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Difficulty II+
Length 0 Miles
Flow Range 200 - 800 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 49 minutes ago 554 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 05/10/2020 12:06 am

River Description

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.


Smith Reaches:

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)

Rapid Descriptions


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Patrick Sims
2 years ago

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.

Gage Descriptions

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.

Directions Description

We have no additional detail on this route. Use the map below to calculate how to arrive to the main town from your zipcode.

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Attention Virginia Boaters!

Jason Robertson

During the high waters of Spring 2003, there has been a noticeable increase in reported confrontations between boaters and property owners in Virginia. Please remember to be respectful and courteous to property owners; do not trespass; and avoid confrontation in order to preserve access in the future.

Eric Juday


Matt Muir




Tim Glosup


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1196049 09/15/09 Eric Juday
1196039 09/15/09 Eric Juday n/a
1196040 09/15/09 Eric Juday
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1196079 09/16/09 Matt Muir Fleshed out with Eric's gauge and description info.
1196090 09/17/09 Matt Muir Fixed lynx to other Smiths
1196094 09/17/09 Matt Muir Fixed lynx to other Smiths
1197285 02/24/10 Rob Enable directions; enable gauge.
1214910 05/10/20 Tim Glosup updated description