The Commonwealth of Virginia has a diversity of rivers and streams that is matched
by few other states. The state is drained by hundreds of rivers, creeks, and runs
that flow into nine major river basins, plus those that drain into the Chesapeake
Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. These rivers and streams flow through five major geological
regions, changing their nature and size as they pass, offering new and varied challenges
for the boater. And these adventures are now for you. The rivers, creeks, and runs
of Virginia provide the boater with many types of trips, varying from exciting whitewater
to peaceful floating to multi-day camping.
The size of the streams varies from small runs that are scarcely wider than a canoe
is long to major rivers with widths of over 300 yards. The scenery on these streams
varies from remote canyons to urban areas, from coastal swamps to mountain cliffs,
from open pasturelands to dense forests. The water varies from crystal clear in
the mountains, to yellowish in the Piedmont, to greenish in the upper valleys, to
tea-colored in the tidewater area. And it all awaits you.
This site is based on the works of Roger Corbett, the author of Virginia Whitewater
who had been paddling and exploring the rivers of Virginia since 1963, and had been
writing guidebooks for streams in West Virginia, Maryland, and Virginia since 1965.
He combined his love for the rivers of Virginia, his fascination with the history
of Virginia, and his broad knowledge of river characteristics into his writings.
He was the author or coauthor of six outdoor books, a member of many canoeing clubs,
and an activist in environmental issues. Roger Corbett was also the author and is
the sole researcher for a project entitled, Minimum Instream Flow Requirements for
Recreational Boating; his final research report is used by the COE, TVA, FERC, BLM,
BoR, NPS, USFS, and other governmental agenciesconcerned with instream flow requirements.
MINIMUM IN-STREAM FLOW REQUIREMENTS FOR RECREATIONAL
SAIC Report No. 01 -0239-0920-01
Science Applications International Corporation 1710 Goodridge Drive McLean, VA 22102
Virginia Whitewater A Paddlers Guide to the Rivers of Virginia can be purchased here