Category Archives: Belle Isle

Man rescued near at Belle Isle, found clinging to Lee Bridge

It is officially river-rescue season. Two women had to be pulled picked up by motor boat Friday morning after being stranded due to higher water levels and then a man needed to be rescued Sunday afternoon near Belle Isle. According to a report on Continue reading

Advertisements takes a look at darker past of Belle Isle

Beneath the concrete expanse of the Robert E. Lee Bridge sits a small island with a bloody past.

Credit: Anna Waddelove, has a story from Anna Waddelove who lists herself as a newcomer to Richmond and someone that is “interested in all things Richmond.” I love to see newcomers discovering the history of Richmond and especially history when it involves the James River: Continue reading

Who left their chest of drawers at Belle Isle?

Chest of drawers left at Belle Isle on the Southside RocksSomebody took the time to haul a chest of drawers (bureau or dresser, if you prefer) to the Southside Rocks at Belle Isle and left it just below the ladder at the VEPCO dam.  You want it? Act now! This valuable piece of furniture may not survive the weekend with all the expected warm weather and the influx of visitors hitting Belle Isle now that spring is almost here.

Belle Isle celebrates first big day of ‘river season’

First real big warm day at Belle Isle in 2011The vernal equinox and the official arrival of spring is a couple of days away, but spring has already begun at Belle Isle. River season! With the temperature in the lower 80s and the sun shining, the time for hanging out on the rocks has hit Richmond. Continue reading

RIVER RANT: Fencing off south side rock wall at Belle Isle?

The rocks on the south side are not bouldered and there is no safety equipment and rope holds in placeA man was transported by MedFlight to VCU Medical Center on February 27 with serious injuries after falling about 25 feet while rock climbing on the south side of Belle Isle. Continue reading

Caught on tape: Albino python prowls at Belle Isle

Snake in the James River at Belle Isle

Credit: NBC12

A Richmond man on Belle Isle shot video of an eight-foot long albino snake, perhaps a python, as it slithered in the James River, according to NBC12’s Tara Morgan.  The snake was someone’s pet and the owner let it loose for a while Sunday, freaking out some onlookers. Was it legal? The NBC12 said:

According to Richmond Parks and Recreation, there’s no regulation against bringing a snake-like that into a city park but once you let go of that reptile you’re breaking state law and it could lead to jail time. It’s against state law for reptile owners to knowingly allow them to run at large or in this case slither.

Huge granite boulder falls at Belle Isle quarry

Huge hunk of granite drops from Belle Isle quarry wallBy Phil Riggan – James River News Hub

A huge boulder has fallen from the sheer rock wall at the climbing area at the Belle Isle quarry. It likely happened in the past two weeks as a result of the recent extreme swings in temperature. The part of the boulder that had been hidden within the granite bedrock for millions of years was the whitest granite I’ve ever seen.

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