James River Fishing Pier Reopens in Newport News

A section of the new James River Fishing Pier in Newport News is finally open today after  being closed since December 2013 for repairs.

The ribbon cutting ceremony was this morning at 10:30 a.m. to ring in the summer fishing season and welcome people onto Phase I of the new pier, which extends 900 feet into the river.

Phase I of this project is scheduled to be officially completed in August and will include a 1,252 foot pier, floating dock and gangway. Phase II is planned to extend the pier a projected additional 1,400 feet.

The pier is located adjacent to Huntington Park at 7601 River Rd. It is licensed and no additional fishing license is needed to use the facility. A concession and bait stand will be open and other amenities will be added as the continued rebuilding occurs.

The first fishing pier was part of the original James River Bridge. In 1928, the original James River Bridge opened connecting Newport News and Isle of Wight County. At the time, it was the world’s longest bridge when it was constructed at 4.8 miles. After almost 50 years, the original bridge was replaced in 1975 with the current one and approximately 3,000 feet of the original bridge on the Newport News side became a fishing pier.

For more places to fish around Hampton Roads, check our the hrScene Fishing Guide!