Join the Dan River Basin Association (DRBA) for a first-time event on Saturday, July 2. DRBA's First Saturday Outing will float the Smith River from The Great Road Access in Fieldale to Doe Run Access in Martinsville. Wayne Kirkpatrick and Mark Bishopric, both expert paddlers and DRBA board members, will coordinate the trip, rated as Class I - II.
Meet at 10:00 a.m. at the Great Road Access across the road from Solutia/Eastman Chemical Company, 4210 The Great Road, Fieldale, VA (GPS 36.727121, -79.948757) to unload boats and gear and set the shuttle. For boat rentals & shuttle, contact Three Rivers Outfitters, 336-627-6215, www.3-r-o.com.
Participants should supply boat, paddles, life jackets, water and lunch; wear water-shedding synthetic fabric or wool (not cotton, and certainly not blue jeans); and bring a back-up change of clothes. Since the river may be shallow in places, wear close-toed shoes appropriate for wading. Participants must sign a waiver.
DIRECTIONS: From US 220/US 58 north of Martinsville, exit onto VA 57A West/Fairystone Park Highway towards Stanleytown/Bassett. Take the first right onto Process Road (VA 907). At the end of the road, turn north (left) onto The Great Road. Access is on the right.
Outings and meetings of the Dan River Basin Association are free and open to the public.