Dan River, Section 1 (Kibler Valley)
One of the big advantages here is that the road is a near-constant companion of the river, making for quick — and numerous — shuttles. (That’s also a plus to first-timers to Kibler Valley and newcomers to whitewater paddling who might want to do some scouting beforehand. According to our Winston-Salem store’s avid paddlers, “This tight, fast water has a couple of Class IIIs and can be run a number of times in one day. When the river is running there are usually enough people on it that a lone paddler can get on a group and grab some shuttles with little pre-planning.”
For a complete description of this stretch, including hazards, consult “Paddling Eastern North Carolina” (see below).
More info, including maps and access: “Paddling Eastern North Carolina,” Paul Ferguson (2007, Pocosin Press).
Length: 8.3 miles
Drive: 1 hour, 15 minutes
Put-in: Pinnacles Hydroelectric Plant off Kibler Valley Road
Take-out: Saw Mill Lane (SR 813) bridge
Time to complete: 3 hours
Gauge: none (see “Minimum flow”)
Minimum flow: River can be run when the Pinnacles Hydroelectric Plant at the put-in is generating at least 6,000 kilowatts of power, generating flow of 122 cfs. A better run is encountered when the plant is generating 7,500 watts for a flow of 152 cfs. Call the plant at 276.251.5141.
City: Patrick County