Nottoway River, Virginia; Purdy Boat Ramp to Jarrett's Boat Ramp

by  Janetbg

A self-supported trip created by Janetbg

Trip Overview

USGS Water Gauge near Stoney Creek: 2.72', 151 CFS

Temperature: low eighties, winds 5-7 MPH, partly sunny

Time: 5 hours of lollygagging

A Team of two, Martha and Janet, put in at 10:00 amid boulders and rock. Islands of Water Willow and Wild Rice punctuate the landscape among the rock gardens. Class 1 rapids were plentiful. Banks are high and Beech and Oaks dominate the ridge tops, where Sycamore, River Birch, Tag Alder, Bladder Nut, Black Walnut, Water hickory form the riparian buffer. Golden Chanterelles grace the slopes while Oyster Mushrooms are plentiful on the very plentiful downfall encountered. We dragged bottom here and there, but no issues.

We found an island with two Nagshead hammocks in place and made it our lunch stop with time to hang out in the hammocks and discuss how beautiful and quiet 'tis the Nottoway River. King fishers, Eastern eyed click beetles, Prothonotary warblers, Yellow bellied sliders, and Osprey shared our adventure.

Highly recommend at a minimum water level of 3.0'.

See you on the water!


Gear Notes

Swifty Recreational Boat

Wilderness Tsunami 135

Trip Details

  • Trip Dates: 7/30/2023
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Water Type: River/Creek (Up to Class II)

Trip Location