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Staunton (Roanoke) River in Virginia

Trip Overview

Easy put in and take out. No fee! Local stores close by each end for forgotten or needed items. From the area residents the water was up a few feet from normal. The clarity of the water was exceptional which was confusing as normally raised water is more murky. Some rocks were hidden just out of view under the surface.

Nice drops and ledges creating an interesting ride. Just enough play areas between water paddles to break up the day--keeping splashes and laughs a plenty. Many easy places to pull off for picnic along the route.

While this trip took 5 hours, it could have taken much less as we stopped often to view wildlife and visit, swim and picnic along the way.


Easy take in and take out. Ruritans usually provide transportation/shuttle service for small fee from either end (take out or put in).




North from Brookneal on 501 turn left on Esnons Road (633) travel about 10 miles turning left at the Baptist Church following sign to Long Island Post Office. Go straight at the stop sign and turn left at the boat ramp sign in front of the post office.


Used local paper advertising annual Long Island Float Day sponsored by local Ruritans.

  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Water Type: River/Creek (Up to Class II)
  • Group Rates: No

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