Maury - Rockbridge Baths to James River

Maury, Virginia, US


Rockbridge Baths to James River

Usual Difficulty II(III) (for normal flows)
Length 32 Miles
Avg. Gradient 15 fpm
Max Gradient 30 fpm

Lower Maury

Lower Maury
Photo by S.King

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-02024000 2.90 - 7.00 ft II(III) 00h23m 1.5 ft (too low)

River Description

Rockbridge Baths section to Bridge.

Putin: Behind Rockbridge store on Rt. 39.
Takeout: Copper Road off Rt. 39

Beautiful run with many 2-3 rapids. You can take out about 2 miles downstream under the bridge..There are a bunch of no trespassing signs there but there is also a sign that says 'canoe portage only' , so I'd say its OK. That couple miles consist of class 1-2 water.

Buena Vista to James Confluence

Putin: Glen Maury Park off Rt. 39
Takeout: Locher Landing off Rt. 39 across from BP in Glasgow

Fun run at 3 ft and above on above gauge. Runnable at 2.6 but gets very boney at 2.4. Good run is from Buena Vista to the bottom of the Balcony run on the James, but the gauge on the Maury needs to be at 3+ to get to the James that fast, a 16 mile paddle. Confluence Rapid at the James/Maury is considered a III. Very rocky drop, run river right.<p>

Ed Evangelidi testifies:<br>
The rapid at the confluence with the James can be run/played in by itself without having to run the whole river.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2004-04-24 20:13:24


Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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May 12 2014 (900 days ago)
Russell BaileyDetails
Ran 5/11/2014 for Mother's Day with my wife and 7 and 10 year old kids. ~320cfs and 2.1' on
Rockbridge Baths gauge. Tandem canoe (me plus a kid), solo (wife) and sit-on-top kayak (kid, with
regular changeouts). Post office to Copper Road. A little scrapey in 3-4 spots in the tandem canoe,
ample water for the solo canoe and sit-on-top. Some fun waves and nice long Class II rapids. It was
a wonderful family run. I had to bail a bit from the tandem after a couple of the rapids from some
waves. I'd estimate my minimum for this run would be about 200 cfs on Rockbridge Baths gauge. We
will definitely come back to this stretch. This section should really be broken on American
Whitewater, and would be better linked to the Rockbridge Baths gauge also.
March 3 2013 (1335 days ago)
skvech (155152)
Ran today at 2.1 feet on Rockbridge Baths gauge from Post Office to Copper Road, a good zero level
for kayaking. There was plenty enough water to avoid scrapes as long as lines were chosen
carefully. Good wavetrains and some nice holes with opportunities to practice skills. This 32 mile
section really should be broken up into a few separate sections since the difficulty varies a good
bit down the run. The topmost section we ran is definitely the most challenging part of the run.
March 10 2011 (2058 days ago)
walkerwb (152848)
Due to high water today, we went out at Jordan's Point. The level was around 9.1 ft in Rockbridge
Baths, so it would be safe to assume a level of 9-10 feet here. We put in underneath the Route 11
bridge and floated 4 miles down to where the South River enters the Maury. This took approximately
1 hr (including getting out to scout the broken dam/lock @ mile 3). Excellent run. We decided to
run river right and went around the right side of the old dam. After going through and looking at
the left side, we figured it was possible, but most likely sticky (maybe next time) Overall smooth
run, no major holes at 9 ft, just lots of fast moving water. The random currents would occasionally
shake the boat, but not so much as to grab and edge of the kayak.
May 15 2009 (2722 days ago)
x (1)
post office to alone mill run as of 2 weeks ago has a new green leaf full size tree in the bottom
of the rapid that is a couple miles below put of the better ones about 50 yards long after
a left gravelbar turn into the right turn intrance...its just upstream of the mudslide that
happened with same storm in the curve on 39 that has new guardrail etc.(road was closed and crews
pouring new concrete wall) and can be seen if you drive slow enough on shuttle now, i didn't see it
until i got there and a hard river right paddle will get you around it even though you now miss the
best part
May 15 2009 (2722 days ago)
x (1)
the second hole the comment below speaks of starts to munch at about back surfed my budy
last year and after a reverse flip he came out with a 90 degree paddle! (we know call it marks
hole:) but its wave train city the whole way no rocks....
February 2 2008 (3191 days ago)
x (1)
Ran Rockbridge Baths to Alone Mills today in an open canoe with decent flotation. Buena Vista gauge
at 5 feet. The river is pretty intense at this level with lots of waves! Be prepared to constantly
bail. Two big holes are worth mentioning, one forms just downstream of the putin. We punched it
perfectly but it still completely swamped the boat. The other hole is somewhere around mile 5 or
so, and there's a small slot in the center to avoid swamping. Use caution at this level.
July 26 2007 (3382 days ago)
anthony hangerDetails
the rockbridge baths post office to the rt 622 alone mill rd. bridge can be run lower than the
lower maury. ran it at 1.9 last year and there are lots of "lava" rock in the river that test boat
toughness. ran it again on at 2.2 and the couple extra inches let you run the class 2plus
rapid on the left side of the first island you come to. also agree with the previous comment about
the no tresspass/conoe portage only signs at takeout parking. i actually talked to the guy that
lives there while he was tubeing with some friends and he was very nice. plus i noticed a kayak
laying in the yard when we took out so he's definetly boater friendly...warning i did see broken
window glass at the parking area not sure if someone forgot keys or there was a breakin, i didn't
leave anything worth stealin in my car) this section is 8 miles ..copper road is full of no
tresspass/parking signs so dont try to shorten the trip, lots of big smallies here! these levels
are the rockbridge baths guage; not the beauna vista one.

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