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Today in the Park
Are you heading to the park today? Then you may want to take a look below. For more in-depth info about locations and parking or park rules and safety, go to Getting there »
From the U.S. Geological Survey site, upriver in Cartersville, the closest official temperature gauge. The James in Richmond will be within a few degrees of this site. Check the temps »
Water Level, Actual
Call (804) 646-8228, x 4, for water-level information. Or scroll down to James River, Westham Gauge on this U.S. Geological Survey page. Check the water level »
Water Level, Predicted
From the National Weather Service River levels and predictions for the James River, Westham gauge. Check predicted water levels »
When Do I Need a Lifejacket or a Permit?
By law, when water levels are at 5 feet and above at the Westham Gauge, everyone on the river must wear a lifejacket. When water levels are at 9 feet or above, no one is allowed on the river without a permit. To get a high water permit from Richmond Fire Station 1, call (804) 646-4229.
Winter at the river
Whether there is snow on the ground or not, the James River Park is a winter wonderland. Look for the swans on the river and a red fox on the trail. You'll be surprised at who is still out and about in the cold. Photo by by Rich Young
Photo by by Rich Young
For a comprehensive weather report, visit the National Weather Service Richmond page »