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Holston River - Middle Fork - Maps & Access

Float 1:

In summer 2004, fisheries biologists floated a section of the Middle Fork Holston River from the town of Chilhowie at the bridge crossing on Route 763 (Smyth County) to the bridge crossing on Route 714 (Washington County). This section is approximately 5.8 river miles in length and consists of runs and long pools. The river flows through farms, pastures, and woodlands that are all in private ownership with no public access. The river is moderately narrow with widths ranging of approximately 60-90 feet. The channel is easy to navigate with little challenge for canoeist, however several locations require dragging through riffles if flows are low. Fishing remained constant throughout the float. Catch consisted mainly of rock bass, smallmouth bass, redbreast sunfish and bluegills. The average river flow for the summer months ranges from 80 to 130 cubic feet per second, (CFS). This year (2004) flows were above normal due to frequent rains. When flows are low this float will require dragging through shallow areas and riffles. The USGS river gage located at Seven Mile Ford can be accessed at the following website http://nwis.waterdata.usgs.gov/va/nwis/uv?dd_cd=01&dd_cd=03&format=gif&period=31&site_no=03474000 . It is recommended that this float be attempted during the late spring and early summer periods to take advantage of higher seasonal flows. Permission to access the river and launch canoes should be obtained from landowners.

Float 2:
In summer 2004, fisheries biologists with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries floated a section of the Middle Fork Holston River from Route 706 to the bridge crossing on Route 58 (Washington County). This section is approximately 6.4 river miles in length and consists of runs and long pools. The river flows through farms and pastures all in private ownership. This section of river is wider than sections higher upstream with widths ranging from approximately 90-150 feet. The channel is easy to navigate with little challenge for canoeist and much of the float is flat and requires some paddling. There are several locations that require dragging through riffles if flows are low. Fishing was good throughout the float. Catch consisted mainly of rock bass, smallmouth bass, redbreast sunfish and bluegills. The average river flow for the summer months ranges from 100 to 200 cubic feet per second, (CFS). This year (2004) flows were above normal due to frequent rains. When flows are low this float will require dragging through shallow areas and riffles. The USGS river gage located at Meadowview, Virginia can be accessed at the following website http://waterdata.usgs.gov/va/nwis/uv/?site_no=03475000&PARAmeter_cd=00065,00060,62620,00062 . It is recommended that this float be attempted during the late spring and early summer periods to take advantage of higher seasonal flows. Permission to access the river and launch canoes should be obtained from landowners.