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7. Rossville to Piperton

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Length of section: 6.4 miles

Duration of paddle trip:  3-5 hours

Difficulty level:  Intermediate to difficult; portages might be required; dangerous at high water levels; not recommended for beginners.

Put-in and take-out accessibility:  Easy, well developed access points.  Paved boat ramp and gravel parking lot at Rossville's William B. Clark Conservation Area off Hwy 194.  New gravel parking lot and boat ramp north of Piperton off Hwy 196.

Best water level:

Rossville River Gauge


This section of the Wolf River starts at a well designed cement boat ramp in the parking lot just past the Hwy.194 bridge over the Wolf River, a quarter mile north of downtown Rossville. This parking lot also provides access to the William B. Clark Preserve Boardwalk constructed above a bottomland hardwood swamp in the Wolf River floodplain. The take-out is 6.4 miles downstream at the new boat ramp off Hwy 196 north of Piperton.    

Each year WRC volunteer river guides paddle this section performing some channel clearing. However, frequent downed trees have been reported and portage is often necessary. If you would like to paddle this section, WRC recommends you join a First Saturday paddle scheduled for this section, usually November of each year. It is best to paddle with a group. Inexperienced / beginner paddlers can join guided trips with experienced paddlers to help with skills, passage through un-reported blockages and general trail information.

This section can normally be paddled in as little as 4 hours, though first-timers should allow more time, and the Safety Guidelines do apply. The ideal water level for paddling this section is between 3.5 and 6.50 feet on the Rossville River Gauge

On this section you will be paddling an unchannelized section of the Wolf; paddlers will experience a natural uncluttered class one river with meandering curves and bends. It is said that the largest bald cypress tree on the Wolf River is on this section, off a small tributary to river right, but so far no paddlers have been able to locate it. Unlike on the Ghost Section, paddlers rarely become disoriented or venture off course because the channel is clearly visible through the entire section. WRC has intentionally not put up any of the familiar blue and white canoe trail signs, thereby helping to keep this section as natural as possible.

Paddlers best vehicle shuttle between Rossville and Piperton is via Hwy. 57.


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