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Difficulty I(II) at this flow (I-II normally)
Length 2.2 Miles
Flow Range 2.63 - 5.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 54 minutes ago ~ 2.44 [FT] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 12/04/2017 12:32 am

River Description

This fairly short reach passes through a steep-walled section. At higher flows there are few eddies and virtually no chance to exit the river (in the event of a swim) within the dells proper. Some fine surfing waves develop at low-to-moderate flows. There is one spot in the dells which may form a somewhat more significant wave/hole at certain levels which may be of concern. This run makes a great companion run for the near-by Trappe River.

Rapid Descriptions

Drainage: ~118 sq.mi.

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At our listed put-in drainage area is about 118 square miles (per former USGS gauge site). At our listed take-out it is 121 square miles (as calculated by USGS StreamStats 4.0 Beta software). That is an increase of only ~3%.

Our reference gauge (Prairie River) has drainage of 184 square miles, so flow on this run *could* be ~0.641 times (or a bit more than 5/8ths) that gauge.


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Andrew Meyer
5 years ago

Make sure to wear some foot protection at the put-in. I saw some dirty needles there last month.

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Andrew Meyer
7 years ago

I ran this stretch today at really close to 1500 cfs and it was a lot of fun. There was a big wave train through the dells with a number a catch-on-the-fly surfs. About midway through the dells there is a hole that can slow you down if you are not paying attention. The rapid below the dells had some big surf waves and was easily runnable on the left. Everything was read-and run. 750 is also a good level for play although everything has more definition. All still easily boat-scouted and the bottom rapid is still run left.

Gage Descriptions

* Referenced gauge is on the Prairie River, a relatively similar sized stream, about 7 miles north. It should provide fairly reliable correlation.

(Since it is not on this reach, I am using the 'stage' rather than 'gauge' (cfs) reading.)

Visual guage is the best. I have paddled/hiked with my boat when the gauge was reading "running" and I have paddled it successfully when the gauge was reading too low. See picture for minimum level.

Directions Description

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Andrew Lovering

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Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1208545 12/04/17 Rob minor edit
1192641 10/11/08 Andrew Lovering n/a