Roanoke, North Fork - Riverside Church (Route 603) to Roanoke River (Route 727)

Roanoke, North Fork, Virginia, US


Riverside Church (Route 603) to Roanoke River (Route 727)

Usual Difficulty I-III (for normal flows)
Length 14 Miles

River Description

Virginia Whitewater, Roger Corbett
StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2007-01-07 11:39:03

Rapid Descriptions

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April 16 2014 (1651 days ago)
oakmanii (156407)
I just ran the lower section of this on Apr 13, the Roanoke had 300 cfs so there was enough water.
I got in at the Ironto Subway exit off I-81, and went until it joined the Roanoke. There was a 4'
dam immediately followed by another 3' dam followed by some significant rock difficulty, perhaps
level 3. We didnt want to do this without helmets so we made a 1/2 mile portage of our kayaks up a
very steep 80 ft cliff using ropes (about a 45 degree angle). Quite challenging for novices. This
area is just a little down river (east) from the Service Area on I-81 southbound at Ironto, which
is separated by a fence from the service area (no access). Yes, there still is a landowner's
dangerous fence, but that was upriver from where we got in.
March 4 2012 (2424 days ago)
x (1)
I've run it many times. It's a beautiful run through sparsely habited woods. You'll need three days
of solid rain for the water level to be high enough. As of Aug. 3, there hasn't been one runnable
day in 2010. If you live in Roanoke/Salem, you can check the river level at W. Riverside Dr. across
from the James Moyer Sports Complex in Salem. Usually the river only occupies the far 1/3rd of the
channel with the near 2/3rds being mud and rocks. If the river fills the whole channel, you're
probably good to go. If you can make it through the rock gardens along State Rt 603 (N. Fork Rd.),
then its running. Be careful at Seneca falls, there may be a pinning rock dead center. I drove
along 603 today between Falls Ridge Rd and Blacksburg, and was surprised to see a landowner's fence
through the river/creek. Watch out for it- major strainer.

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