See Virginia Whitewater by H. Roger Corbett What a beautiful river with the high rock walls and birds of prey residing in the cliff faces. This is not a good section for the serious whitewater boater but is a great section for the serious fisherman. Most people take out at the public landing at Pembroke instead of floating to Ripplemeade, or put in at Pembroke and float to Pearisburg (Bluff City). While in this area, you should see the Cascades waterfall just out of Pembroke. The falls are over 60 feet high and can be reached by a fairly easy 2 mile hike in. Little Stony Creek has been granted a tier-3 Exceptional Waters status from the state and runs beside the hike to the falls. If you like serious creeking, then check out the Little Stoney reach. Mountain Lake, where they filmed Dirty Dancing, is but a few miles from here and the Castle Rock and White Rock rec areas are nearby.
Did Eggleston to Ripplemead today at 4.26 feet. Water level was very good for the float.
Very pretty trip through the bluffs. Occasional ripple rapids, with one Class 2 just past the Pembroke boat ramp.
The 2 guages to watch for this section are Radford and Glen Lyn, Va. When they release from Clator Lake, just above Radford, it takes about 24 hours for the water to get to Glen Lyn.
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