Difficulty I-III
Length 6.8 Miles
Flow Range 190 - 5000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 28 minutes ago 93.6 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 04/03/2019 11:19 am

River Description

An anonymous tipster provides:
Fun run for those looking to see what a creek run is like. Runoff is primarily from new neighborhood developments and a large farm with HUGE manure pile on the banks of Back Creek. Wear nose plugs!

Jimmy Thomas provides:
We ran this at a level of 190 cfs (~4'). Its a fun run, but I would not do it much lower. We started at Starkey Park soccer fields and went to Red Hill Baptist Church on Rt. 220. (If you park and take out at the church, please ask permission if there is anyone there and let them know you are kayaking.) We portaged one rapid in the first half with about a 4 foot drop, because the landing was a bit too shallow at this water level. Also portaged a dam drop further downstream. Both of these would likely be runnable with more water. Only one tree down in this section, that can be squeezed under or easily portaged.
Ran again on 4-3-09 at 475 cfs (~5'). Great level, no scraping and everything was runnable.

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Attention Virginia Boaters!

2003-04-24 00:00:00-04
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.

Thomas O'Keefe