Back Creek (South R. trib) - Sherando Lake to South River


Back Creek (South R. trib), Virginia, US

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Sherando Lake to South River

Usual Difficulty II-III (for normal flows)
Length 9 Miles
Avg. Gradient 30 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
SOUTH RIVER AT HARRISTON, VA
usgs-01627500 1000 - 10000 cfs II-III 24h03m 1190 cfs (running)
Flow range for best boatability uncertain. Please help your fellow boaters with a comment or report. Gauge (Drainage = 212 sq.mi.) is 15-20 miles downstream of this reach, thus may not reflect actual flow in this reach.


River Description

Virginia Whitewater, Roger Corbett

Small stream which drains the west side of the Blue Ridge, running into the South River, which runs into the North Fork of the Shenandoah. The upper section above Rt. 610 is more difficult.


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2004-07-29 07:01:28

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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March 11 2003 (5525 days ago)
Ken DubelDetails
I paddled this stream yesterday. The 200 cfs minimum flow on the South River at Harriston does not
appear to be accurate. Flow yesterday there was 542 cfs and Back Creek was below paddling zero,
even for this I'll-scrape-down-anything paddler. For a region-wide event, I'd put zero at 1,000 cfs
at Harriston.

Looks like a fun little creek with more water though. Strainers will show up suddenly, particularly
on the upper part.


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