James River Water Levels

Westham Gauge
Gauge Height: 4.42'
Flow: 3170 cfps

Trail Conditions: Richmond


Todays Tides: Richmond Locks

High Tide: 6:18am
Low Tide: 1:30pm

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James River to become real “Flood Zone”

April 29, 2014 12:33pm

Years ago, in a former life, I wrote a column for the Times-Dispatch about taking in the grandeur of a James River flood in Richmond. I remember getting a lot of responses to that piece. Going down to places like Pony Pasture or Reedy Creek or the Pipeline during high-water events seemed to resonate with people, and it’s is still one of my favorite things to do — which is why I offer the below as a public service announcement. If you’ve never seen the river rushing over the Pipeline during a flood or taken in its power from the Floodwall or Belle Isle, this is a very good chance. There are only a few of these a year.

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About Andy Thompson

I was the Outdoors Columnist at the Times-Dispatch from 2007 to 2013, writing twice a week about mountain biking, fishing, hunting, paddling and much more. I live a 1/4 mile from the James River, close enough to see bald eagles soaring over my house on their way to find a meal. Pretty cool, eh?