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The put in is at a public park at Long Island ,VA, Rt. 761. There is about 1/2 mile of flat water and then you get to lots of rock gardens. Most boaters stay river left here, but you can run this section most anywhere if you don't mind dragging over some rocks. The river opens up and you paddle a mix of flat sections and rapids.
Be sure to keep an eye out for the old bridge columns. This bridge was burnt in the Civil War. There are also old cut channels and walls that now are great sets of fast small rapids.
About 7 miles down, you will see a dock jutting out of the right bank. Stay right, because even though the river is runnable all way across, the rapid on the right is awesome and is surf-able at most any water level (it's the only really good surfing wave on the river).
Near the end of the run, you will come to a rock that seems to span the whole river. Stop in the middle somewhere and get out and check out the run:
To the right is a cut channel, it's great for beginners.
To the left is a little more difficult, but lots more fun.
Better yet, run the right, pull back up & run the left!
Need a guide or a shuttle buddy? We make the run lots, as it is a dam release run and runnable 365.
As always, a VA. Atlas and Gazetteer is great, especially if you get lost.
Free Standing Boat Racks
Recreational Kayak Paddle