Tag 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 TimesDispatch.com: Continue reading


Richmond.com 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, Richmond.com

Richmond.com 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.

Rock climber falls 25 feet, medflighted from Belle Isle

A man was transported to VCU Medical Center on Sunday afternoon with serious injuries after falling about 25 feet while rock climbing on the south side of Belle Isle, according to a report in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. A fire official said the call came in around 1:30 p.m. Virginia State Police assisted with the rescue. The man was loaded into a rescue basket and transported by MedFlight to VCU.

If the report is true, that he was on the south side, he was likely not climbing in a bouldered area where safety equipment and rope holds are in place.