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Boating: South Fork of the Shenandoah River

This trip was originally posted as a two-day outing but it has been revised to a one-day excursion.

Leaving Wintergreen early in the morning, we'll head to the South Fork of the Shenandoah River starting from Bealer's Ferry (map) and paddle down to Burner's Ford.

This river trip is about 11 miles with a picnic at the halfway point. This is a very scenic part of the Shenandoah River that wanders through quiet Virginia farmland and campgrounds with several majestic gorges along the way.

There are numerous class I and II whitewater rapids to navigate, none of which are particularly difficult. Be prepared to bump your way around rocks and ledges along the way. 

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About a mile from the takeout there is an exciting area called Compton's Rapids, a 100-yard stretch of roller-coaster rapids. It looks challenging but we know the trick: As long as you keep your boat pointed downstream to the right, you'll zip right through it. (We always wish there was some way we could go back and do it again because it's so much fun!)

The club has two sit-in kayaks and a sit-on kayak available to members as loaners and WSC volunteers will trailer them to and from the site. Email to reserve one for this trip.

Also, kayak and canoe rentals and livery services are available through Shenandoah River Outfitters in Luray. WSC will gladly make arrangements and handle reservations for the group.

We will be able to change out of wet clothing at the outfitters. We will stop off in Staunton for a group dinner on the way back. (Non-boating members are welcome to meet us for dinner.)

Join us. Confirm your plans or get questions answered my emailing Jerry Rendich at