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Difficulty I-III
Length 7.5 Miles
Flow Range 1200 - 10000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 25 minutes ago 2850 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 07/13/2018 1:37 pm

River Description

Richie Hughes suggested:
When one gets to Byllesby Reservoir, there is a takeout on the right after 2 miles of lake paddling. This is a Virginia state boat launch ramp. To get to this takeout, check the Virginia gazetteer.There are brown info signs leading you to this takeout. Bike shuttle is not possible when taking out on the right since the New River Trail is on the other side of the lake. First 2 miles below Fries is flatwater. Next 2.5 miles is delightful class 2 and low 3. Then 2 miles or more of lake.

David Sichi shared:
Ran Fries to Byllesby Damn. Nice run 2 miles of rapids class 2-3 depending on level. This run is approx. half rapids, half flatwater. Great place to teach people how to read water; good defined features with little worry about a bad swim. The shuttle is a little long but worth the trip. Taking out at Byllesby Damn shortened the trip to 8 miles. The takeout at Byllesby Bamn is overgrown; take out approx. 1 mile earlier and carry to vehicle following the New River Trail, which runs parallel to the river for the entire run. Take a bike for solo shuttle; the trail is very easy and fast on bike.

For a longer, 32-mile trip, head downstream to Allisonia: lat 36.9399, lon -80.7367.

Donald Gurkin commented: A very fun run especially for novice. We ran it in open canoes with camping gear and in whitewater kayaks. At higher levels there are many holes and waves to play on, but nothing so big as to get a novice in trouble. Great two- or three-day camping trip.


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Date Flow Result Factor  
2008-09-20 Low Fatality Solo Paddling Read More



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