This is swiftwater Class II paddling with two rapids that are Class II. Water is too swift at release levels for rank beginners but with any previous experience most paddlers will do fine. One major tributary that comes in about half way is Town Creek. To see what Town Creek is adding to the level check the next gage downstream at Basset.
1. Iron Bridge Rd(Route 704) to Union Bridge Rd at backwater of Philpott Lake, Class II-III
3. North Bassett to Fieldale, 8 miles, II
4. Fieldale to Doe Run, 5 miles, II
5. South Martinsville to Sports Complex, 4 miles, II
6. Sports Complex to Mitchell Bridge, 6 miles, II(III)
Did the Dam to North Bassett today at 650 CFS. It was a perfect level, and the river was moving pretty swiftly. It'd be a great level for beginners to work on their skills.
Look for the dam releases. Any release is good to go. River will be too low for reasonable paddling if they are not releasing. Most releases are M-F in the afternoon during peak power generation.
Permits are not required for this reach.
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Smith River put-in, Philpott Dam
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