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Difficulty III-V
Length 7 Miles
Gauge N/A
Flow Range
Reach Info Last Updated 07/06/2001 6:11 am

River Description

Virginia Whitewater, Roger Corbett. called Big Stoney or Stoney Creek
Dan Mirolli:
Things happen fast on this creek. While it's not really steep, it's very continuous with more broaching and pinning spots than most creeks I've been on. At a low level (under a foot) it's a blast, and still moves really fast, but the holes aren't as bad and the crazy cross currents are managable. Approaching a foot this creek gets pretty difficult. I think more difficult than some of the steeper creeks I've run. Strainers are a big problem on this creek so please look it over carefully before attempting it. There are many places that look like a simple wave train but that have concealed trees. There's also a very bad rock sieve that is just under the water at about 6-9 inches.

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Ian Fuze
7 years ago

Checked this out the other day. Walker Creek gauge was at 2400 and Big Stoney was running. (Walker flows into the New directly across from Big Stoney). Lots of wood especially above the jefferson sign but this creek is definately worth cleaning. Lots of fun at high water... We put in at the national forest sign (the small one on the left about a quarter mile before the Cherokee sign) and took out at the big corner rapid because there was too much wood below clogging a couple nice drops.

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10 years ago

I ran this on 11-14-09 putting in just below the first bridge on the left when you turn left onto the forest service road. This is the lower 5 mile run that Roger Corbett describes in his book. Be careful as about 30 minutes into the trip there is a class III drop immediately followed by a strainer just upstream of the General Store/Restaurant on the left bank. The one big class IV- drop that can be easily viewed from a small bridge further down stream is a clean if you run just right of the center roostertail with your boat angled slightly towards the right. Also watch for an island below here, take the right channel as the left is obstructed. While the lower part of the creek is mostly continuous class III, the upper section (which is not described in Corbett's book) appears to be continuous class IV. The latter will be worth another look when the creek is really high again as it takes more water to float than the lower section does.

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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.

Adam Goshorn


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1191692 07/06/01 Adam Goshorn n/a