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Difficulty I-III
Length 21.5 Miles
Gauge NEW RIVER AT GLEN LYN, VA
Flow Range 2.50 - 6.60 FT
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 3.35 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 10/30/2018 12:46 am

River Description


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.

Rapid Descriptions

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8 years ago

It's really great that people are shairng this information.

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Ron Bright
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10 years ago

There are three basic lines on the second major rapid from the put in. (Where Shumate Falls is located). 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 site where Shumate Falls is located is class III+ /-IV with a major keeper hole in the horseshoe. To scout this rapid you must get out out the island and cross 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.

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Andrea Jones
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12 years ago

Putin is at Glen Lyn park on river right, just upstream of the Rt 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. 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.

Gage Descriptions

The gauge will reflect variable daily flow because of releases from the Claytor Dam about 45 miles upstream.

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1198540 11/02/10 Matt Muir Added coords, text from comments, and abstract; added second state.
1210048 07/13/18 Tony Allred Jr 7-10-2018 - cleanup
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