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Difficulty I-II+(III)
Length 13 Miles
Flow Range 400 - 10000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 361 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 06/15/2018 4:19 pm

River Description

The middle section of the Tye encompasses a long section of this river and is paddled much less frequently than the sections above and below this one. There are some possible access points that could divide this section up into more manageable sections, but several of these are posted/no trespassing.

The section is generally class I-II, with possibly more difficult rapids at higher water levels. The usual possible hazards of fallen trees in sections of the river exist.

NOTE: In the section above the Rt. 151 bridge there is a dangerous low-water bridge. This can form a very dangerous hydraulic feature. I believe this hazard is the Snugdale Lane bridge. Snugdale Lane intersects with Rt. 56 (37.795394, -79.001735) . Know the location of this hazard before you start your trip and have a plan for getting out of the river well above the bridge, in order to portage.

Optional access points (in order, travelling downstream):

1. Roseland: Rt. 151 bridge near Mac's Market (Mac's Country Store). There is ample parking downstream of the bridge on the river-left (east) side. This is close to the river but you will need to carry your boat through some low brush and rocks. Look out for poision ivy in the warmer months.

2. POSTED?: Rt. 56 bridge, west of Saunders' Farm Market. THIS POINT MAY BE POSTED AND NOT CURRENTLY ACCESSIBLE. Not recommended.

3. UNKNOWN: Old Rose Mill Rd. bridge over Tye R. (37.685850, -78.964073). We do not know the accessibility of this access point. Not recommended.

4. South Powell Island Rd: this is the access point used in maps and description on this webpage. There are several pull-outs along this road as it parallels the Tye River. Some areas are posted and cannot be used. Others are open. Use your judgement. Some folks use an access point known as "Hippie Hole."

Rapid Descriptions


Gage Descriptions

Good flows for this section are not well known. Please post comments to this page if you paddle this section and can help us narrow down the range of good boatable flows. 

Directions Description

We have no additional detail on this route. Use the map below to calculate how to arrive to the main town from your zipcode.

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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.

Tony Allred Jr


Gordon Dalton


Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1209733 05/29/18 Tony Allred Jr 5-29-2018 - repairing error in listing
1209734 05/29/18 Tony Allred Jr 5-29-2018 - cleanup
1209740 05/30/18 Tony Allred Jr 5-30-2018 - added length in miles
1209721 05/25/18 Gordon Dalton n/a
1209852 06/15/18 Tony Allred Jr 6-15-2018 - Adjusted River Length
1209854 06/15/18 Tony Allred Jr 6-15-2018 - cleanup
1209722 05/25/18 Gordon Dalton