Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: Are there any rapids along the Roanoke?
A: The Roanoke does have one area of rapids, a rarity east of I-95. Ideal levels for the whitewater enthusiast are from 1500 cfs to 3000 cfs. Depending on flow levels (the lower the level, the higher the class) the river offers riffles with Class 2 to Class 3 rapids near Weldon. Playboaters can launch at Weldon and paddle 100 yards to the main rapid there for surfing and playing, according to Chris Wicker, Director of the Roanoke Rapids Recreation Department. This rapid ranges between Class 2 and Class 3 depending on levels and what channel is run. As the water level rises above 5000 cfs, the rapids begin to be covered up. River flow and water levels can be determined by logging onto the links below. The first link relates to flow releases from the Roanoke Rapids Hydroelectric dam operated by Dominion Power. The second is a USGS web site with similar information. You may also want to contact the Roanoke Rapids Recreation Department for additional information.
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