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Difficulty II-III
Length 4 Miles
Flow Range 1200 - 10000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 34 minutes ago 1850 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 07/13/2018 1:36 pm

River Description

short run with a couple of good rapids and one logistics problem; limited access and parking at Buck Dam. There is a very long portage path around the dam on river right if you plan to take out at the public access at Ivanhoe. Or take out river left above the dam and have a shuttle pick you up or hiking/biking the New River Trail back to the put-in to bring your vehicle down the one lane Buck Dam Rd to retrieve your boat.

some class I and class III Buck Rapid above the dam

a couple of class II between the Dam and the take out at Ivanhoe

alternate guage = tail flow at Byllesby Dam


Rapid Descriptions


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Directions Description

Put In: from US94(Ivanhoe Rd) go E on 602  (Byllesby Rd) 3 mi then N on Buck Dam Rd 100 yd
Take Out: river left above the dam on Buck Dam Rd, a narrow dirt road, there is no good place to park.  
take out option; a very long portage around the dam river right, then take out at the public access at Ivanhoe. from US94 go E on Trestle Rd .5 mi then take an immediate left after you pass under old RR trestle now part of New River Trail.

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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.

Tim Glosup


Tony Allred Jr


Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1205371 10/24/15 Tim Glosup
1205347 10/18/15 Tim Glosup n/a
1205370 10/24/15 Tim Glosup
1205348 10/18/15 Tim Glosup
1205369 10/22/15 Tim Glosup
1207193 01/25/17 Tim Glosup
1210038 07/13/18 Tony Allred Jr 7-10-2018 - cleanup
1210060 07/13/18 Tony Allred Jr 7-10-2018 - cleanup
1210093 07/13/18 Tony Allred Jr 7-10-2018 - cleanup