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North Carolina whitewater, Flat River

Person Durham county, Route 161 to Lake Michie section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-III     4 miles
  The Route 161 to Lake Michie section of Flat River in North Carolina is 4 miles long and it is classified as a class I-III section by American Whitewater. The natural beauty of Person/Durham County and the cool fresh water beats anything. The put-in location is a short drive from Durham, as you can see on the road map further down. This is one of a small number of paddling sections in this river system, there are a few others too. A bit of
    exercise and just hanging out with mother nature are great reasons to come. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. On this section you do get some distance,
it's perfect for a one day trip. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way there are lots of good places for that around here. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in North Carolina is often easier than elsewhere, so if you're not from around here don't forget that a large number of rivers in this state are quite easy.

Briefly about the general area:
Going to Eno River State Park close to
Flat River is a pleasant thing to do, and if you're dropping by from Bahama, you won't be the only one. A trip to Falls Lake State Park when you're here at Flat River is never a bad idea. There's a forest here at Flat River called North Carolina State University Forest. Flat River is a pretty wet place regularly with a great deal of rain. For the period of July this area sees the most rain, and April is the month with the least moisture. Summertime at Flat River arrives with high temperatures in the 80's; the night is a tad colder of course, typically in the 60's. Daytime highs during the wintertime are in the 40's while Flat River nighttime low temperatures through the winter are in the 20's.

Flat River, Route 161 to Lake Michie road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Flat River.
 Whitewater Near Flat River:
Flat River, Person/Durham County, 1 miles away
      Class I-III - 4 miles long (Route 161 to Lake Michie)
Little River, Durham County, 6 miles away
      Class I-IV - 1.5 miles long (Johnson U. to US Route 501)
Flat River, Person/Durham County, 6 miles away
      Class I-III - 10 miles long (US Route 501 to Route 1614)
Eno River, Orange/Durham County, 12 miles away
      Class I-III - 8.5 miles long (Route 1567 below Duke Dam to US Route 501)
Stone's Creek, Orange County, 12 miles away
      Class IV+ - 0.08 miles long (Pleasant Green Dam to Eno River)
Eno River, Orange/Durham County, 14 miles away
      Class I-III - 6.2 miles long (Lawrence Road to Dam above Pleasant Green)
New Hope Creek, Orange County, 16 miles away
      Class II-III - 5 miles long (Turkey Farm Road to Erwin Road)
Tar River, Granville/Franklin/Vance County, 20 miles away
      Class I-III - 6.3 miles long (North Carolina Route 96 to Route 1203)
Little Fishing Creek, Granville County, 20 miles away
      Class I-II - 7 miles long (North Carolina Route 96 Bridge to Route 1622)
Neuse River, Wake County, 24 miles away
      Class I-III+ - 0.25 miles long (Falls Dam)
 Ski Areas Near Flat River:
Wintergreen, Virginia , 97 miles away, 1003 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
 Marinas Near Flat River:
Rollingview Marina, Durham , 15 miles away
 Hotels Near Flat River:
Holiday Inn Express DURHAM, Durham , 10 miles away
Super 8 Durham/University Area NC, Durham , 10 miles away
Hampton Inn - Suites Durham-North I-85 NC, Durham , 10 miles away
Courtyard Durham Near Duke University/Downtown, Durham , 10 miles away
Econo Lodge Creedmoor-Butner, Creedmoor , 10 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Flat River:
Holly Grove Campground, Durham County, 1 miles away
Falls Lake State Recreation Area - Rolling View, Raleigh, 14 miles away
Birchwood RV Park, Durham, 14 miles away
 Public Lands Near Flat River:
Eno River State Park, North Carolina , 11 miles away
Falls Lake State Park, North Carolina , 13 miles away
William B. Umstead State Park, North Carolina , 17 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Flat River:
Lake Winds Golf Course, Rougemont , 3 miles away
Treyburn Country Club, Durham , 3 miles away
Hillandale Golf Course, Durham , 10 miles away
 Lakes Near Flat River
Mayo Reservoir, Person , 20 miles away

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