Rapidan - Ely Ford (Route 610) to Motts Run


Rapidan, Virginia, US

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Ely Ford (Route 610) to Motts Run (Lower Rapidan)

Usual Difficulty II (for normal flows)
Length 15 Miles
Avg. Gradient 8 fpm
Max Gradient 8 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
RAPIDAN RIVER NEAR CULPEPER, VA
usgs-01667500 1.60 - 18.00 ft II 00h54m 1.78 ft (running)
Upper limit for best boatability uncertain. Please help your fellow boaters with a comment or report.


River Description

Busy canoeing run through unspoiled land owned by the City of Fredricksburg to protect its water supply. This run takes you down 7 miles of the Rapidan and 8 miles of the Rappahannock with no alternate putins or takeouts below Motts Run.

The main Class II+ rapids are above and below the confluence with the Rappahannock.
StreamTeam Status: Verified
Last Updated: 2002-07-14 06:39:54

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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July 14 2002 (5881 days ago)
Matt MuirDetails
Ed Evangelidi testifies:
This classic trip is a tiring run as the lower section is fairly flat and susceptible to headwind.
There is an outfitter at the T.O. [Clore Brothers (540) 786-7749] that can help with shuttles or
other river needs. Below the confluence you cross both civil war river crossings and the east coast
gold mining belt.


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