River levels are so low on the James right now, and while that might keep paddlers from enjoying a full run of the river, it certainly doesn’t stop people from finding new ways to play in the water. One opportunity that has been suggested is to play in the “hole” beside Hollywood Rapid. There is a very large hole in a granite boulder on the north side of the rapid that many swimmers jump into. I’ve been told that when the water levels are below 3.5 feet (Westham gauge) that it is safe and easy to exit the vertical hole. Take your goggles or mask and be sure to have swim buddies if you try this one out. Have you ever tried this? Does the hole run through the boulder and out into the river? Has anyone ever encountered problems trying this legendary rite of the river?
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