Kayaked this today (Easter), high and fast water. The section of class III looked to be almost IV. Still locals partying at this spot. Just gorgeous but be careful!
The address given for the take out is the Anglin Mill Road Bridge over the Mayo River. The take out is actually on Old Anglin Mill Loop Road. This is a gravel road 8/10 mile east of the Anglin Mill Road Bridge. Turn on the gravel road next to the small green concrete block house.
If coming from Smith Road. go 8/10 mile west from Smith Road to the gravel road next to the green concrete block house.
The volume for the North Fork is misleading, in that it includes the junction of BOTH forks, whereas the South Fork volume is accurate. Therefore, when you read more volume coming from the North Fork, that is NOT correct. I wouldn't play-run the North Fork at anything less than 3'. Less than 2.5' is scrapy. le scott
The best level to play Boiling Hole is between 1.7 and 2.1. The river can be run lower than these levels but the best level to run is 2.7, especially Lunch Stop, the last rapid before the confluence. Above this level, the rapids on the north section flush out. As the levels get higher, the boulder field after the confluence gets wilder and wilder. Rocks that are normally dry create holes. Mack
6/24/2009 There have been a few of us playing at the boiling hole since spring. The locals seem to be friendly, however they tend to get wild as the beer flow picks up. No real issues so far. If your polite they seem to be polite back. Still would'nt leave any gear unattended. The Rockingham County Sheriff is suposed to start their patrols again now that summer is here. That should curb the underage drinking, and excess vehicle traffic. SYOTW- GM
Went out last week after a rain storm and ran the river. It was running at about 200 CFS and about 2.25ft. Not to bad for kayaking, but difficult for the canoe that went along with us pretty bumpy until you get to the lower section as well. The boiling hole was definitley most enjoyalbe and fun to play around in at this water level even though it was a little low. POLICE have been doing a great job keeping people away that are gettin rowdy, but there were a few people that came down and jumped in for a swim. There is some amount of vehicles that we saw going up and down the road, dunno what that is about, but just a caution park down at the public put in and paddle down to the boiling hole only about a 2 min. paddle. Right past the "S" turns then you can take out on the beach carry your boat back up to the boiling hole and walk up to get your car, just don't leave it unattended. See ya on the water!
Went this past Sunday and it was awesome, great place to play and practice. It would be nice to have the police come check out the area...had a lot of young people drinking and carrying on..had to pack up and leave did not feel comfortable with the atmosphere. If the police checked in more often it would be a great place for us to play and practice.
Just returned from this spot. They are fixing the bridge at the exit from 220 to horsepasture road, so take the next one to the south. Very nice short spot with a pleasant Policeman and his K-9 partner patrolling the area (when we went). Gage height was 2.5 which was good.
Even though Joe G has posted this, it is actually from an email by Justin Emmert (local boater) dated 1/28/2002. It is a comment on levels.
Justin's comments-The boiling hole can be played at just about any level. I played in it this summer at levels as low as .75 . I use the usgs gauge for levels. The best levels are 1.6 and above for running the river. i have run it as low as 1.2, but it was not a fun trip. Typically there is no problem with the local hicks this time of year when the river is running because they can't get their atv's across from their hangout on river right. I have not seen the sheriff's deputies since the public put in and take out were built. I would not park my car at the boiling hole like we used to though. If the river is at 1.6 and above like it should be this weekend, run the whole thing. It's a nice run. We ran it Sunday and had a great time. We will probably run it this weekend again, maybe Saturday and Sunday.. See you on the river.
There are now two county maintained access sites on either end of the Mayo Beach road, ending any concerns about legal access on this part of the river. One is at the north end of Mayo Beach road under the Anglin Mill Road bridge, between the Stairsteps and the Boiling Hole. The next is about 1.5 miles below the first at the south end of the road.
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