nature and the Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Rivanna River at Darden Towe Park is sampled weekly from May 26th to September 2nd

SOURCE INFORMATION

James Riverkeepers manage a water quality monitoring program covering 25 testing locations throughout the James watershed. Water samples are collected and processed for E. coli, turbidity, air/water temperature, conductivity and salinity (at brackish water sites).

James Riverkeepers collect samples every Thursday from May (Memorial Day) to September (Labor Day).

Bacterial Contamination

A beach is posted if it exceeds the following water quality standards put forward by the state:

A value =/> 235 cfu/100 mL

High bacteria levels, unsafe temperatures, or elevated river height trigger notification on the website that conditions are unsafe (www.jamesriverwatch.org).

Once bacteria results are available (approximately 24-hours after sample collection), results are immediately posted on the James River Watch website (www.jamesriverwatch.org), which informs the public of river conditions. They are also communicated through the Swim Guide app and website. Health advisories are rescinded when the above standards are met.

Monitoring Status

A beach is marked Green when a single sample result is under 235 CFU/100 mL and other conditions are relatively non-threatening.

A beach is marked Red when one consecutive single sample result is equal to or above 235 CFU/100 mL.

A beach is marked Grey if there is no current results or no available information.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH



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