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Difficulty I-II
Length 21 Miles
Flow Range 250 - 2100 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 48 minutes ago 6.57 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 03/23/2018 5:32 pm

River Description

This is a great small canoeing stream at the proper level. At higher levels, low water bridges clogged with strainer debris become problems. This river has some really big trees, some of which grow alongside the river and some of them which are creating huge tangles in the river itself.

The takeout is at Elizabeth Furnace, which is also the putin for the more adventurous whitewater section of this river most commonly paddled. Putins for the Upper Passage are located at bridges that cross the river at various points as the Passage wends its way up this very geologically interesting valley, which is entirely surrounded by Massanutten mountain.

Rapid Descriptions


Gage Descriptions

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NF Shenandoah at Coote's Store is usually used. Just over 1 ft. on the painted gauge on the Rt. 55 bridge is a good level for this trip.

Directions Description

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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.

Tony Allred Jr


Matt Muir


Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1209119 03/23/18 Tony Allred Jr 3-23-3018 - cleanup
1191774 04/01/05 n/a n/a