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Difficulty II-III
Length 9 Miles
Flow Range 800 - 20000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 33 minutes ago 123 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 03/28/2009 4:57 pm

River Description

The South River is one of three very comparable Rapidan watershed river sections that can be scouted from Route 230. The other two nearby rivers are the Conway, also known as the Middle Fork, and the Rapidan itself.

Start your trip by scouting from the Rt. 230 bridge. There is an RC gauge on the downstream side of the bridge. A zero level on this gauge is sufficient for both the upstream and the downstream sections.

To run all 9 miles, set your shuttle by proceeding east on 230 for approximately one mile. Turn right on 619 and go for 2-3 miles to where a bridge crosses the South. The South runs into the Rapidan about a mile below this point.

The putin can be reached from 230 by heading north on 621, which turns into 637. There is a white church at the intersection of 637 and 638. There is parking here and a decent putin.

This river uses its gradient very consistently to provide lots of Class II rapids. You also get lots of creeky challenges like low water bridges and strainers galore. At the beginning the rapids are pretty much continuous. Even though the gradient slows down a bit, there is plenty to keep you thinking for the whole nine mile run.

Doing all 9 miles can be somewhat of a mild epic, so you could break it up and just do the top half by taking out at Rt. 230 even though the takeout isn't much here.

Rapid Descriptions


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11 years ago

Tried to run 3/20/09. Gauge read 2.98 on AW, but there was only a few inches of water in creek and it was completely unrunnable. Gauge may be stuck. Make sure other rivers in area are running as well before attempting this run.

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John Duke
12 years ago

copy link for a video of this run...........

Gage Descriptions

Catch this quickly after a hard rain.

Directions Description

We have no additional detail on this route. Use the map below to calculate how to arrive to the main town from your zipcode.

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Attention Virginia Boaters!

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.

Matt Muir


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