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Discharge and Gage Height near Francisco, NC

This page is for sections 2, 3 and 4 of the Dan River. The page for section 1, Kibler Valley, can be found here.  Click on the photos for trip reports, photos and videos from each trip.

 

December 29, 2007  Jessup's Mill - After two and a half months without rain, 22 paddlers, mostly from the Smith River Valley Canoe Club, showed up to paddle the Jessups Mill section of the Dan.  The mist hung low, the air was warm and the water provided by overnight rains held out just enough to keep the level above 1.9 feet.

River Depth at Francisco gauge = 2 feet   Discharge = 220 cubic feet per second


January 1, 2007  Jessup's Mill -  A great run with guys from SRVCC following an inch and a half of overnight rain. 

River Depth at Francisco gauge = 4 feet   Discharge = 1660 cubic feet per second

 


November 12, 2006  Jessup's Mill -   Awesome, awesome day running the 7 mile Jessup's Mill section.  Blue skies, warm sun, clear water, cold air, little boofs off little rocks and an 8 point buck.

River Depth at Francisco gauge = 1.68 feet


August 20, 2006  Frye Rd to Flinchum Rd. - Our first family canoe outing, two years to the day after my first kayak trip on the Dan.  Even with extremely low water, we had a very successful and fun trip down the river.  Well, except for the part where we put a hole in our good friend Jeff's 16 foot Mad River canoe.

River Depth at Francisco gauge = 1.4 - 1.5 feet   Discharge = 78-95 cubic feet per second


March 26, 2006  Jessup's Mill -  For a myriad of reasons the Jessup's Mill section of the Dan had eluded me, but we finally got a chance to run it on a cold day with absurdly low water.  It was the best trip yet, I absolutely loved it.  Fantastic scenery around every bend and a surprisingly high number of class II rapids.  Video Clip (9MB) and Trip Report with Photos.

River Depth at Francisco gauge = 1.5 feet   Discharge = 120 cubic feet per second 


June 12, 2005.  704 to Flinchum Rd. - We had trouble picking where to paddle today and settled on the 13 mile run from the 704 bridge access point to the access point on Flinchum Road in Danbury, NC.  It was an overcast day and recent rains gave us nice water flow.  Lots of other paddlers were on the river today, more than we've ever seen.  Good day to be on the water. Click here for the trip report and more photos.

River Depth at Francisco gauge = 1.75 feet   Discharge = 205 cubic feet per second 


February 21, 2005Kibler Valley to Jessup's Mill - Jeff and I decided that we would cover fifteen miles of the Dan River, putting in at Kibler Valley, Virginia and taking out at Jessup's Mill, NC.  Overnight rains had increased the river flow, but not muddied the water.... perfect conditions.  The forecast called for rain, but not a drop fell all day.  We had paddled thirteen miles of the Dan in a lower section before and thought fifteen wouldn't be a problem.  Nine and a half hours after putting in under a heavy fog I climbed out of the river, in the dark, soaking wet, and as tired as I have been in a very, very long time.  So what happened, I'll tell you... click here for the full story and more photos.

River Depth at Francisco gauge = 1.75 feet   Discharge = 205 cubic feet per second


November 7, 2004Frye Rd to Flinchum Rd. - The water was crystal clear, the sun shining, the air a warm seventy degrees.  It was just a wonderful November day on the water.  We saw a spike buck at the put in, lots of big fish swimming under the boats, and a blue heron flying overhead.   Click here for the trip report and photos.

River Depth at Francisco gauge = 1.75 feet   Discharge = 205 cubic feet per second 


October 6, 2004704 to Flinchum Rd. - I hit the water in my new Dagger Element for the first time and had a great thirteen mile paddle in it.  Jeff and I started at the 704 bridge and took out at the Dan River Company on Flinchum Road.  Click here for the  trip report and photos.

River Depth at Francisco gauge = 1.92 feet   Discharge = 259 cubic feet per second


September 20, 2004Moore's Spring to Moratock - We paddled a ten mile stretch of the Dan River near Danbury, NC in a couple of rented Dagger Zydecos.  We put in at Moore's Spring Campground at 9:30am and the took out at Moratock Park at 3:00pm.  Click here for the full story and more photos.

River Depth at Francisco gauge = 1.65 feet   Discharge = 176 cubic feet per second


August 20, 2004Moore's Spring to Flinchum Rd - Jeff and I both had an awesome first time kayaking.  We rented two Liquidlogic Saphire Trekreational Kayaks from Dan River Canoe Co and made a 5 mile paddle on the Dan River with just superb weather.  Click here for more details and a lot more photos.

River Depth at Francisco gauge = 1.5 feet   Discharge = 149 cubic feet per second


The photos below are of Coiled Cobra at Jessup's Mill, the Dan's biggest and best rapid.  It is also one of only four Class IIIs it has to offer, according to Robert Altman's Adventures In The Dan River Basin.  The other three are the Power Plant Rapid, Public Enemy #2 and Basketball Falls.

 

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