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Difficulty I-II
Length 16.5 Miles
Flow Range 200 - 25000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 1590 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 04/19/2004 9:19 pm

River Description

Very mellow run, mostly flat water with small ledges. Good putin for a couple day paddle to the snowden dam(balcony run). Lots of national forest land to camp on, and very private. One could paddle to alpine and camp overnight, then paddle to Natural Bridge(Jellystone), camp and takeout at the bottom of the balcony run. Great smallmouth on entire reach..

See WWW.CANOEVIRGINIA.COM for maps of this run and many others around the area.

Rapid Descriptions


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George Michie
2 months ago

Ran this stretch 7/27 - 7/28/2020. Beautiful scenery, as well as eagles, osprey, and a flock of merganser ducks. 900 cfs, so not much excitement, but mighty pleasant. Eagle Rock to Horseshoe Bend we did in 4.5 hours but we were humping it. Probably figure 5 - 6 for a more leisurely float with lunch and swimming breaks.

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11 years ago

Gage Descriptions

Gauge is downstream.

Directions Description

We have no additional detail on this route. Use the map below to calculate how to arrive to the main town from your zipcode.

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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.

Steve King


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1191742 04/19/04 Steve King n/a