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JRR is OPEN and taking reservations for the 2014 season!
Please be sure to call ahead for reservations and the most up to date conditions!

We are now accepting credit cards when you make your reservation.
James River Runners is now CLOSED for the 2014 season. We would like to thank all of our patrons for making it another great season and we look forward to seeing all of you on the water again next spring!!

We look forward to seeing you on the water!
434-286-2338

Current conditions last updated 9:31 A.M. 10/1/14

 

Paddlers' ability may vary - we run when the river level is 5.8 feet (near 6000 cubic feet per second flow rate) or lower, as long as the combination of water temperature and forecasted air temperature will be 110 degrees or more, and as long as there is no impending severe weather. Rafting will run at slightly higher levels but requires 4 or 5 people per raft. Inner tubes will go out as long as the combination of air temperature and water temperature is at least 150 degrees and river levels are at or below 5.5 feet (up to 5.8 feet for strong swimmers only). The conditions listed below will inform the public of the possibility of equipment rentals on The James River.
River runners are forewarned that red conditions indicate high river flow periods or bad weather conditions and are advised to avoid river activities.
Beginners and novices should avoid The James River whenever water temperatures go below 55 degrees and during the cold winter months.
NO jumping or diving on ANY trip and all participants MUST be capable swimmers. There is NO trespassing allowed on Rock Island (just downstream from Warren).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here for link to Directions for those who have their own inner tubes and need to park.

Notice of disclaimer: The James River changes constantly and clarity,depth, etc. can be altered significantly after this report is issued. The reporter assumes no liability for the accuracy of the following condition report after it is released.
Blue = Lower than average levels...watch for rocks...shallow water! (Below 3.2 Feet)
NOTE: last trip goes at 1:30PM at Blue (or lower Green) levels, no rafts.
Green = Average levels
(3.2 to 4.8 Feet)
No rafts below 3.5 Feet
Yellow = Above average H2O....CAUTION!
Trips are faster. (4.9 to 5.9 Feet)
Red = High H2O, large volume, bad weather......NO GO! ( 6 Feet and above)

See James River level archives
Current Conditions Are
BLUE
Recreational water levels are optimal between 3.5 and 4.8 feet.
Click here for a view of the river today!

Rental Conditions
Now Open for rentals, subject to river levels, weather conditions, and water temperatures

Canoeing, Kayaking = Not Running
Rafting Conditions =Not Running
Tubing Conditions = Not Running
Fishing Conditions = Good

James River Conditions at Hatton Ferry
Average Depth = 2.9
Scedule of release as of 9/27/14: Lake elevation at 1582 (normal pool is around 1580 ft above sea level), release at 240cfs. See graph of the past week's river flow rates near Hatton Ferry.

Temp = 64 degrees
Clarity = Clear
Average CFS (a measure of volume as a result of flow in cubic feet per second, ie: width x depth x foot flow per second) = approx. 1070 CFS

MPH (Est.) = 1.25 mph

 
 

ALBEMARLE- 1030 AM EDT SAT SEP 27 2014
.REST OF TODAY...SUNNY. HIGHS IN THE UPPER 70S. NORTHEAST WINDS 5 TO 10 MPH. .TONIGHT...MOSTLY CLEAR. LOWS IN THE LOWER 50S. NORTHEAST WINDS AROUND 5 MPH IN THE EVENING...BECOMING LIGHT AND VARIABLE. .
SUNDAY...SUNNY. HIGHS AROUND 80. LIGHT AND VARIABLE WINDS... BECOMING SOUTHEAST AROUND 5 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON. .SUNDAY NIGHT...PARTLY CLOUDY IN THE EVENING...THEN MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF RAIN AFTER MIDNIGHT. LOWS AROUND 60. LIGHT AND VARIABLE WINDS. CHANCE OF RAIN 30 PERCENT. .
MONDAY...MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 40 PERCENT CHANCE OF RAIN. HIGHS IN THE MID 70S. LIGHT AND VARIABLE WINDS. .MONDAY NIGHT...MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 40 PERCENT CHANCE OF RAIN. LOWS IN THE MID 50S. .
TUESDAY...PARTLY SUNNY. HIGHS IN THE LOWER 70S. .TUESDAY NIGHT...PARTLY CLOUDY. LOWS IN THE MID 50S. .
WEDNESDAY...PARTLY SUNNY. HIGHS IN THE MID 70S. .WEDNESDAY NIGHT...PARTLY CLOUDY. LOWS IN THE MID 50S. .
THURSDAY...PARTLY SUNNY. HIGHS IN THE MID 70S. .THURSDAY NIGHT...MOSTLY CLOUDY. LOWS IN THE UPPER 50S. .
FRIDAY...MOSTLY CLOUDY. HIGHS IN THE LOWER 70S.