Smith - 2. Philpot Dam to North Basset

Smith, Virginia, US


2. Philpot Dam to North Basset

Usual Difficulty II+ (for normal flows)

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-02072000 200 - 800 cfs II+ 01h01m 715 cfs (running)
Probably good to go. Good correlation as put in is just below the dam.

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)

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2010-02-24 22:26:46


Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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May 6 2018 (218 days ago)
KayakPat (159939)
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.

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