Russell Fork - Bartlick Bridge (VA 611) to Garden Hole Road (Breaks Park)


Russell Fork, Virginia, US

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Bartlick Bridge (VA 611) to Garden Hole Road (Breaks Park) (Upper Russell fork)

Usual Difficulty II-III+ (for normal flows)

20 Stitches


20 Stitches
Photo of Daniel Grimes by Barry Grimes taken Oct-99 @ 900 cfs

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Russell Fork Gorge
virtual-6393 400 - 1500 cfs II-III+ 00h18m 85 cfs (too low)


River Description


Dan Grimes in bottom hole of 20 Stiches Rapid Oct.2001

The Russell Fork from Bartlick Bridge to Garden Hole makes for a nice intermediate whitewater paddle for those not comfortable running the more challenging Russell Fork Gorge section. There are several nice rapids in the Bartlick to Garden Hole reach which is sometimes run in conjunction with stretch from the Flannagan Dam on the Pound River tributary during the annual fall whitewater releases every weekend in October.

Check out the RussellFork.info for a wealth of info & photos.

Shuttle Directions

Garden Hole Takeout:
Driving east from the Breaks Interstate Park on VA80 look for the gravel Garden Hole Rd on your right. This is a steep in spots road (2-wheel drive is ok but if it's raining the mud might make it interesting for some) that is often used as a putin for the RF Gorge section.

Bartlick Putin:
Following VA80 east towards Haysi,VA look for VA611 on the right about 5-6miles past the Breaks Park. follow VA611 till it crosses the Russell Fork at the Bartlick Bridge.

Haysi Putin:

Stay on VA80 into Haysi. Do not turn off the road (VA80 veers away in downtown) and follow the river through downtown. The road continues on river right past downtown, parking is about a half mile from downtown on the left side of the road across from an appliance store.


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2009-08-17 18:07:53

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Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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October 22 2014 (704 days ago)
Richard HopleyDetails
Oct. 18, 2014. The Haysi gauge read 401 CFS. We put on behind the pharmacy in Haysi and had plenty
of water down to the confluence with the Pound. This gave us about 2 1/4 more river miles than
putting on at Flannagan Dam. We missed the surf spot where the Pound takes that sharp left turn,
but we gained two blind ledges and several Class II or II+ rapids, so it was a much more full river
day that putting on at the dam, with a far, far shorter shuttle. Below the Pound we had 1200 CFS
and all the rapids were a little washed out, a little less technical, and a little less interesting
than at the ~800 CFS release with nothing coming in from natural flow. -Oci-One Kanubi
June 26 2007 (3380 days ago)
Andrea JonesDetails
In October, 2006, the RF in Haysi was running around 700-800 cfs, which put about 1200 cfs into the
Gorge with the output from the Pound river (they reduced the normal flow). We putin outside of
Haysi, and had a very nice run (class II-III with two 3-4+ ft ledges back-to-back that were a
little bony). We took out at Garden Hole after running the usual section from Bartlick bridge on
down. It made for a trip of about 8 miles or so that was very enjoyable and very much preferable to
the Pound river.


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Events

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October 2016

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Russell Fork Release
09:30 am -3:30 pm est
Target flows are 1100 cfs (800 cfs plus Russell Fork flows) not to exceed 1300 cfs at the Bartlick gage. 800-800 cfs

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Russell Fork Release
09:30 am -3:30 pm est
Target flows are 1100 cfs (800 cfs plus Russell Fork flows) not to exceed 1300 cfs at the Bartlick gage. 800-800 cfs

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Russell Fork Release
09:30 am -3:30 pm est
Target flows are 1100 cfs (800 cfs plus Russell Fork flows) not to exceed 1300 cfs at the Bartlick gage. 800-800 cfs

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Russell Fork Release
09:30 am -3:30 pm est
Target flows are 1100 cfs (800 cfs plus Russell Fork flows) not to exceed 1300 cfs at the Bartlick gage. 800-800 cfs

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Russell Fork Release
09:30 am -3:30 pm est
Target flows are 1100 cfs (800 cfs plus Russell Fork flows) not to exceed 1300 cfs at the Bartlick gage. 800-800 cfs

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Russell Fork Release
09:30 am -3:30 pm est
Target flows are 1100 cfs (800 cfs plus Russell Fork flows) not to exceed 1300 cfs at the Bartlick gage. 800-800 cfs

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Russell Fork Release
09:30 am -3:30 pm est
Release is 1000 cfs but flow will also include natural Russell Fork flow.1000-1000 cfs

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Russell Fork Release
09:30 am -3:30 pm est
Release is 1000 cfs but flow will also include natural Russell Fork flow.1000-1000 cfs

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Events
Russell Fork Release Elkhorn City,KY runs 10/02/04 - 10/23/16, next 10/01/16
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