Friends of the Napa River (FONR) was established as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in early 1994. The organizers worked together through the years on many different concerns about the Napa River such as flood protection, boating, fishing, watershed restoration, trails, festivals, and riverfront development.

FONR is a diverse community group whose mission is to be “the community’s voice for the responsible protection, restoration, development and celebration of the Napa River and its watershed.”  To contact us or to become a member click here.

History of the River

The primary goal of Friends is to heighten the community’s awareness of the river as a valuable, but impaired, resource. We advocate for the Napa River at governmental meetings when decisions are being made that affect the river. We sponsor the annual River Festival featuring the Napa Valley Symphony the Sunday of Labor Day weekend. We sponsor clean-ups and watershed hikes. We have put together educational materials to help in the schools with the “Adopt a Watershed” program. This material is also available to community organizations. We participate on local committees involving water, flooding, urban and land use planning, and recreation. Many of us have been involved over the years in the planning of the flood control project in Napa witha county-wide coalition to bring the most enlightened project possible to Napa.


I think the work your organization does is so wonderful; because of you, we’re all able to enjoy all the beauty the Napa River has to offer. Thank you!
— Rhianon