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Below the Hwy 58 Bypass bridge is a broken dam. At the water level today it was only about a foot drop with a small wave following. We ran it with no trouble in the center. Current pulls you immediately to right, so a left to right diagonal line through breach in dam worked well.
Below this dam and before returning into North Carolina, is the site of Dix’s Ferry, where President George Washington crossed the Dan during his southern tour in 1791. Not much evidence of it now except what appears to be an old road sloping down bank river right. This is adjacent to the entry of Hance’s Branch on the opposite bank (river left).
Hogan’s Creek comes into the river at a medium sized, rocky bar in the center of the channel. Great place to stretch or snack. We bumped into a nesting goose that did not appreciate our presence. The river slows down and winds first southeasterly and then turns back north after Blanch, NC.
A mile above the take out at NC Wildlife Access Area at Milton, NC there is a Native American fish weir or “fish trap” consisting of several “V” rock formations pointing downriver. Nice rushing sound and swifter moving water. This is something interesting to see and is a nice change from the slow moving section that precedes it.
Take out is a concrete ramp on river left just before the Hwy 57/62 bridge. There is ample parking. Four hours from put in to take out with one or two stops and some floating
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