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Difficulty I-IV
Length 13 Miles
Flow Range 1000 - 10000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 408 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 07/29/2004 7:08 am

River Description

Virginia Whitewater, Roger Corbett

Eric O'Connell wrote:

A silent jewel. With good water condition, this is a wonderful whitewater trip. There are 3, possibly 4 class IV rapids. The first 5 miles is truly boring, the next 3/4 mile is what you came for, then the last 2 miles suck. If you can make it down from the Rte. 8 bridge with no boat scraping then you are in for a great day, but if the water level is low at the bridge, go elsewhere. This is a fun trip for intermediate to lower advanced paddlers for 3/4 mile and beginers for the rest.

If you need any scouting info on Shoulder Snapper (IV), Bear Falls (IV+), Bear Cub Falls (IV-), or the one that has no name and is just a frightening IV++ in high water, please e-mail me at

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Glen Conklin II
12 years ago

Ran this on 10/27/07. Graysontown gauge was 1200 cfs in AM, thought there would be plenty of water. Dropped fast, and we were able to get by well enough, but I wouldn't want to boat it any lower. Next time I paddle this, I am going to ask a landowner for permissiom to launch, and shave off miles of flatwater. It might move quicker at high water, but at lower flows it's not much fun. Very pretty scenery. Saw deer swimming across, great blue herons, and red-tail hawks. If there was a public access about halfway through, this would be a really cool trip.

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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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