James River Water Levels

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Flow: 8300 cfps

Trail Conditions: Richmond


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Posted In: Paddling

James River expected to crest at more than 15 feet

Phil Riggan

December 8, 2011 8:39pm

Paddler alert! The Westham gauge is showing water levels in the James River at Richmond to be more that 14.5 feet, peaking at more than 15 feet on Friday.

An ordinance requires river-goers to wear a life jacket when the water level is above 5 feet and to obtain a permit when the level is 9 feet or higher. The law allows police to fine violators and can hold them responsible for the cost of a rescue, which deters some but not all.

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.