The portion of river from Ronda to 601 is best between 800-1600 cfs @ Elkin. Above 1600 the rapids may start washing out. I have run it in a jon boat as low as 550 cfs. Water quality and scenery is best in fall or spring. Risk of muddy water increases in summer. There are many rapids but the best are;
1. Three miles downstream of Ronda the river enters a small gorge and goes around an island. Go left for waves. At 1600 cfs water will come in a canoe. A very scenic spot.
2. Just upstream from 21 are some splashy waves.
3. 2-3 miles downstream of Elkin is a nice ledge.
4. Long technical run just upstream of 601.
The Pilot Mountain State Park has quit allowing camping on the island but my buddy and I did it anyways but we waited till night to set up or start a fire. The park ranger yeiled from accros the river but they won't come get you at night just pretend like you didn't see the signs and you will be ok haha. We just made sure we was ready to go by sun rise.
The Yadkin River Canoe Trail is 165 miles long with 38 access sites. This particular section has accesses at highway 601,Rockford,Old Shoals Road, Yadkin Islands State Park, Donnoha (67) and 421 Park.
From the Shoals access at Old Shoals Road through the Yadkin Islands to Donnoha there are about 30 tiny islands and two sizeable ones. Canoe camping is allowed on the largest island. This is an excellent section for birding offering numerous speecies including Bald Eagle.
The section between Donnoha and 421 Park is senic with some surprisingly high bluffs. Be careful of the low head dam. Portage on concrete steps on right.
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