Gauge Description:

The gauge listed for this reach is using the virtual combination gauge that combines the natural flow reported at the "Russell Fork at Haysi, VA" and any releases from the "Pound River below Flannagan Dam near Haysi, VA" USGS gauges. This section may be run year round when there is sufficient rainfall to fill the free flowing Russell Fork or when the Flannagan Dam on the Pound River is releasing. Scheduled releases by are every weekend during the month of October. Check with the Army Corps of Engineers whitewater release pages. Minimum kayak/canoe level is around 400cfs, minimum 600 for small rafts. The run exceeds class IV above 1500cfs and has been run up to 10000cfs.

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Russell Fork Gorge
virtual-6393 400 - 1500 cfs II-III+ 00h37m 142.5 cfs (too low)

gauge graph
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
400 -1500 cfs barely runnable-high runnable II-III+ gauge is important or has warning

Reports give the public a chance to report on river conditions throughout the country as well as log the history of a river.

When River/Gauge Subject Level Reporter
Upper Russell Fork [VA] 20 Stitches 900 cfs Barry Grimes
> 10 years Bartlick Dam [VA] Bartlick Dam Hole n/a n/a
> 10 years Russell Fork [VA] All together now... release Spalding Hurst
> 10 years Russell Fork [VA] the rendevous at triple drop... fall release Brian Mattingly
> 10 years /Russell Fork-Bartlick Bridge (VA 611) to Garden Hole Road (Breaks Park) [VA] Here goes Railroad... 0 cfs Brian Mattingly
> 10 years Russell Fork [VA] Ryan - 20 Stitches 800 cfs Jared Ebelhar
> 10 years Russell Fork [VA] Bartlick Dam 800 cfs Jared Ebelhar
> 10 years Upper Russell Fork [VA] Look Downstream from 20 Stitches 800 cfs Barry Grimes