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Difficulty I-II
Length 3.5 Miles
Flow Range 110 - 5000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 3990 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 09/19/2006 7:56 am

River Description


Milburnie Dam Canoe Access off of Old Milburnie Road


Poole Road Canoe Access off of Poole Road

Gentle paddle on the Neuse River east of Raleigh. This section has several small rapids. This section passes by Anderson Point Park at the confluence with Crabtree Creek. Gunnison Rapid (Class II) is midway between the confluence and Poole Road. This section of river is part of the Neuse River Canoe Trail.

Rapid Descriptions

Island Rapid

Class - I Mile - 0.5
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Rapid is near island past put-in. River can be run on either side of the island. River left is the shorter route.

US 64 Bridge Rapid

Class - I Mile - 1
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Rapid is run through center.

Gunnison Rapid

Class - II Mile - 2.5
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The main flow is river left. Rapid consists of small waves. Rapid created by a large rock outcropping. Nice place to get out and explore.


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Banks Dixon
6 months ago

The small rapid, Gunnison, has a large tree and root ball at bottom of rapid. While it is possible to skirt past this on river left, the root ball and upper tree branches block most of river right, center, and a bit of river left flow. Root ball is dangerously undercut. A swim or uncontrolled boat from practicing/learning skills in Gunnison or an unsuspecting recreational kayaker would not be good. The root ball is large enough that it would require some serious saw work to move/remove, or it is likely here until the next high water event.

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Banks Dixon
6 years ago

Poole Rd Access is open again. Parking is improved but the launch/access to the water remains the same.

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Hank Stroup
7 years ago

Gunnison Rapid was a fun begineer rapid @ 170 CFS.

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10 years ago

Gunnisons rapid is fun from about 200 cfs to about 2000 cfs. You can take the right line at higher flows, the center line at medium flows, and the left line at lower flows. If you enjoy this enough to do over again, take out on river left and walk back the 150 yards or so via a well worn trail. Take out is easy, but put in above the rapids can be difficult and muddy. At times muscrat are rampant in this area, with about 20 seen during one run.

Gage Descriptions

Please also see Crabtree Creek at US 1 for additional flow into this section.

Directions Description

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Matt Muir


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