It can be run down to 1.5', but it's getting bony. There is a report of a run in a Grumman Canoe down to 1.3', but that was in the 1960's or 70's and the paddler was the late Wally Foster (RIP) who took special pride in running stuff lower than anyone else in his Grumman Canoe.
A realistic minimum for the upper part of the run is 2.0, below that you're going to scrape over rocks until you get to the Shenandoah (WV) US 340 bridge. Below the Shenandoah (WV) US 340 bridge, there is some surfing to be had at "Roller Coaster" and "White Horse" above 1.7
The stream starts changing character above 3 feet and gets bigger and faster. Most playboaters won't run this below 3 feet. Above 3 feet, several play options open up. This section can be run as high as your good sense and skill will allow.
Above 4 feet Staircase starts to take on some class 4 characteristics.
Expert playboaters love the river around 5 feet, and a couple of local professionals say that at 10 feet the river has some of the best playwaves in the east.
|SHENANDOAH RIVER AT MILLVILLE, WV|
|usgs-01636500||1.75 - 9.00 ft||II||09h03m||1.72 ft (too low)|
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