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Difficulty I-III
Length 8.5 Miles
Flow Range 2.20 - 7.10 FT
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 1.76 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 11/04/2006 12:32 pm

River Description

This reach of the Eno River can be broken up into two sections:
Pleasant Green Canoe Access to Cole Mill Road (Section 3 in "Paddling Eastern North Carolina")
Cole Mill Road to West on the Eno City Park. (Section 4 in "Paddling Eastern North Carolina")

The entire reach is protected by Eno River State Park and West Point on the Eno City Park. Both sections can be run in one day.

Time estimates at about 4' on USGS:
Pleasant Green Rd to Cole Mill Rd is about 1.5 hours
Cole Mill Rd to Guess Rd is about 1 hour
Guess Rd to West Point on the Eno(US501) is about half an hour

Put-in Directions:

To Pleasant Green Canoe Access:
From Durham I-85 south to Highway 70 west(exit 170), turn right on Pleasant Green Road, turn left into Canoe Access area just before crossing the river.

To Cole Mill Canoe Access:
From Durham I-85 south to Cole Mill Road(exit 173), north on Cole Mill Road, left on to Old Cole Mill Road, access is at end of road.

Shuttle Directions:

Pleasant Green Canoe Access to West Point on the Eno City Park:
Take left out of canoe access parking lot onto Pleasant Green Road, right onto Cole Mill Road. Turn left onto Umstead Road. Turn right onto Guess Road. Go a short distance and turn left onto Latta Road. Turn right onto US501(Roxboro Road). Cross river and turn right into West Point on the Eno City Park. Follow road to parking area close to the old mill.

Pleasant Green Canoe Access to Cole Mill Road Canoe Access:
Take left out of canoe access parking lot onto Pleasant Green Road, right onto Cole Mill Road. Turn right (at Umstead Road) onto Old Cole Mill Road, access is at end of road.


Paddling Eastern North Carolina

Rapid Descriptions


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Le Scott
10 years ago

PLlease, Streamkeeper, don't keep sending paddlers down the Eno at 3' ft and under.While hiking, I have seen and rescued many a novice and low-intermediate paddler go broadside against rocks, flip, lose boat and paddles and, occasionally, need rescuing. Under 3' is a very technical run in Bobbit's Hole or at the broken dam near Guess Road. le scott, Dec 09

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Michael Carter
14 years ago

First trip on the Eno since the dam was modified. The minimum may need some adjusting. We ran the river at 3.75 on the USGS. The visual gauge said just under 2'(see pictures). Most of the rapids were washed out. Still some good surf waves, but nothing too difficult. I prefer the river about 6" lower, the drops are a little more defined. Still, we highly recommend this river, one of the prettiest runs in the Triangle.

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Joe Slater
15 years ago


We paddled this at 2.9' (USGS Gauge) yesterday (8/3/2004) and there were three or four trees across the river between Pleasant Green Rd and Cole Mill Rd. Not much problem getting over/under them at this level. Most of them would be farther underwater at higher levels, but at least one could be a danger at higher levels. Just be aware and keep your eyes open.

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Bob Brueckner
17 years ago

February 8, 2003

Although there were reports in December of a dam and crane in the river bed at Guess Road, we saw neither during our trip from Pleasant Green to West Point. A nasty tangle of rebar rose out of the river right eddy beneath the new bridge. There is probably more rebar in the river bed so be careful when paddling here.

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Chris Guptill
17 years ago

I ran this yesterday, Jan. 5th, and there are a few things to look out for. First, most of the larger class II's are formed from old dams that have been blown out in the last fifty years or so. In particular, the old Cabe's mill and the Duke dam just before Guess rd. pose probably the largest hazards in the run. The other spot to really look out for is under the new Guess rd. bridge. The construction people blew up one of the old bridge pilings, so the new rapid under the bridge has a lot of rebar and sharp rock. Walking this is pretty easy, just walk over the road and put in on the other side. In general most of the whitewater is between Colemill and Westpoint. So, to recap, it's a pretty fun little run, but watch out for the man made rapids.

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robert martin
19 years ago

The Eno River Basin was mostly tobacco farms until recently. Now it is suburbia. But thanks to the Eno River Society, most of the land along the river has been preserved as a park and it remains today much as it has in the past. The river offers great paddling operatunity's for the begining boater, with long pools seperated by class II rapids. Like all rivers, it's character changes at higher water and it's difficulty changes accordingly.

Gage Descriptions

The gauge is located at the end of the run below US501. Therefore, if the water flow is dropping rapidly the river may have fallen below minimum upstream. The Eno River is rain dependant and can only be run during periods of heavy rain.

There are bridge gauges at Pleasant Green Rd and Cole Mill Rd bridges. The Guess Rd bridge gauge no longer exists. Minimum bridge gauge reading for solo open boater is 0.5ft. There is currently no correlation between the two bridge gauges and no correlation between the bridge gauges and USGS gauges at this time.

Notes from Russ Condrey:
Cole Mill Rd to West Point on the Eno City Park
3.5' on USGS OK
4.5' on USGS / 2.0 Cole mill bridge (fun) (Nantahala like)
7.1' on USGS pushy

Directions Description

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A Close Look at Cheoah River Fatalities

Charlie Walbridge

The recent death of Chris Clark at Python Rapid on North Carolina's Cheoah River is the third at this site in the last six years. In each case, the person who died was an expert paddler and their paddling partners did not see exactly what happened. Let's take a close look at the Cheoah below Bear Creek Falls and develop strategies for future runs. The river here is very fast and continuous. After a fast lead-in (Chaos), the river drops over Bear Creek Falls, a 12' drop. Below, most of the flow pushes toward the river right channel (Python). Ferrying over to the easier river left channel (the West Prong) requires careful boat control. Python itself contains several nasty holes and sieves, with a bad hole blocked by a boulder at the bottom. There is a good route through it, but paddlers need to plan their route carefully. Scouting is a good idea for first timers, although catching eddies and getting out is not  going to be easy. Groups need to stay together.. The rapid is tough enough that you can't watch your buddy all the time, but you can be ready to help if needed. Click through for links to the accident reports, photos, and comments from expert Cheoah River paddlers. (Photo above by Boyd Ruppelt)


Chuck Hunley


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