Monday, August 18, 2008

Ride the Surge!

Special Water Release Planned
Smith River
Saturday, August 23rd
Generating: 8am-12pm

The Dan River Basin Association (DRBA) and the Creek Freaks of Franklin County have negotiated with the Army Corps of Engineers & Dominion Power to have a special recreational water release on Saturday, August 23rd. The water will begin rising at the Philpott Access at 8am, North Bassett Access at 10am, and the Fieldale Access at 12:30pm.
The Creek Freaks will have a booth at the Philpott Access with club information, they will also be leading two guided trips. Participants must sign a waiver at the Creek Freaks booth in order to participate.
Visit the DRBA booth at the North Bassett Access for river information and to purchase cold water paddle gear and quick dry tops, only $10 each! Edible Vibe Cafe' will also be at the Philpott Access serving nature bars and coffee.
Photos of paddlers can be viewed an purchased by visiting

Note: This trip is recommended for experienced paddlers only! The Smith River is cold with water temperatures of typically 42 degrees. For a fun and comfortable trip, it is best to wear quick drying breathable gear and splash wear. A life jacket is mandatory for all boaters who participate. Rapids on this section range from Class I to II. The river’s main hazard is it’s cold and swift current.

Dan River Basin Association:
Brian Williams 276-634-2592
Jennifer Doss 276-634-2545

Franklin County Creek Freaks
Scott Martin

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