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Difficulty II+(III)
Length 3 Miles
Gauge N/A
Flow Range
Reach Info Last Updated 09/23/2010 2:24 pm

River Description

This run isn't much on the whitewater, but the scenery makes it worth it.
Some very nice cliff formations parallel the river on both banks making hard to remember there is civilization right there also.
This run can be boat scouted with the exception of the low head dam you will notice on the way upstream. This drop creates a sticky hole but it can be ran on a tongue in the middle.
One other drop a ways upstream from the put in is the only known ledges along this run so far. Some area creeks may offer a slight potential for some cl II-III boating.

Getting There:After taking the right turn out of Pennington Gap follow the road upstream past Stone Face Market and observe the river. Just a ways upriver you come to the community of St Charles. Here make a right over the bridge where the river forks (you'll be following a fork) a short distance up the road is a pull out on the right. One can put in here.

Take Out One can take out 6 miles into town at the athletic field or shorten the trip a bit by taking out just downstream of Stone Face Market and the lowhead dam. This makes for about 3 miles of river and scenery.

Rapid Descriptions


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11 years ago

I live in the area, and have seen this section of the river at high water. It changes dramatically with a few inches of rain. So if any paddlers out there want to chase some rain and stake out, you will have some good paddling.

No Gage

Gage Descriptions

For now this river has no known gauge. The Powell @ Big Stone Gapan indicator.
This gauge should probably read somewhere in the 500cfs and higher for this reach to likely be running.

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


Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1198172 09/23/10 Matt Muir Changed putin: St. Charles --> Purcell
1191785 02/19/07 n/a n/a