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

Trail Conditions: Richmond

James River Park System trails are ready for your two wheels
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Todays Tides: Richmond Locks

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

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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

The ‘King of the James’ is Back This Weekend

The leaves are falling as the season turns and daylight is getting sparse. Cooler air is settling in among Virginia’s water, and the James River is getting colder. November is …

By Hunter Davis | November 10, 2015 | Posted In: James River, Mountain Biking, Paddling, Trail Running, Upcoming Events

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

Trinity, Collegiate to Battle in First-Ever High School SUP Race

If you happen to be driving past Pony Pasture tomorrow around 3:30 p.m., there’s a good chance you’ll see something no one’s ever seen before: an interscholastic standup paddleboard competition. …

By Andy Thompson | October 22, 2015 | Posted In: James River, Paddling, Upcoming Events

Video: ‘On the James with Mitch’

This awesome video features two of our favorite people: local photographer, videographer and RichmondOutside contributor Elli Morris and Riverside Outfitters raft guide/jack-of-all-trades Mitch Davis. Davis shows his skills at whitewater …

By Andy Thompson | October 15, 2015 | Posted In: James River, Paddling

Ride, Run, Paddle the Tour de Fall Line

If you run, bike or paddle on and around the James River in Central Virginia, chances are you’ve benefitted from the work of the James River Outdoor Coalition and RVA Mid-Atlantic …

By Andy Thompson | September 10, 2015 | Posted In: James River, Mountain Biking, Paddling, Trail Running, Upcoming Events

SUP: The Mag Features RVA Paddleboarding

A river-loving friend sent me a link yesterday, that I thought worth passing along. SUP: The Mag, a great resource for paddleboarders online and in paper form, posted a piece by …

By Andy Thompson | August 26, 2015 | Posted In: James River, Paddling

Sportable Athletes Kayak the James River

Silence fills the air as the interpreter signs the question, “What did you think about today?” Ronnie Nickerson rapid-fires his answers with his hands: “I like learning to paddle and …

By Elli Morris | July 28, 2015 | Posted In: Features, James River, Paddling
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