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Difficulty III+(IV)
Length 4 Miles
Flow Range 285 - 10000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 26 minutes ago 126 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 04/06/2009 9:08 pm

River Description

The gorge is a very fun section, good for intermediates or someone who just enjoys class III fun in a scenic gorge. The rapids become more difficult the further into the gorge you get so it gives those who are stepping up to class III runs a chance to warm up. It's a step down from the Goshen Pass section of the Maury (a near by run) but it remains fun, fairly busy and runs pretty often.

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The putin is located at public fishing access just off Rt. 678 northwest of Williamsville. Heading north on 678 from Williamsville look for Mill run (a small creek) to pass under the road after you leave the gorge. Just after the creek (within 50 yards or so) look to the right and the road to the fishing access should be seen (there's no sign as of this writing). If you get to where the river is road side you've gone too far.

Most people take out at the Rt. 614 bridge, there's a small parking lot there off Rt. 678 next to the bridge. It's possible to continue down from here to the confluence with the Cowpasture. There's a swinging bridge there with a parking lot (go down Rt. 628 to get to the swinging bridge).

Generally the access hasn't been a problem the river is heavily used by trout fishermen who use all of the above access points to wade up and down the river. It is however a good idea to always be careful and not to do anything that would anger any residents. I know that the cowpasture has had it's access problems north of the confluence with the Bullpasture so like most any Virginia river be careful or risk access.

I'm waiting for the next rains to bring up the water so I can add some pictures and attach the rapid descriptions to them.

Rapid Descriptions

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Class - III Mile - 2.5
This rapid you start in the center moving right through a small hole, you then turn and cut back toward the left to avoid a rock that most of the current is taking you towards.

Double Ledge

Class - III+ Mile - 3
A 3 foot ledge leading into a 5 foot ledge. Both holes created by the ledges are pretty sticky and have been known the hand out quite the trashing to those unprepared. The second ledge at high water can become a very serious hazard. The traditional line is to punch the top hole at it's weakest point on the far left catch an eddy there and ferry above the second ledge out to the center of the drop and riding the tongue through the hole about 5 feet left of the rock in the center of the river(be careful of this rock as it is undercut).

False Falls

Class - III Mile - 3.1
Known by many names (8 foot falls, Beaver Falls, etc) this is a 5 foot drop at the bottom of the pool below Double Ledge. The best place to run this drop is in the center of the river to the left of a truck sized rock. The rapids on either side of this drop are trashy but runnable at most levels.


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Justin E Abel
7 years ago

Heads up to anyone paddling this run in the 1200-1400 cfs range. The nature of the river changes drastically from S-Turns to Double ledge. The rock gardens in between the two become formidable rapids in their own right. I would consider this area one long continuous rapid with breaks here and there. Be ready for big holes/pour-overs and a serious workout. And make sure to scout Double ledge, that boy gets massive! Be sure to check the level at the paddler's gauge on the Rt. 614 bridge in Williamsville. 2ft is the maximum recommended level on the guage. This coincides roughly with 1300cfs on AW.

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7 years ago

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Justin E Abel
8 years ago

Ran it this morning at around 800 cfs. It was a blast! No major hazards whatsoever. A few strainers partially blocking some rapids, but all easy to see and avoid.

Gage Descriptions


I'm putting the minimum at 220 cfs now people have run it as low as 180 cfs but I think some people are a bit more willing to put up with boat abuse than others! My personal minimum for a fun level is currently around 500 cfs. Everyone feel free to give me some feedback on the minimum or let me know a good max level by emailing me at Thank you all!

Directions Description

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Date Flow Result Factor  
2009-07-23 High Fatality Other Read More




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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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