Head Waters of the James

The Jackson and Cowpasture Rivers converge in northern Botetourt County to form Virginia's greatest river, the James River. These headwaters--called the Upper James--provide some of the finest canoeing and freshwater fishing available in Virginia. A 16-mile stretch of the James River between Eagle Rock and Springwood is the only part of the James River that has been designated a Virginia Scenic River.  The James is renowned for its smallmouth fishing, and the 45-mile stretch that winds its way through Botetourt is becoming one of the most popular muskie sections of water in the state. The river also offers excellent rock bass, bream and catfish fishing.