Mitchell - Route 1315 Bridge to Route 268 Bridge

Mitchell, North Carolina, US


Route 1315 Bridge to Route 268 Bridge

Usual Difficulty I-II (for normal flows)
Length 10.5 Miles

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-02112360 200 - 5000 cfs I-II 3y234d20h58m 53 cfs (too low)
Flow range for best boatability uncertain. Please help your fellow boaters with a comment or report. Gauge (Drainage = 78.8 sq.mi.) is on this reach, thus should accurately show actual flow in this reach.

River Description

Carolina Whitewater, B.Benner
StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2001-08-18 23:57:35

Rapid Descriptions

icon of message No rapids entered. If you know names, and locations of the rapids please contact and advise the StreamTeam member for this run.

User Comments

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May 15 2012 (2199 days ago)
ColbyJones (154458)
After steady rains Sunday and Monday Charlie Bullard and myself ran the 2 mile section of the
mitchell from the kapps mill bridge to the Mt. Park-zephyr road put in. The river was running at
approximately 500 cfs. The run was quick but fun with several high class 2 rapids as usual. After
the short run we decided to make an attempt at running a section of the river farther upstream. We
put in the river just below the private low water bridge on grover cockerham road and took out at
the kapps mill dam. We were suprised to find that the water was faster, more technical, and
contained more rapids than the lower section. The river was recently renovated through a stream
restoration project. The restoration project included adding large rocks to portions of the river
leaving a couple of narrow drops that are roughly mid-high class 2. These short runs make for great
surfing and playboating opportunites. This section of the river is also free of any strainers so
runnign it at a higher level is definately possible. However, this run is also relatively short
taking less than hour.
March 25 2012 (2250 days ago)
mack roebuckDetails
Jerry Hopping, Charles Herring, Jim Van Lew and myself ran the Mitchell on Saturday. The level was
between 4 and 3.25 feet as it was dropping fast which is probably typical. We had good water. We
had planned to do section 1 as described by Benner. The put-in is now legit with paved off-road
parking. When we arrived at the put-in on Mountain Park-Zephyr road we met local paddlers Colby,
Matthew and Charlie who had just run the 2 miles above that put-in. They were easily talked into
another run. We put in at the bridge for Kapp Mill Road just down stream from the dam and former
mill and house. They ran the 2 miles and we continued down for an 8 mile run. It was a fast 8 miles
as the rapids were fairly continuous. Even the flat water was fast. None of the rapids were more
difficult than a high class 2. There were plenty of surfing opportunities. The scenery was
primarily rhododendron, white pine and rock bluffs. There were many ducks. The one disappointment
was the water quality. According to Jerry and Benner, the Mitchell used to run clear even after
rain. Though it is still a trout stream, after a rain it is quite muddy. There were a few strainers
but they were easy to spot and avoid. We took out at Zephyr road just upstream of I-77. Be careful
of the road names they are confusing and mislabeled on the map and GPS. There is also a Mountain
Park Road which is part of the shuttle. Make sure you have enough water. I have done 2 low water
runs and they were excruciating.

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