Re: Elk River
The access you speak of is Garners Ford, to many people abusing the right of way to the river, the owner closed it, he was broken into a few times, deck and steps near the river were used for firewood.
The next and only one before (Hurdlow) to us locals, is at General Lowes island. You will have to hand carry your boat around 100 yards or more. To get to it, leave the dam heading east toward Winschester, travel about 1 mile and on your right will be Vernon Ridge Road, turn on it and go about 7/10th of a mile and on your right will be Vanzant Bend Road, turn on it and travel 1 mile, these distances are close but not measured except on my computer map.
Dam to Garners Ford is 2.5 miles, Dam to General Lowes is around 5.5 miles.