Rappahannock - 3. Kellys Ford to Motts Run

Rappahannock, Virginia, US


3. Kellys Ford to Motts Run

Usual Difficulty I-II (varies with level)
Length 24 Miles
Avg. Gradient 6 fpm
Max Gradient 6 fpm

Rappannock at Motts Landing

Rappannock at Motts Landing
Photo by RC Forney

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-01664000 3.55 - 6.50 ft III+ 00h39m 7.11 ft (too high)
At high levels, the rapids become big wave trains. The upper limit is a guess.

River Description

This reach is an open canoe float through suprisingly unspoiled countryside mostly owned by the city of Fredericksburg, VA to protect its water supply. It is best done as an overnight trip due to the few takeouts or putins along this 24 mile section.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2003-09-26 01:27:47


Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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May 10 2010 (3144 days ago)
jdzielak (151728)
Ran this section over the weekend and the lower level cutoff is definitely accurate. We didn't have
to get out and drag except one time when we got right of the island at the first commercial
campground and ended up on a sand bar. The level was at 3.45 when we left on Saturday and 3.35 when
we got back on Sunday. We camped right where the two rivers converge and the paddling times were 7
hours on the first day and 3 hours on the second (we were actually paddling, not floating). At this
level the rapids are way over-rated. There were some tricky class I for sure but I wouldn't rate
anything class II at this level.
May 26 2009 (3494 days ago)
x (1)
This is a pristine float with good water quality There is lots of wildlife including bald eagles,
herons, turtles, and water snakes. This is a perfect float for overnight camping. There are many
campsites along the river especially near the confluence. This float has several Class IIs and is a
good one to hone boat steering skills. The water level was around 3.6 on the Remington gauge and
this level was a little scrapy through the rapids. There are many stone locks, old mill dams, and
canal walls to keep those who appreciate history intriqued. I would recommend this float to anyone
who wants to get away from civilization even though much of it lurks a short drive away.

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