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Difficulty IV-V(V+)
Length 2 Miles
Gauge N/A
Flow Range
Reach Info Last Updated 09/12/2018 11:04 am

River Description

This section of teh Dan is steep and hard core whitewater.

Rapid Descriptions


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Kenneth Swarey
7 years ago

I hiked this section this past spring after a period of impressive rainfall hoping to observe water topping the dam but no such luck. The damkeeper informed me that this rarely ever happens...maybe once a year. Scour lines in the gorge indicate flows may have reached the 500-700 cfs on a previous overflow. This would make for a very dangerous situation on a very small stream topping out at 250 fpm. I have waded/fished the gorge about 1.5 miles upstream of the powerhouse and noted a couple what I would guess would be IIIs or IVs and runnable levels. The gradient in the lower part of the gorge is only about 80 fpm. As Jon mentioned earlier, the real meat is within 1.5 miles of the dam where it tops out at around 250 fpm.

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Chris Gorman
12 years ago

Anyone have any information on the Sawtooth Gorge Section? Wood?

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jon jolly
13 years ago

the section below the dam was spilling today.......due to the danville power and light having joined a new electric cooperative......some guy in Ohio calls the shots on production scheduling.....I was told today that we should look for the damm to spill possibly more this month....this would be an excellent chance to get a better look at whats lays below the dam in the dewatered stretch......Keith Vestal from Stokes County NC ran it 2 summers ago ....the dam was spilling for the Kibler valley run....due to penstock repairs.....he hiked at least 2 miles up from the powerhouse and ran some great slides and manky boulder drops.....the real stuff starts just below the base of the dam and includes the big falls of the dan....20+footer?

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Gage Descriptions

The Dam releases water during floods.

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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.

Tony Allred Jr


Matt Muir


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1210331 09/12/18 Tony Allred Jr 9-10-2018 - adjusted order number
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