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Difficulty I-III
Length 24.5 Miles
Flow Range 370 - 20000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 21 minutes ago 717 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 08/04/2001 11:13 pm

River Description

Virginia Whitewater, Roger Corbett; also Ed Grove
Takeout coordinates are at the Rte. 629 bridge.

Rapid Descriptions


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anthony hanger
11 years ago

your probably better off looking at the bullpasture guage in williamsville than the one on the cowpasture way down stream! sometimes its a scrapefest when that guage is green! if the bullpasture is running than the section from confluence down is deffinately running and more than likely the other side of the mountain(cowpasture) is running too(if the headwaters got the same storm) making a nice wavetrain run at higher levels.

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12 years ago

is this the run where 'laurel gap' is? nerar williamsville-bullpasture gorge section?I have a book where it says this river has major rapids in the 'laurel gap' section and the map shows near the confluence of the two rivers-cam

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anthony hanger
13 years ago

shaw fork to bullpasture confluence is not worth the landowner/parking problems plus it is FULL of junk, better to put in at williamsville at the church/trout fishing parking on the bullpasture and run down to cowpasture. ive only gone as far as the rt 627 scotchtown draft rd bridge(nat. forest with easy parking) bullpasture has readable ft. guage at the usgs guage site at the williamsville putin bridge, it was 2ft something which is 200cfs on the gorge run section minimum.. i think the cowpasture guage on amww was 2ftplus that day but thats way down stream. once you pass the first island you hit the confluence and doubles the water and its clean class 2 wavetrains with maybe a cl3- double/ledge, good run for begginers like two of the newbies i had that day(they got hooked BTW) not sure of the smallmouth fishing but these are stocked trout waters. and there was a family fishing that seemed pissed at us even though our paddles never touched the water in their vacinity.

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Mark Andes
16 years ago

For the upper section (From the confluence with the Shaw Fork to the confluence with the Bull pasture) I would put the minimum at around 1000-1200 cfs on the gauge shown.

Also considering the number of no trespassing signs be cognizant of land owner concerns and leave no trace.

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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.

Matt Muir


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