What is Cape Fear River Watch?

Cape Fear River Watch (CFRW) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and improving the the water quality of the Lower Cape Fear River Basin. We advocate, educate, and stay active around environmental issues concerning the Cape Fear. We are a diverse group of people who are passionate about the Cape Fear River and its impact on the future of our region.

What does CFRW do?

We host fun events each month, rent paddleboats at Greenfield Lake, lead eco-tours, give Enviroscpae presentations to kids, and serve as an environmental presence in our community. We were named “Best Environmental Group” in 2010 and 2012!

How do I get involved?

You can become a member of CFRW! With your membership you will receive our weekly newsletter to stay on top of current events and activities. You can also volunteer – help us preserve and protect the Cape Fear River.

How much does it cost to be a member?

An individual membership costs $25.00 and family memberships are $50.00. You will also have an all-access pass to our paddle series and $15.00 kayak rentals!  You can join online today or call us for more information –  910-762-5606.

Where are you located?

We are located at 617 Surry St. Wilmington, NC 28401, by the beautiful Cape Fear River.

Do you offer internships?

Yes!  We work with local students as well as interns through the Working Abroad Program. Call or email kaylynn@cfrw.us for more information.

What kind of activities does CFRW have?

Each month we host a guest lecture, a local clean-up, and a paddle trip in our beautiful Cape Fear River Basin (March-November). Every January, we host StriperFest to raise awareness and support for fishery restoration! Other events pop up so stay tuned to our eNewsletter.

What issues is CFRW concerned about?

We feel strongly about protecting our area from dirty industries, like CAFOs.  We are a part of the Stop Titan Action Network. We raise money, study, and educate about anadromous fish of the Cape Fear River and we support building rock ramps in the Cape Fear for these pivotal migrations.

What is a rock ramp?

A rock ramp is a dam bypass for fish that allows them to reach their spawning grounds.  Rock ramps are a series of inclines, build with rocks of varying sizes, with intermittent shallow areas for fish to navigate through.

What types of animals can you see on the Cape Fear?

American alligators, turtles, fish, herons, egrets, osprey, beavers, and many more!


RIVERKEEPER® is an advocate for a body of water and its surrounding community.  Each RIVERKEEPER® is an affiliate of the Waterkeeper Alliance, a grassroots advocacy organization founded by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Each KEEPER® advocates for compliance with environmental laws, responds to complaints by citizens, identifies and remedies problems that are affecting or could potentially threaten their body of water.