New, Virginia, US/West Virginia, US
09. Glen Lyn, VA to Bull Falls Camping Area, WV
||I-III (for normal flows)
Shumate FallsPhoto taken 10/30/18
The takeout is on river right at Bulls Falls campground.
Andrea Jones reports:
Putin is at Glen Lyn park on river right, just upstream of the Rte. 460 bridge at Glen Lyn. About
a mile downstream of the putin is a rapid that has a 3 - 4 ft drop on the right into a
horseshoe-shaped hole / foam pile, Shumate Falls. The left side is a class II cobble bar. Most of
the other rapids are class I-II with an area on the right side of the river that appears to have
been blasted out at some time in the past. NOTE: This is the backwater of Bluestone Lake and, if
the lake is high, the last few rapids could be swallowed by the lake. Bluestone Dam is currently
used for flood control, but could be converted to power generation in the future.
Another reader reported:
There are three basic lines on the second major rapid from the putin, Shumate Falls. At 4.18 feet
there are two class-II slots to the left. There is a center line which is a low class III with a
sticky hole which is easy to punch through. The far right side, Shumate Falls proper, is class
III+ /IV- with a major keeper hole in the horseshoe. To scout this rapid you must get out on the
island and cross a barbed wire fence on the other side of the island. As 8/7/09 the land was not
posted. I do not recommend to eddy out above the rapid. If you decide not to run the rapid, there
is heavy fast current and it is truly a scary ferry to get to river left.
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Last Updated: 2018-10-30 00:46:19