Welcome to Friends of the Ventura River

“There is something special about a river.  It has been someplace and has somewhere to go.”

The Friends of the Ventura River is a coalition of community groups and individuals who are working to protect and enhance the Ventura River watershed to ensure sustainability and enrich our quality of life.

The coalition was formed in 2010 to build community support for the Ventura River Parkway as a long-term solution to ongoing problems with trash, human waster and other issues affecting our water quality and habitat within the Ventura River Watershed. For the past 3 years we have focused on the advancement of the Ventura River Parkway as a means to reconnect with the river and transform it into a community asset for all to enjoy.

This website is a place for friends to post their ideas, concerns, and activities and provide for a community forum about the river in our backyard.  It also serves to provide transparency and to preserve the history of many of the recurring problems in the Ventura River Watershed, hopefully to guide us in making better decisions today & in the future.

The Ventura River Parkway Map (First edition) is available at Patagonia, Real Cheap Sports, surf shops, Ventura Bike Depot, Ventura Parks & Rec, State Parks, Ventura Vistor’s Bureau, REI in Oxnard & Santa Barbara, The Mob Shop in Ojai & some other locations.   Get your hands on one & start exploring!  http://friendsofventurariver.org/the-map/

The Ventura River Parkway Trail is now designated as a National Recreation Trail !


The Ventura River Parkway Trail was dedicated on June 7, 2014 as a National Recreation Trail!  Our national, state and local representatives were on hand for the dedication ceremony.  Certificates recognizing our National Recreation Trail status were presented to the City of Ventura and County of Ventura from the National Park Service.  Big THANK YOUs to Julia Brownley, Hannah-Beth Jackson, Das Williams, Brian Brennan, Ron Van Dyke and Carl Morehouse for their assistance and support in achieving this milestone as well as to many others who supported Friends’ efforts to make this dream a reality. Special recognition and thanks to Mark Capelli for his tireless efforts on behalf of the Ventura River. Additional appreciation to Patrick Johnston for his invaluable work in creating our Ventura RIver Parkway map.  Hats off to the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy for organizing today’s event at their beautiful Big Rock Preserve.

NEXT FRIENDS MEETING is yet to be scheduled.  The meeting date will be posted when available.  Meeting agenda will be posted to Facebook and our blog when available.

Ventura River Watershed:  existing conditions, data, habitat and continuing planning efforts.

Birdwatching along the Ventura River:  Some birds you can see


  • in Ventura River Water Quality testing by volunteering for Stream Team, which meets monthly for volunteer water quality monitoring on the Ventura River.  Contact Ben at Santa Barbara Channelkeeper, (805) 563-3377 ext. 3  or e-mail: ben@sbck.org

SUPPORT our Friends Coalition members‘ work on the Ventura River Parkway and other projects to benefit our community.


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