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Difficulty II-IV
Length 15 Miles
Flow Range 4.00 - 6.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 34 minutes ago 1.65 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 08/11/2001 11:02 pm

River Description

Virginia Whitewater, Roger Corbett

The Upper Rapidan and its nearby sibling the Conway are Class III whitewater runs that start at the Shenandoah National Park boundary. Both rivers suffered extensive damage in the 1995 flood and were essentially "rebuilt", which means they were cleared of debris and a new cobbled river bed was created for them. Due to the gradient in the upper sections of these rivers, this makes for a pretty exciting first section.

The river overall has a variety of hazards, including fences, cattle gates and low water bridges.

To run the best 8 miles, use the alternate takeout at Rt. 230. Below this, the river calms down to a Class II. There is a dangerous low head dam right above Rt. 29 that should be portaged left.

Rapid Descriptions


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Matt Muir
18 years ago

Ed Evangelidi testifies:
This creek is easier than the Conway to pick and choose whether you want a Cl 2 or 3 or 4 trip, as the rapids are fairly stratified with the steeper sections upstream having harder rapids. The Conway mixes up the level of rapids more and has more dangerous low-water bridges in the upper sections.

Gage Descriptions

Also refer to the rain/streamflow gauges for this area. The Rt. 29 gauge is located near the takeout.

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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