Rivanna, North Fork - Advance Mills (Route 604) to Route 29

Rivanna, North Fork, Virginia, US


Advance Mills (Route 604) to Route 29

Usual Difficulty II (for normal flows)
Length 12 Miles
Avg. Gradient 24 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-02032640 2.80 - 15.00 ft II 00h50m 2.14 ft (too low)

River Description

Virginia Whitewater, Roger Corbett
StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2004-02-10 23:17:39

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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January 3 2007 (4362 days ago)
Rob TrundleDetails
I am a believer in trying any river once, but I feel like we as locals owe it to non locals to call
it like we see it- this river really isn't worth the paddle. Class 1 is the BEST I could call it,
and it has a 4 foot dam/portage that lowers its desirability rating even further. I ran it "high"
(600cfs at Earlysville) on 1/1/06 because the Moormans hadn't come up (our best local stream) and I
thought being a "fork" it would be more interesting than the Main Rivanna. I am sad to say it
wasn't. If you're interested in an interesting whitewater stream (after all, this isn't American
Flatwater) in the Cville area, try the Moormans, Rivanna from Market to Shadwell, or head out
farther to the Hardware, Tye, etc.... It might be good to put a cooler of beer in the boat and fish
n' float, though. RT
February 10 2004 (5419 days ago)

I would like to pass along some hopefully useful information for this river.
The information currently displayed appears to be from Corbett's book,
however I believe there is now some better information available in regards
to gauge level.

The USGS has begun reporting data for this stream again at station ID#
02032640 found here:


The gauge that Corbett has referenced is in a different watershed, so using
the NF Rivanna gauge will deliver a more accurate measure of the NF Rivanna

From my observations, a minimum level for this stretch would be 2.8 ft on
the above gauge. I also feel that the difficulty rating has been overstated.
I would rate this river a class I-II- at most. I am an open boater and
probably rate rivers a little higher in difficulty than most kayakers.

Hopefully this information can be of use. Please let me know if you have any
other questions.


Daryl Beck

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