The Dan River Basin Association will explore a new portion of the Dan River in its First Saturday Outing .
The event involves an exploration of a 7-mile section of the Dan River from Pine Hall to Madison, NC.
This portion of the river moves across the Stokes/Rockingham County line three times, creating two large, horseshoe shaped bends. The Norfolk Southern Railroad parallels the river for much of the way.
Remnant of past river uses are found in remains of Amerindian fish dams, v-shaped stuctures used by both native and European inhabitants to collect fish on their annual spawning migrations that ended when large dams were constructed down-river in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Many of the navigation structures are hidden beneath sand and water backed up about three miles by the Lindsay Bridge Dam, where the float will conclude. About a mile before the dam, some of the rocks at Cross Rock Shoal and Fish Dam may be above water, with an opening on river right for easy pasage.
Those interested should meet at 10am at the Pine Hall Bridge on Pine Hall Road, Route 1908, to unload boats and gear and set the shuttle.
Participants should arrange to supply boat, paddles, life jackets, water and lunch; wear water-shedding artificial fabric or wool; and provide a back-up change of clothing.
All participants will be asked to sign a waiver.
For more information, call trip coordinator Mark Bishopric at 336-627-6215 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org