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James River Runners is now CLOSED for the 2015 season.
We would like to thank all of our patrons for another great season of Fun, Sun and Water!

Thank you for a great year on the river and we look forward to seeing you next spring. We will reopen March 1, 2016 and start taking reservations then.

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Current conditions last updated 10:18 A.M. 09/30/15

 

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 RED
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 = 11.8
Schedule of release as of 9/30/15: 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 = 65 degrees
Clarity = Muddy
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. 24900 CFS

MPH (Est.) = 5mph

 
 

ALBEMARLE- 730 AM EDT WED SEP 30 2015 .

TODAY...MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 30 PERCENT CHANCE OF SHOWERS. HIGHS IN THE UPPER 70S. WEST WINDS AROUND 5 MPH...BECOMING NORTH THIS AFTERNOON. .TONIGHT...MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 30 PERCENT CHANCE OF RAIN. LOWS IN THE MID 50S. NORTH WINDS 5 TO 10 MPH. .
THURSDAY...CLOUDY. RAIN LIKELY...MAINLY IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGHS IN THE LOWER 60S. NORTH WINDS 5 TO 10 MPH. CHANCE OF RAIN 60 PERCENT. .THURSDAY NIGHT...RAIN...MAINLY AFTER MIDNIGHT. LOWS IN THE LOWER 50S. NORTH WINDS AROUND 10 MPH. CHANCE OF RAIN 80 PERCENT. .
FRIDAY...RAIN. RAIN MAY BE HEAVY AT TIMES. HIGHS IN THE UPPER 50S. NORTH WINDS 10 TO 15 MPH. CHANCE OF RAIN 90 PERCENT. .FRIDAY NIGHT...RAIN. RAIN MAY BE HEAVY AT TIMES. LOWS IN THE LOWER 50S. CHANCE OF RAIN 90 PERCENT. .
SATURDAY...RAIN. HIGHS IN THE LOWER 60S. CHANCE OF RAIN 80 PERCENT. .SATURDAY NIGHT...RAIN LIKELY. LOWS IN THE UPPER 50S. CHANCE OF RAIN 70 PERCENT. .
SUNDAY...RAIN LIKELY. HIGHS IN THE MID 60S. CHANCE OF RAIN 70 PERCENT. .SUNDAY NIGHT...MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 50 PERCENT CHANCE OF RAIN. LOWS IN THE UPPER 50S. .
MONDAY...PARTLY SUNNY WITH A 50 PERCENT CHANCE OF RAIN. HIGHS IN THE UPPER 60S. .MONDAY NIGHT...MOSTLY CLOUDY. LOWS IN THE LOWER 50S. .
TUESDAY...MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGHS IN THE UPPER 60S.