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Difficulty I-III
Length 4.5 Miles
Gauge CHESTNUT CREEK AT GALAX, VA
Flow Range 300 - 2000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 19 minutes ago ~ 93.1 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 10/26/2015 12:57 am

River Description


Virginia Whitewater, Roger Corbett; also Ed Grove

 

Tripp Culbreth shared:

Ran this July 31, 2005. Rt. 274 bridge gauge read + 7 inches.

We put in on Rte. 650 at a pullout just after some trailers along the river not far downstream of the questionable class VI rapids (which were not runnable at this low level mostly due to choked entrance into the first drop of this section and questionable shallow rocky landing zone on last drop).

Starts off as class II. First rapid of mention is a class III- at this level called Slicer. We entered right, caught an eddie on the right and moved right to left thru a chute that runs between a big rock in the middle of the creek and some manky rocks on the left which includes the slicer rock that was slightly covered at this level. Then just more class I/II stuff.

After passing Mt. Carmel Church the creek turns to the right leaving Rte. 650. Class II and III rapids are more frequent after leaving Rte. 650. Mostly small boulder gardens. There were some trees in some rapids but all were avoidable. Todd's Rapid was the next hardest in this section maybe class III- at this level. We entered from the right ducking some tree limbs to go over a 1+ foot ledge then eddied out behind a rock just in front of us. Then ran right to left thru a boney chute that had a tree in the outflow so we had to work right quickly.

The boulder gardens continue as class II/III- until you reach the last ledge. It is a ledge 2 feet high with three chutes; I ran the left, Elizabeth ran the right. The middle chute had a small tree in it. Then class I/II and flat water until you reach the New RIver. The takeout is a short distance down the New RIver on river left.

The section of class II/III- took 45 minutes. The class I/II and flat water took 45 minutes. Total trip:1hr 30min. Scenery was pretty until you left Rte. 650, then beautiful as you leave the last few houses/trailers/campsites. The guidebook Classic Virginia Rivers says that 0 inches on the Rte. 274 bridge gauge is minimum but +6 inches would be the lowest you could get down some of the shoals. An optimal level for intermediate paddlers would maybe be +1 ft. 6 in. but that is just a guess. This could get fun at even higher levels for advanced boaters especially if there is enough water to run the class VI rapids at the top of the run.

(edit 10/25/2015) take out  on left 1/4 below mouth of Elk Creek at New River public boat ramp on (94) Riverside DR

videos

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8IpdTm1NU8  (13 min POV)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unUHkInWOXA  ( 4 mi POV)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pgt8ppu8hjg  (4 min)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAdHekBNBCA  ( 3 min Clito Falls roadside)

 

Rapid Descriptions

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9 years ago

You cannot gauge this run from the Chestnut Creek gauge. Two very different water sheds on opposite sides of the New River. At least 1" of rain in 24 hours in Grayson County and it will probably be good to go.

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william gilbert
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18 years ago

Have not run this yet for the year but live not far and have went down and spent time there.There is a section where there are large boulders (garden)!Lots of death traps that really need to be scouted first.Not for the begginer! have a safe boating

Gage Descriptions

Tripp Culbreth shared:

The guidebook Classic Virginia Rivers says that 0 inches on the Rte. 274 bridge gauge is minimum but +6 inches would be the lowest you could get down some of the shoals. An optimal level for intermediate paddlers would maybe be +1 ft. 6 in. but that is just a guess. This could get fun at even higher levels for advanced boaters especially if there is enough water to run the class VI rapids at the top of the run.

Directions Description


from US 58 west of Galax go west on (94) Riverside Dr to the New River public boat ramp , at this point (94) turns north , continue west on Riverside Dr (274) after 1/2 mile you will cross Elk Creek , then go north on (660) Carsonville Rd 3 1/2 miles crossing Elk Creek Again , go north on (650) Clito Rd 1 1/2 miles passing (class VI ?) clito Falls to put in near Mt Carmel Church

take out at New River boat ramp on river left 1/4 mile below mouth of Elk Creek

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Attention Virginia Boaters!

4/24/2003
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.
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