Eno - Route 1567 below Duke Dam to US Route 501

Eno, North Carolina, US


Route 1567 below Duke Dam to US Route 501

Usual Difficulty I-III (for normal flows)
Length 8.5 Miles
Avg. Gradient 13 fpm

Rockgarden, close to Pleasant Green

Rockgarden, close to Pleasant Green
Photo of Rockgarden by Richard Kofler taken 07/15/03 @ 3 feet at USGS

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-02085070 2.20 - 7.10 ft I-III 01h07m 4 ft (running)

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

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2006-11-04 12:32:39


Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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July 2 2013 (2028 days ago)
Banks DixonDetails
Saturated ground and some higher than normal flows over the last few weeks have added numerous new
trees/strainers into the river. Use caution. Guess Rd Dam (Duke Dam), and just above Sennett's Hole
both have large new trees crossing more than half the river. There are routes around them but they
should be scouted.
December 8 2009 (3330 days ago)
lescott (151302)
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
April 23 2006 (4654 days ago)
Michael CarterDetails
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.
August 4 2004 (5282 days ago)
Joe SlaterDetails

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.
February 9 2003 (5823 days ago)
Bob BruecknerDetails
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.
January 6 2003 (5858 days ago)
Chris GuptillDetails
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.
December 21 2000 (6604 days ago)
robert martinDetails
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.