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Difficulty II
Length 0 Miles
Gauge SMITH RIVER AT BASSETT, VA
Flow Range 300 - 800 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 874 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 02/24/2010 10:36 pm

River Description


This is swiftwater Class II paddling with a couple of rapids and surfing spots. Water is too swift at release levels for rank beginners but with any previous experience most paddlers will do fine. Levels in the range of 500cfs are good and may go lower.

Putin: 271 Trent Hill Drive
Takeout: 3512 River Road Fieldale VA 24089

Look for the dam releases. Any release is good to go. River maybe be too low for reasonable paddling if they are not releasing. Most releases are M-F in the afternoon during peak power generation.

Smith Reaches:

1. Iron Bridge Rd(Route 704) to Union Bridge Rd at backwater of Philpott Lake, Class II-III

2. Philpot Dam to North Basset, 6.4 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)

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Gauge Description


Look for the dam releases. Any release is good to go. River maybe be too low for reasonable paddling if they are not releasing. Most releases are M-F in the afternoon during peak power generation.

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Directions Description


Putin: 271 Trent Hill Drive
Takeout:  3512 River Road  Fieldale VA 24089

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Attention Virginia Boaters!

2003-04-24 00:00:00-04
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.
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