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We put in off of state route 231 in Somerset where it crosses over the Rapidan and went down to Spicers Mill. There is no direct put in or take out with a boat ramp, but it is easy enough to find a place to put in or take out as we did.
The float took about 2 and half to 3 hours and the water level was slightly low as a result of lack of rain which made for a few more scrapes. We are planning another trip to go from Somerset to Madison Mills which is were the river crosses under route 15 going towards Culpeper. I have been told that float would be around 4 or 5 hours. At Spicers Mill is the water intake for the town of Orange so you would need to take out and put in on the other side.
When we were doing our float, another group including a single kayaker and two people in a canoe, pulled out and reentered the river with no issues.
PFD's (Life Jackets)
4-place Boat Trailer