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Difficulty V+
Length 3.5 Miles
Gauge POWELL RIVER AT BIG STONE GAP, VA
Flow Range 1500 - 10000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 48 minutes ago 467 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 02/07/2005 9:29 am

River Description


This creek is a rarely run trib of Little Stony. The gradient is steep, the creek is comprised of steep boulder gardens and BIG drops. Many of the boulder gardens lead directly into the bigger drops on the creek. Better have the -A- game for this run! The Ramey Fork drops close to 650 feet in 1.5 miles, this is a steep one. And it dumps into Little Stony just above where the good action starts.

The Ramey Fork is also located in the heart of the Jefferson National Forest, which is being threatened by heavy logging practices.One of the headwater streams for the Ramey Fork flows right through a disgusting timber cut.

The Ramey Fork has changed up a bit due to the flooding over the last couple of years. A decent portion of it is very sketchy now, two sieves have opened up and there is no clear way around them. There have been some changes in the smaller rapids as well. Not to mention some of the lumber. The pool at the bottom of the big drop looks as if it has gotten shallower.

The run should be scouted well before any attempt at running it.

Rapid Descriptions

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Rob. Taylor
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7 years ago

More garbage beta from a faulty streamkeeper. This has a few choked up drops dropping into Little Stony. Not much more.

Gage Descriptions

This one takes alot of water to get going and once it does, look out. You are in for a ride!

Look for the Powell River @ Big Stone Gap to be running 1500 cfs and rising.

Another good indication is the Automatic Flood Warning System. Check this at Automated Flood Warning System.

Look at station 1059. During the fall/winter/spring months look for 1.5"+ of rainfall for the run to have water. During summer months look for upward of 2" of rainfall for a run.

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Directions Description


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Attention Virginia Boaters!

2003-04-24 00:00:00-04
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.
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Matt Muir