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Difficulty II(III)
Length 0 Miles
Flow Range 300 - 800 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 436 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 02/24/2010 10:53 pm

River Description

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

The largest rapid on the Smith River is in this section. Eggleston Falls is a moderate Class III rapid that drops 5-6 feet overall. Eggleston Falls comes about 2 miles into the run about a quarter mile above the alternate putin at Marrowbone Creek.

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

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

Rapid Descriptions


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Le Scott
7 years ago

Don't know who designated the river levels, but 300 cfs (minimum run) is scrapy all the way down, whereas 800 cfs (flood state according to account) is what I consider a moderately low run. Here are my observations based on dozens of runs: 500-800= low (few play holes) 800-1200= medium (best novice/int. playboat run) 1200-2000=high (actually easier,as rapids and holes start washing out)

Gage Descriptions

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Directions Description

Putin: 1000 Irisburg Road, Axton, VA 24054
Takeout:   Mitchel Road

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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
1196065 09/15/09 Eric Juday
1196064 09/15/09 Eric Juday n/a
1196077 09/16/09 Eric Juday
1196071 09/15/09 Eric Juday
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1196067 09/15/09 Eric Juday
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1196070 09/15/09 Eric Juday
1196081 09/16/09 Matt Muir Updated with Eric's gauge description, river description, and directions
1197289 02/24/10 Rob Enable directions.