Tye - 2. US 29 to James River

Tye, Virginia, US


2. US 29 to James River

Usual Difficulty I-II(III) (for normal flows)
Length 13.5 Miles
Avg. Gradient 8 fpm

Lower Tye Local

Lower Tye Local
Photo of Peyton Galloway taken 5/2006

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-02027000 120 - 10000 cfs I-II(III) 00h53m 522 cfs (running)
Upper limit for best boatability uncertain. Please help your fellow boaters with a comment or report.

River Description


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2013-08-24 12:35:01


Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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April 27 2017 (389 days ago)
TheHerbwitch (159048)
We ran this stretch today from US 29 through the confluence to the Wingina boat ramp on the James
below JRSP. The Tye was at 341cfs when we put on and 304 cfs when we took out. I think it would
have been perfect with just a little more water to pad a few of the rough places. I wouldn't
recommend this run below 300 cfs because you need the extra water to get you to the confluence in a
timely fashon. At this level, most of the river was made up of class 2 wavetrains with several nice
class 3 spots in between. This stretch is fast, secluded and fun. Total run time was @7 hours with
a couple of extended breaks.
April 30 2012 (2212 days ago)
x (1)
The dam mentioned in the description was removed in July 2007. That means that you can now put on
the Piney and take off on the Tye.
July 6 2011 (2511 days ago)
steveriddle (153302)
At the begining of June 2011 we did this run at 76cfs and it wasn't bad. Did it in my Old Town 158
and had no problems and the fishing is GREAT !!!
July 6 2011 (2511 days ago)
x (1)
6/22/2010. We are kayaking at 032cfs. We'll let you know how it goes. Anyone paddle this level
before? It took us about 12 hours of dragging our kayak at 32cfs we went today 6/20/11 300cfs and
did it in 3.5 hours an excellent run after a good rain the night before. Would not want to run it
below 200cfs
July 14 2006 (4329 days ago)
Gus OsimitzDetails
We paddled the lower Tye on 7-2-2006 at 180 cfs - very nice in an open canoe - would be fun in a
kayak. We paddled it in ww-kayaks on 7-7-2006 at 120 cfs - scraped a bit in several places - I
would not recommend the river at 120 cfs or below.

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