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Scott and I explored a new (to me) paddling area.  We put our boats in off 48 in Roanoke Rapids and floated/swam to the boat launch on Rockfish Drive.  This area is known for the rockfish fishing.  This time of year they are releasing water from the dam for spawning.  When the water is lower at the end of June the rapids are larger and much more fun.  Although on this trip they were fun and the last one made me swim.  Don't take a flat water sit on top kayak through whitewater and not excpect to go for a swim.

This trip took Scott and I about an hour and fifteen minutes.  With the high water the current is strong and perfect for a short ride.  You do pass the paper mill and sewage plant but they are only by yourside for a brief time.  After that you go through woods.  You do go under I95 during this trip but it is still very scenic.  We saw Osprey, river otters, gar fish, carp, turtle, and one blue heron that we followed down the river for about 2 miles. 

Please remeber our next two paddles: June 9th Bannister River and July 14 the Staunton River State Park adventure.


Paddle safe out there!

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Greetings, we're glad you found us! Upper Reach is a brand new program for our community and we're working hard to make things happen. With any luck at all we'll have our first paddling outing this fall (when its much cooler) and hope you will join us. Mark you calendars for October 15th and watch the events calendar for updated information.

We're working on a lot of fronts and can use all of the help we can  muster. Step up and hit the Get Involved button and send us a note on your interest. We're working on our eagle cameras and osprey platforms where we've joined Dave Kramar- Virginia Tech Conservation Management Institute who is applying for some USFWS funding. If he is successful Rick and Lee will join him in installing the first (that I know anyway) Lake Country eagle camera.

We are exploring otions with VA DGIF to add an accessible canoe/kayak launch at the Steel Bridge/Historic US 1 Landing. this will enable personsiwth disabilities to enjoy paddling our cornerstone trail. Lots of veterans and disability groups are asking for this and we want eveyone involved. Sound interesting...hit that Get Involved button.

Get out and Explore some of the trails. They are there for you to enjoy and they belong to you. You've already paid for them.

Check out the hot political events on our Roanoke River Basin Association site (see links) as well as our other friends.

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