Byllesby portage, public boat ramp along the New River to close for repairs

New River Valley News

(WFXR) – The Byllesby portage and public boat ramp on the New River will be temporarily closed for repairs at the Byllesby Dam.

The closure will begin on Friday, Aug. 6 and will continue through Friday, Aug. 13.

Repairs will require lowering the Byllesby reservoir to an elevation of 2,070 feet or approximately nine feet below the normal full pond of 2,079 feet.

The Byllesby Dam and powerhouse, and its sister Buck Dam and powerhouse downstream, are located in Carroll County near Galax.

Signs indicating the closure will be posted at Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources access points above the reservoir.

The alternative for river kayakers and canoeists is to take out at Fries — the last access before reaching Byllesby.

The nearest location to put in downstream of the dam (hand-launching only) is at Ivanhoe.

Appalachian Power plans to make repairs to the stanchions associated with the flashboards to complete studies being conducted as part of the relicensing process at the Byllesby-Buck Hydroelectric Project.

Once repairs are made, the reservoir will be raised based upon water inflow.

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