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We are officially open for the 2015 season!!

Our spring hours will vary so please call ahead to make reservations.

We are now accepting credit cards when you make your reservation.
Thanks to everyone who came out to support the SVFD at the 34th annual chili cookoff! A special thanks to all the cookers, brewers and staff for making this such a great event!

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

Current conditions last updated 9:09 A.M. 05/5/15

 

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 = poor

James River Conditions at Hatton Ferry
Average Depth = 6.5
Scedule of release as of 5/5/15: Lake elevation at 1582 (normal pool is around 1580 ft above sea level), release at 520cfs. See graph of the past week's river flow rates near Hatton Ferry.

Temp = 54 degrees
Clarity = Clearing
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. 7820 CFS

MPH (Est.) = 4.25 mph

 
 

ALBEMARLE

730 AM EDT TUE MAY 5 2015

.TODAY...MOSTLY SUNNY. ISOLATED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS THIS AFTERNOON. HIGHS IN THE MID 80S. SOUTHWEST WINDS AROUND 5 MPH. CHANCE OF RAIN 20 PERCENT. .TONIGHT...MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH SCATTERED SHOWERS WITH ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS IN THE EVENING...THEN PARTLY CLOUDY AFTER MIDNIGHT. LOWS IN THE UPPER 50S. WEST WINDS AROUND 5 MPH. CHANCE OF RAIN 30 PERCENT.

.WEDNESDAY...PARTLY SUNNY. SCATTERED SHOWERS WITH ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGHS IN THE LOWER 80S. NORTHWEST WINDS AROUND 5 MPH...BECOMING EAST IN THE AFTERNOON. CHANCE OF RAIN 50 PERCENT. .WEDNESDAY NIGHT...MOSTLY CLOUDY. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS IN THE EVENING. LOWS IN THE UPPER 50S. NORTHEAST WINDS AROUND 5 MPH. CHANCE OF RAIN 50 PERCENT.

.THURSDAY...MOSTLY CLOUDY IN THE MORNING...THEN BECOMING PARTLY SUNNY. HIGHS IN THE MID 70S. EAST WINDS AROUND 5 MPH. .THURSDAY NIGHT...MOSTLY CLOUDY. LOWS IN THE UPPER 50S. .FRIDAY...PARTLY SUNNY. HIGHS IN THE LOWER 80S. .FRIDAY NIGHT...PARTLY CLOUDY. LOWS AROUND 60. .SATURDAY...MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGHS IN THE MID 80S. .SATURDAY NIGHT...PARTLY CLOUDY. LOWS IN THE LOWER 60S. .SUNDAY...MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGHS IN THE MID 80S. .SUNDAY NIGHT...PARTLY CLOUDY. LOWS IN THE LOWER 60S. .MONDAY...MOSTLY SUNNY WITH A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS. HIGHS IN THE MID 80S. CHANCE OF RAIN 40 PERCENT.