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Difficulty I-II(III)
Length 2 Miles
Flow Range 600 - 2000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 47 minutes ago 55.2 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 04/04/2001 7:54 pm

River Description

See also the Russell Fork,VA: Bartlick Bridge to Garden Hole,Russell Fork Gorge, Russell Fork,KYsections


Entrance to first rapid at Dam

This stretch of the Pound River below Flannagan Dam is a short and easy stretch of whitewater suitable for novice whitewater boaters. Puting in directly below the dam outflow at the upper part of the tailwater picnic area (a developed area maintained by the Army Corps of Engineers complete with restrooms,picnic tables, playground and running,potable water ) allows the paddler to include the first and most challenging rapid in this section. Alternatively, this first rapid may be skipped by putting in the large calm water eddy at the lower end of the picnic area. Upon reaching the Bartlick Bridge takeout the paddler may choose to run the right chute or center chutes into the pool below or skip this final drop and take out above on river right. Caution is advised when running the right chute to scout for deadfall that ocassionaly appears. Caution is also advised when running the center chute between the Bartlick bridge pilings as there is a rather sticky, potential "keeper" hydraulic that may cause the novice or less skilled paddler difficulty.

Shuttle Directions

Bartlick Bridge Takeout::
Following VA80 east towards Haysi,VA look for VA611 on the right about 5-6miles past the Breaks Park. follow VA611 till it crosses the Russell Fork at the Bartlick Bridge.

Flannagan Dam Putin:
Continue across the Bartlick Bridge over the Russell Fork and follow VA611 to the first road on the left. follow this road till it crosses over the Flannagan Dam then take the first road on the left across the dam which drops down to the dam tailwater picnic area.

Rapid Descriptions


Gage Descriptions

This section is totally dependent upon the Flannagan Dam releases for flow and is most often paddled during the annual fall whitewater releases every weekend in October.

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.

Matt Muir


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