Tye, Virginia, US
|Usual Difficulty||I-II(III) (for normal flows)|
|TYE RIVER NEAR LOVINGSTON, VA|
|usgs-02027000||150 - 10000 cfs||I-II(III)||00h35m||160 cfs (running)|
|Upper limit for best boatability uncertain. Please help your fellow boaters with a comment or report.|
The Lower Tye is a great option for those looking for some mild whitewater in an undeveloped and fairly scenic setting. This section is popular with everyone from family floaters to inner-tubers. The usual hazards (foot entrapment, wood or "strainers" in the flow, etc.) apply, but generally the river handles a wide range of flows.
This section is the sight of an annual downriver race and family-friendly gathering put on by
Nelson County Parks & Recreation and the Nelson Area Paddlers. The race is usually the first
weekend in May.
Take-out: You have at least two options for take-out points.
1. The first option - making for a shorter trip - is the Falling Rock Road (Rt. 654) bridge. There is some parking along the road on the river-right side of the bridge. This can also be used as a put-in point for a trip down the lower part of this stream reach.
2. The lower option - making for a longer run - is to take-out at the confluence with Rucker Run. The coordinates used on this webpage correspond to the Rucker Run confluence. Be aware that the access to this spot is unclear. There have been some issues with access here and reportedly law enforcement may have warned - or ticketed (?) - paddlers trying to cross the field from the river to the parking area, which is actually adjacent to the bridge over Rucker Run. Please respect private property and do not even think of driving across the field between the road and the Tye River.
Put-in: There may be a few options for put-in access as well
1. The put-in coordinates used for this webpage are on South Powell Island Road. Stay away from areas that are posted against trespassing and use judgement. Some folks access the river at a point known as "hippie hole" along this road.
2. There is private access at the end of South Powell Island Rd. that is closest to Tye River Road. You may need to ask permission to launch here, and park in the appropriate location designated by the landowner.
3. Falling Rock Road is a lower option. See the description above.