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Westham Gauge
Gauge Height: 5.95'
Flow: 8070 cfps
Above 5' life jacket required

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Todays Tides: Richmond Locks

High Tide: 3:48am
Low Tide: 11:06am

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Much to See, Do at Appomattox Riverfest

On Saturday, April 29th the Friends of the Lower Appomattox River will stage the 3rd annual Appomattox RiverFest (with co-sponsor Fort Lee). This day long family event is great for nature lovers, birders, …

By Andy Thompson | April 13, 2017 | Posted In: Birding, Environment, Fishing, Greenways, Paddling, Upcoming Events

Tight Lines, Good Times at the Va. Fly Fishing Festival

The Virginia Fly Fishing and Wine Festival returns to Central Virginia on April 8th and 9th at Meadow Event Park in Doswell. The largest event of its kind in the …

By Chris Siess | April 1, 2017 | Posted In: Fishing, Upcoming Events

Voting for Green Spaces in Henrico

In the Op/Ed section of Tuesday’s Times-Dispatch, Sports Backers Executive Director Jon Lugbill clues us in to something all Henrico voters should keep an eye out for in the ballot …

By Andy Thompson | November 2, 2016 | Posted In: Birding, Environment, Fishing, Greenways, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Trail Running

Here’s Your Chance to See a Dinosaur Jump Out of the Water

It’s that time of year again — time for the James River’s Atlantic sturgeon subspecies (or at least many of them) to swim from the ocean into our beloved river …

By Andy Thompson | August 30, 2016 | Posted In: Fishing

Local High Schooler to Stage James River Charity Fishing Tourney

There are some pretty cool kids bouncing around Richmond. Kids that are passionate about a particular corner of the world they live in. Take Nick Fowler. Born and raised here, …

By Andy Thompson | May 16, 2016 | Posted In: Fishing, Upcoming Events

48 Hours

The current of life is unrelenting in an East Coast metropolis. Even as I vainly grasp for an isolated moment, the urgent flow pulls my attention downstream. In full servitude …

By Scott Turner | May 10, 2016 | Posted In: Features, Fishing

JRA, Tycoon Tackle Partner to Create Fishing Rods, Protect the James River

If you’re looking for a new fishing rod and you fish the James River regularly, you’re in luck. The James River Association has partnered with Waynesboro-based Tycoon Tackle, Inc. to …

By Andy Thompson | November 4, 2015 | Posted In: Fishing, James River

Tuckahoe Creek Park to be Completed by April

Years ago, I wrote a column in the Times-Dispatch about Tuckahoe Creek on the Henrico/Goochland line, describing it as a hidden gem more accessible for wildlife than humans. Well, it …

By Andy Thompson | October 30, 2015 | Posted In: Environment, Fishing, Hiking, Paddling

Fly Fishing the James River

The dog days of summer are here and while the sun has been scorching of late, the fly fishing around Richmond and central Virginia has been hot too! If you …

By Chris Siess | September 1, 2015 | Posted In: Features, Fishing, James River

‘Friends’ report: JRPS usage dwarfs other area attractions

If you’re a James River Park System user, you might already know about the Friends of the James River Park and the regular newsletter they send out. It’s full of valuable information …

By Andy Thompson | December 4, 2014 | Posted In: Birding, Climbing, Fishing, Hiking, James River, Mountain Biking, Paddling, Trail Running

‘Tour of Richmond,’ bass legend Mike Iaconelli highlight the weekend preview

This time of year, sometimes I look at the calendar and wonder how much sleep Sports Backers employees get. Back in late August, the group helped put on the growing …

By Andy Thompson | October 2, 2014 | Posted In: Fishing, Road Biking, Road running, Trail Running

Counters show sky-high James River Park usage

Back in late May, I reported on the installation of counters — vehicle and infrared — at seven different units of the James River Park. The counters were made possible …

By Andy Thompson | September 4, 2014 | Posted In: Birding, Climbing, Fishing, Hiking, James River, Mountain Biking, Paddling, Running, Trail Running

Sturgeon tours offer a glimpse of ‘living dinosaurs’

I’m not sure you could find two people that know the tidal James River better than Mike Ostrander and Matt Balazik. Ostrander, owner of Discover The James, offers guided catfishing, …

By Andy Thompson | August 29, 2014 | Posted In: Fishing, James River

Summer Roadtrip Series: York River State Park

Last time our Summer Roadtrip Series took us to The Falls of the Nottoway River, a sweet natural rock slide and swimming hole destination about an hour southwest of Richmond. …

By Andy Thompson | August 14, 2014 | Posted In: Fishing, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Paddling, Upcoming Events

After 80 years, the Appomattox River flows free again

Two weeks ago I posted some pictures of work progressing on the removal of the Harvell Dam. At that time a “concrete muncher” was munching away on a section of …

By Andy Thompson | July 28, 2014 | Posted In: Fishing, Paddling

Snorkel outing at ‘Pipeline’ turns up usual, unusual suspects

When Jon Billman was in town two summers ago to write the Outside Magazine cover story on Richmond, Chris Hull, Pat Calvert and I took him down to the Pipeline …

By Andy Thompson | July 22, 2014 | Posted In: Fishing, James River

Damnation: Appomattox River loses a major impediment

Around noon today I headed down to Petersburg to check out the progress on the removal of the Harvell Dam on the Appomattox River. The dam has been there since …

By Andy Thompson | July 15, 2014 | Posted In: Fishing, Paddling

Petersburg’s Harvell Dam to come down next week

Work is underway to remove the Harvell Dam on the Appomattox River — with removal of the concrete spillway scheduled to begin on Tuesday, July 15. As the first obstruction …

By Andy Thompson | July 11, 2014 | Posted In: Fishing, Paddling

Striper fishing the James River…in July

Nothing like striper fishing on the James in July! Dave Vladimirou, friend of the program and topwater angler extraordinaire, sent me this picture on Sunday night. It’s the smaller of …

By Andy Thompson | July 9, 2014 | Posted In: Fishing, James River

Downtown RVA: Striper city

I simultaneously love and hate when buddies text me pictures of fish they’ve just caught. I love it for obvious reasons: “Dude, nice fish!” But it also makes me insanely …

By Andy Thompson | May 13, 2014 | Posted In: Fishing
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