James River Water Levels

Westham Gauge
Gauge Height: 5.93'
Flow: 8000 cfps

Trail Conditions: Richmond


Todays Tides: Richmond Locks

High Tide: 5:48am
Low Tide: 1:12pm

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High water = Very active day at the James

Phil Riggan

December 11, 2011 8:09am

It was a big Saturday on the James River as volunteers and James River Park staffers continued to make improvements all around the park.

Volunteers at Pony Pasture, Dec. 10, 2011More than 50 people from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Friends of James River Park volunteered at Pony Pasture, removing invasive species and planting Virginia bluebells and Dutchman’s breeches. The James was lapping at the top steps of the takeout at Pony Pasture, but the interior of the park was not affected.

There were plenty onlookers watching kayakers brave the huge waves and surfing at Z-Dam. Riverside Drive was packed. 

Nathan Burrell working on Reedy Creek takeoutDown at Reedy Creek takeout, the water was too high to continue preparing the ramp for this week’s scheduled concrete pouring, but park staffers continued to prepare the takeout by moving granite boulders to protect and beautiful the upper area. Plenty of kayakers continued to jump into the James to take on the lower run past Hollywood Rapids and Pipeline down to 14th Street.

Although I didn’t get to check in on them, volunteers with the mountain bike trail building group Richmond MORE continued to work down at Belle Isle, making some upgrades to the Lost Trail.

About Phil Riggan

He's been a part of Richmond's outdoors since moving to Richmond in 1988. Earned a master’s degree in Urban Planning at VCU in 2015 with a focus on the environment, parks, transportation and nonprofits — largely due to his dedication to becoming part of the solution to advocate for outdoor initiatives, the James River and Richmond’s great parks and recreational amenities. Now works as a transportation planner with the Richmond Regional Transportation Planning Organization, focusing primarily on bike/ped planning.