Staunton - Long Island To Brookneal

Staunton, Virginia, US


Long Island To Brookneal (Roanoke)

Usual Difficulty I-II (for normal flows)
Length 11 Miles
Avg. Gradient 8 fpm

Rapid below Melrose

Rapid below Melrose
Photo of Pat by MES taken 02/09/08

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-02062500 1000 - 10000 cfs I-II 01h07m 898 cfs (too low)

River Description

"The Staunton River is really the Roanoke River on most official maps, but to the good people of southside Virginia, this river, from Leesville Dam to the backwaters of Kerr Reservoir, will always be the Staunton River. The local people kept removing the state-installed signs saying "Roanoke River" until the state gave up and installed "Staunton River" signs-----which were not removed. Isn't it great when people stand up for their beliefs against governments ?"

Page 553, Virginia Whitewater by H. Roger Corbett


Comment from 2009:
"Staunton from Long Island to Brookneal= 3 sections
1. Long Island to Melrose Ferry - 2.2 miles, class 1-2 @ 8 ft.
2. Melrose to River Campgrounds= 4.4 miles, class 1-2 @8 ft. w/ much beginner
3. Campground to Brookneal- 4.4 miles. 2 class 2+ w/best surfing @ 8-10 ft."

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2010-09-13 13:40:55


Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
2.2Melrose FerryN/AAccess

Rapid Descriptions

Melrose Ferry (Class N/A, Mile 2.2)

This is the approximate location of an alternate putin/takeout.

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