Cowpasture - 1. Shaw Fork (Route 250) to Route 625 bridge

Cowpasture, Virginia, US


1. Shaw Fork (Route 250) to Route 625 bridge

Usual Difficulty I-III (for normal flows)
Length 24.5 Miles

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-02016000 370 - 20000 cfs I-III 00h52m 1270 cfs (running)
Upper limit for best boatability uncertain. Please help your fellow boaters with a comment or report.

River Description

Virginia Whitewater, Roger Corbett; also Ed Grove
Takeout coordinates are at the Rte. 629 bridge.
StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2001-08-04 23:13:29

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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June 15 2009 (3508 days ago)
anthony hangerDetails
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.
May 26 2009 (3528 days ago)
x (1)
There are four cattle fences and two tree strainers between Rt 250 and the Shaws Fork/Cowpasture
confluence at Liberty. Approximately 2 miles below Liberty the Cowpasture becomes braided and has a
couple strainers that must be portaged; portages are not too difficult as the gradient is low in
the braided section. Finally, there is a strainer on 2/3 of the river (passage on river left) just
above the roadside takeout in Patna, above the Rt 614 bridge in southern Highland near the county
July 26 2007 (4198 days ago)
anthony hangerDetails
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.
December 30 2004 (5502 days ago)
Mark AndesDetails
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.