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The first rapid is Lunchstop and it is just a wave train/drop with a wave near the top at low levels and a wave/hole develops at the bottom from 3500 CFS and up. From there move to the main channel known as Ocean Boulevard. Just a mass of waves and stuff to mess around with (nothing big at all). Then back to river right for a little 3 foot drop. At high levels the drop washes out and becomes a hole. There has been a tree over this drop for a while so just make sure before going over to not run it to far left or you might hit your head or if it is high.
From there continue along the right to Gabriels Bend the main rapid of the section. There are many eddies to catch to make it fun, otherwise you can just bomb down and hit the waves and holes. Pretty much straightforward through the middle with the easier route being to hug the left side. At low levels there is a good little hole at the bottom then it just gets bigger as it gets higher. Normally stay around here and play for a while.
Then you have a bunch of options as how to continue. River right is good at higher levels but go more to the middle for the "Maze" at lower levels. After that there is nothing significant just continue into the lake and take out.
All in all itís a great run for the Piedmont of NC and only 30 minutes from Raleigh/Durham. When the river is running, there are usually a good number of local boaters that you can run with.
There is always the Middle Haw that provides an easier option as well.
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