James River Park

Richmond's Natural Playground

We are citizen stewards of the James River Park. We provide ongoing support for conservation, enhancement, and recreational enjoyment of the James River Park, while protecting its natural and historic environments.

Today in the Park


Know the river level before venturing into the James River. Life jackets are strongly recommended at all water levels due to swift currents, hazards, and unknown depths. River levels between 4 – 5.5ft are ideal for paddle sports, swimming, and other river recreation, while levels above 6ft are much more hazardous. Click on each icon to explore conditions and events in the Park today.

River Level

Check the James River levels from the Westham Gauge before your trip


The River below Richmond is affected by ocean tides

Trail Conditions

Find out if it's too muddy to bike or hike today


Plan for sun and fun, and prepare for potential rain


See what's happening in & around the Park

News from the park

  • Some Exciting Fiscal News

    Between our time in the Park for work, and our time in the Park for fun, we found time to put together and approve our FY 24 budget. Together we will have raised and spent more than $600,000 towards our work to protect, expand, and enhance the Park. 

  • Watch the Water

    A friend sent us a video he saw a few days ago. It shows a group of kayakers out for a leisurely paddle when things go horribly wrong.

  • An Earth Day Request

    This Earth Day, we are asking you to join us in our work to protect, expand, and enhance the JRPS by making a donation.

  • Thank You for a Great Wood River Run!

    This weekend about 200 of you joined us at our second iteration of the Wood River Run 5K at Pony Pasture Park. It was nice to catch up with some of you that day and we really appreciate the extra support.

  • We Have a New River Safety Program!

    The WRIC River Watch program, sponsored by Friends of the James River Park, is designed to help spread awareness about river conditions and give Richmonders the tools they need to make good decisions about when and how to recreate on the James.

    James River Park Live Cams

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    Meet Our Latest Parkstars

    Every month the Friends of James River Park features an individual, recognizing them for their outstanding contributions to the park and the organization. These are our ParkStars.

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    To report an emergency please call 911 immediately. Please use this form to report an issue in the Park such as maintenance or trail issues. Thank you.

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