James River Water Levels

Westham Gauge
Gauge Height: 9.85'
Flow: 27600 cfps

Trail Conditions: Richmond


Todays Tides: Richmond Locks

High Tide: 1:30am
Low Tide: 8:30am

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Riverrock kicks off in style

May 17, 2014 11:43am

The RichmondOutside.com team went down to Brown’s Island to check out the Riverrock festivities yesterday evening. The place was packed, especially as it got closer to the Infamous Stringdusters taking the stage. The river was beginning to rage — it should get up above moderate flood stage today — which makes us extremely excited about today’s kayak and SUP events. They will go on as planned, though participants are going to have to obtain permits from the city to be on the river.

The Infamous Stringdusters in action. Credit: Steve Astrop

The Infamous Stringdusters in action. Credit: Steve Astrop

We strolled through the sponsors booths and talked to Justin Doyle with the James River Association and Max Hepp-Buchanan with Bike Walk RVA. They’re both over in the Historic Tredegar parking lot. If you find yourself in that area, check out the huge poster he has detailing the city’s mostly-complete bike master plan. There’s a lot of good information there for how a Richmond might look with more bike friendly city streets.

We also had a chat with our friends at the Blue Sky Fund and First Descents, both really cool non-profits — the first local, the second national —  focusing on kids and the outdoors. Stop by their booths to find out more, if you get the chance. Another place to check out a few booths over from Blue Sky is Green Life Adventure Sports. The Norfolk-based outdoor gear and apparel retailer is opening a Richmond branch in the West End in August. Look for their advertisement here at RichmondOutside.com starting in July.

And, of course, if you’re heading out to take in the sights and sounds on Brown’s Island today, download the RichmondOutside.com-produced Riverrock app on your smartphone. iPhone users click here to download. Android users click here.


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?