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Difficulty I-III
Length 8.5 Miles
Flow Range 3.00 - 5.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 37 minutes ago 1.65 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 07/14/2002 6:31 am

River Description

Stephen J. Ettinger sez:
If you just want to run the good whitewater, put in at parking area A in Prince William Park, for a 2.6 mile run down to Dumfries. After 1.5 miles of fast class I, with quite a few strainers, comes a 4 foot ledge (class III-), best run left to right. Then comes a quarter mile of class I-II and the confluence with the (smaller) main stem (called the "North Branch" in Corbett). Shortly thereafter starts the exciting descent of the fall line, starting with the toughest rapid -- a complex class IV- chute, dropping about 8 feet, which can be portaged on the right. Below that are a pair of class III- rapids, and then some easier ledges.

Ed Evangelidi testifies:
Park Police may or may not take kindly to you being on the creek through the park. Expect many strainers and a portage around a dam. This creek has been buttressed with wire-encased stone in part to keep the banks from eroding. Unfortunately this spoils the view.

Rapid Descriptions


Gage Descriptions

5 feet is flood stage.

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.

Matt Muir


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