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Difficulty II
Length 9 Miles
Gauge CEDAR CREEK ABOVE HWY 11 NEAR MIDDLETOWN, VA
Flow Range 4 - 10 FT
Flow Rate as of: 9 years ago 1.56 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 05/25/2005 7:23 pm

River Description


This is a fun section of mini gorges and small pastoral valleys. The rapids (as you might expect) are frequently at turns where stunning rock walls show themselves.

The first mile or so tilts downhill with frequent II+ ledge series that hint at more serious stuff upstream. Things flatten out a bit and you're left with the occasional rapid and cobble garden.

A series of small state roads parallel the river without intruding much on the scenery. You can use low water bridges or spots where the river runs next to it for a putin. There is a low water bridge on a public road near where SR 600 and SR 622 intersect. There is a house right there so it's probably best to ask permission.

On a recent trip, I paddled down Paddy Run, a side tributary, to get access.

The bottom section of Cedar Creek is similar and holds its water longer. Also check out nearby Stony Creek, which is a very similar trip with slightly more aggressive rapids.

Rapid Descriptions

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Summary of Gauge Readings

This should roughly correlate to about 9 inches on the Rt. 55 bridge gauge.

This level should be suitable for the 9 miles above Rt. 55. As the river approaches the forest boundary, the difficulty increases to Class III, but you need more water as you lose some important tributaries like Paddy Run that contribute flow.

Gauge NameReadingTimeComment
CEDAR CREEK ABOVE HWY 11 NEAR MIDDLETOWN, VA
AW Gauge Info
1.56 ft 9y146d07h07m
CEDAR CREEK NEAR WINCHESTER, VA
AW Gauge Info
428 cfs ℹ️ 00h23m functional and my personal open canoe minimum for the lower segment is 200 cfs
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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