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Difficulty II
Length 0 Miles
Flow Range 300 - 800 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 882 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 02/24/2010 10:41 pm

River Description

This is swiftwater Class II paddling with a couple rapids in the first mile with the rest mostly flat water. The last mile is on the lake behind Martinsville City Dam. Paddlers can put on at Doe Run and paddle upstream for a flatwater workout.

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+

3. North Bassett to Fieldale, 8 miles, II

5. South Martinsville to Sports Complex, 4 miles, II

6. Sports Complex to Mitchell Bridge, 6 miles, II(III)

Rapid Descriptions


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.


Directions Description

Putin: 3512 River Road  Fieldale VA 24089
Takeout:  270 Dupont Road Martinsville VA  24112


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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.

Eric Juday


Matt Muir