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Westham Gauge
Gauge Height: 3.78'
Flow: 1590 cfps

Trail Conditions: Richmond

  • Very warm today with highs in the mid 80's. The trails are in really good shape in the area. Everything is open.

Todays Tides: Richmond Locks

High Tide: 2:42am
Low Tide: 9:42am

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6½ Helpful Hints When You’re Learning To Whitewater Kayak

Editors note: Home page photo credit Rich Young If you have the opportunity to ask a veteran whitewater kayaker, “How did you learn to paddle whitewater?” there is a good …

By Karl Schmidt | September 13, 2017 | Posted In: Paddling

FOLAR to Host the 10th Annual ‘Paddle-or-Battle’

Registration is now open for the Friends of the Lower Appomattox River’s 10th Annual Paddle-or-Battle, an opportunity for a recreational paddle or a competitive race in a canoe, kayak, or SUP …

By Andy Thompson | September 7, 2017 | Posted In: Paddling

‘James River Splash and Dash’ Returns to Downtown RVA This Saturday

This Saturday Richmonders will once again take to the James River for the 7th Annual James River Splash & Dash, presented by Swedish Match and sponsored by Riverside Outfitters. The …

By Andy Thompson | July 10, 2017 | Posted In: Paddling, Trail Running, Upcoming Events

James River Batteau Fest Bound for Goochland this Weekend

If you want to see living history floating down the James River, head out to Maiden’s Landing in Goochland County (where Rt. 522 crosses the James River) this Sunday to …

By Andy Thompson | June 22, 2017 | Posted In: Paddling

‘James River Rundown’ to Test Paddlers’ Endurance

Registration is open for the James River Association’s James River Rundown, a series of paddling races on the America’s Founding River scheduled for June 24-25, 2017 in the heart of …

By Andy Thompson | June 6, 2017 | Posted In: Paddling, Upcoming Events

Riverrock Updates: Event Just One Week Away

Dominion Riverrock and Flo Sports yesterday announced a partnership to stream the Dominion Riverrock bouldering competition live online at during the May 19-21 festival. This marks the first time that any …

By Andy Thompson | May 12, 2017 | Posted In: Mountain Biking, Paddling, Road Biking, Road running, Running, Trail Running, Upcoming Events

Must See Video: “Outdoors in the City”

Christian Wood just sent us this sweet video highlighting some of Richmond’s most popular outdoor pursuits — whitewater kayaking, mountain biking and rock climbing. It’s the kind of clip that …

By Andy Thompson | May 4, 2017 | Posted In: Climbing, James River, Mountain Biking, Paddling

Virginia State Parks Introduces New Triathlon Adventure Series

A new statewide race series — The Virginia State Parks Adventure Series presented by Appalachian Power — offers competitors a unique way to compete in triathlons in six state parks. …

By Andy Thompson | April 16, 2017 | Posted In: Mountain Biking, Paddling, Trail Running, Upcoming Events

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

New Races, Features for 2017 James River Rundown

2016 marked the third year of the James River Rundown, an annual event organized by the James River Association. The James River Rundown’s popularity has grown since the inaugural 100-mile …

By Justin Doyle | April 4, 2017 | Posted In: James River, Paddling, Upcoming Events

Coming Soon: Downtown RVA Osprey Cam

Yesterday was an exciting day on the river for For a couple of years now we’ve batted around the idea of putting a camera on an osprey or eagle …

By Andy Thompson | February 21, 2017 | Posted In: Climbing, James River, Paddling, Uncategorized

Bosher’s Dam on a SUP? This Crew Isn’t Afraid!

Local filmmaker Brandon Montijo and a crew of stud SUPers went out to Bosher’s Dam a few weeks ago to put shoot this short video. If you’re not familiar with Bosher’s …

By Andy Thompson | September 28, 2016 | Posted In: James River, Paddling

James River Expedition Sets Sail for Sixth Year

The sixth annual James River Expedition kicked off this past weekend with 27 ecologically-minded students from across Virginia’s James River basin. The educational adventure, sponsored and led by the James …

By Andy Thompson | July 12, 2016 | Posted In: James River, Paddling

Video: Riverside Outfitters Rafts the Raging James

You gotta love the crew at Riverside Outfitters — crushing it on a river swollen well past flood stage is really just a day at the office. Check out this video …

By Andy Thompson | May 11, 2016 | Posted In: James River, Paddling

Rivanna River Company Launches Saturday in C-Ville

Just a reminder that our river-loving friends down the road in Charlottesville — Rivanna River Company — kick off their inaugural season this Saturday. They are now accepting reservations for all …

By Andy Thompson | April 26, 2016 | Posted In: Paddling

Going Long for the 3rd Annual James River Rundown

When avid paddler Kevin Odberg approached the James River Association with the idea to create a long distance paddle race a few years ago, James River Association staff members jumped at …

By Andy Thompson | April 25, 2016 | Posted In: James River, Paddling

C-ville Couple Launches ‘Rivanna River Company’

This one’s a little farther afield than our usual Richmond-centric stories, but, considering how often Richmonders either pass through Charlottesville or make it their destination, I think it’s some news …

By Andy Thompson | April 5, 2016 | Posted In: Paddling

Kayaking the James in Snowmaggedon 2016

Chunky! That’s the best word to describe the James River during our kayak trip on January 25. “Look at Jack’s paddle while he’s surfing – it’s vibrating there’s so much …

By Elli Morris | January 27, 2016 | Posted In: James River, Paddling

There can only be one…King of the James!

A buzz filled the air throughout the James River Park System this fall in the weeks leading up to November 15th for the second annual King of the James.  Question’s …

By Hunter Davis | November 26, 2015 | Posted In: James River, Mountain Biking, Paddling, Trail Running

Video: Trinity Episcopal vs. Collegiate in America’s First High School SUP Race

Two weeks ago I wrote about a standup paddleboard race between Trinity Episcopal and Collegiate high schools. Race organizer and Riverside Outfitters guide Ben Moore told me he thought it …

By Andy Thompson | November 12, 2015 | Posted In: James River, Paddling