Thunderbird archeological site

Did you know that Warren County had Native American residents?

That we once held a historic record?

Or that there was a Native American Museum once operating in the county with living history?


Emergency water conservation lifted in Front Royal

Emergency Water Conservation order in Front Royal has been lifted and a mandatory water conservation  is effective as of September 15th.

As of Friday, the Town observed that the South Fork of the Shenandoah River is above the 240 cubic feet per second (CFS) level but yet below 340 CFS.

The Town’s permit for water withdrawal from the river issued by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality stipulates river flow rates that require various conservation measures.

As a result of the river flow and to be in compliant with the issued withdrawal permit, all users of the Town’s municipal water system are notified to continue to observe mandatory water conservation efforts.

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SNP celebrates addition of nearly 1,000 acres

photo credit Scott Bradley Hesson with permission

Shenandoah National Park celebrated the addition of nearly 1,000 acres of land from the Shenandoah National Park Trust.

The historic donation is one of the largest ever received by the park according to the press release. 

The land was purchased in 2021 from the Bradford, Dean, and Graves families by the Trust using funds from a $3 million settlement between the Commonwealth of Virginia and  Dupont Chemical Company.

The land will be open to the public as part of the park but no trails are currently being planned as the main purpose of acquiring this land is forest preservation and to combat climate change.

The woodlands contain the headwaters of Naked Creek in the Tanners Ridge area of Page county which is home to many native plants and animal species like black bear and brook trout.

Conservation of this area also protects some of the tributaries that lead to the South Fork of the Shenandoah River which will improve the habitat for migratory birds, fish and other wildlife.

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Algal mat alert lifted in Strasburg

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The Virginia Department of Health lifted the Algal Mat alerts for the North Fork of the Shenandoah River near the Town of Strasburg for the season.

The Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Task Force suspends operation at the end of October each year as the recreational swimming season ends.

The cooling of water temperatures naturally lowers the concentration of cyanobacteria.

Suspending HAB Task Force response during the cooler months also allows for the conservation of resources to focus on peak recreational use.

The original mat alert began north of Strasburg near Route 644 and continued 11.5 miles near Route 611.

For more information on harmful algal blooms and their effects, click here.

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Algal Mat Alert for Shenandoah River

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The Virginia Department of Health and Lord Fairfax Health District issued an Algal Mat Alert by email for the North Fork of the Shenandoah River near Strasburg.

The affected area begins at Route 644 and continues for approximately 11.5 miles to Route 611 including the boat ramp at Deer Rapids and other public access points.

Signs have been posted along the shore and at those access points.

Recreation may continue in those areas as long as the algae mats can be avoided.

Pets and livestock are recommended to be kept out of the water to avoid the mats as they may cause gastrointestinal illnesses and skin rashes.

Cyanotoxins levels were below or just above detection levels and contact with the mats can release more toxins.

Consuming cyanotoxins can be fatal for animals.

No disturbances to the town’s drinking water have been observed at this time.

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River Report: 7-11-22

In our latest Shenandoah River Report, Riverkeeper Mark Frondorf has some details about this weekend’s  Riverpalooza snorkeling event on the Shenandoah. Brought to you by Front Royal Outdoors. Don Roberts can help you plan your next South Fork adventure! Visit for details!

Sports Dogs Podcast: Checking In With FR Golf Club

The Golf season is underway, and in this edition of the SDPC, we chat with Louis Nicholls of the Front Royal Golf Club, who updates you on the condition of the course, as well as other recreational activities are available to the general public. Grab your clubs, and play a few rounds this year at Front Royal Golf Club!!!


News Maker David Brotman on FNFSR Fundraiser Sat. Oct. 2

We continue talking with David Brotman Executive Director of The Friends of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River in today’s News Maker.

Today David tells us about fishing on the Shenandoah River as well as this Saturday’s Oct. 2 fundraiser.

David also tells us how the FNFSR oversees the Seven Bends State Park as well.

The good news is brought to you by the town of Front Royal.

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VDH lifts advisory of harmful algae bloom

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The Virginia Department of Health  has lifted the recreational advisory due to a harmful algae bloom on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River in Shenandoah and Warren Counties from Chapman’s Landing to Riverton. Approximately a 52  mile segment of the river was placed under a recreational advisory on August 10 due to widespread algal mats, which contained both cyanobacteria cells and toxins at elevated levels.  Virginia Department of Health remindsthe public to be aware that while the bloom appears to have dissipated based on recent observations and testing, it is possible for algal blooms to reappear when there is adequate sunlight, nutrients and warmer temperatures to make conditions favorable for algal growth.