Shad Homecoming

February 25, 2004 By: Marshall Cutchin

The Embrey Dam, built on the Rappahannock River in 1910, is no more (photos in the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star). According to this article by Rusty Dennen, “By early March, herring and shad will swim up the Chesapeake Bay and into the Rappahannock to spawn. For the first time in 151 years, they will have access to the main stem of the upper Rappahannock and Rapidan rivers above Embrey Dam, and tributaries.”