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Difficulty II
Length 0 Miles
Flow Range 150 - 800 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 436 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 02/24/2010 10:48 pm

River Description

This is beautiful section of river, excellent Class II paddling with several ledge and some longer gravel bar rapids.   There are several batteau sluices and ancient fish weirs on this section.

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

4. Fieldale to Doe Run, 5 miles, II

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

Rapid Descriptions


Gage Descriptions

Look for the dam releases. Any release is good to go. Can be paddled as low as 150cfs and maybe lower due to input from tributaries. Most releases are M-F in the afternoon during peak power generation.

Directions Description

Putin: 280 Tensbury Drive Martinsville
Henry County Parks and Recreation ramp located at the end of Tensbury Drive off Business Hwy 220, just north of Indian Heritage Campground and RV park.
Takeout: 1000 Irisburg Road, Axton, VA 24054

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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




Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1196062 09/15/09 Eric Juday
1196074 09/16/09 Eric Juday
1196075 09/16/09 Eric Juday
1196076 09/16/09 Eric Juday
1196060 09/15/09 Eric Juday
1196061 09/15/09 Eric Juday
1196059 09/15/09 Eric Juday n/a
1196082 09/16/09 Matt Muir Updated with Eric's gauge description, river description, and directions
1196092 09/17/09 Matt Muir Fixed lynx to other Smiths
1197288 02/24/10 Rob Enable directions.