Roanoke River Professional Review and Guide
"The Roanoke River begins in the Blue Ridge Mountains of northwestern Virginia. It is known as the Staunton River for the last 85 miles in Virginia. Near the Virginia and North Carolina border, it is impounded in three back-to-back lakes: Kerr Reservoir, Lake Gaston, and Roanoke Rapids Lake. Flow in the river below Roanoke Rapids Lake is regulated by a hydroelectric project. Flow is usually 2,000–14,000 cfs but can go as high as 20,000 cfs depending on power needs.
Upstream of Roanoke Rapids, the Roanoke River drains almost 8,400 square miles. It provides whitewater before flowing over the Fall Line and entering the Coastal Plain below Weldon. Downstream, there is little development and only four bridges as it flows past Halifax, Hamilton, Williamston, Jamesville, and Plymouth before reaching Albemarle Sound. A paddling trip from Roanoke Rapids to Plymouth covers 124 miles. Because there are large distances between access points, some of the river sections are usually paddled as campers. Between Hamilton and Williamston, camping is allowed on the state-owned Roanoke River Wetlands."