Get your groove on baby, it's a 60’s themed event! Started in 1983 to celebrate the
derailment of a hydro-electric project that would have disrupted the flows on the Gauley River,
Gauley Fest has grown to become the largest paddling festival in the world. Gauley Fest is also
our major education and outreach event and your support feeds our national river stewardship
efforts. Put September 13-16 in your calendar and join us in West Virginia.
For this year, 2018, American Whitewater is taking advantage of this year’s festival to
celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. To memorialize that historic
event we are flashing back to another era for a 60’s themed event. Just a heads up if you
want to join the fun - go to your local thrift store, or the back of your parents closet, and
bring 60's era themed clothing or accessories. It will be groovy baby! Far out.
The 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act marks an incredible opportunity to build
support and engagement around the need to grow our one-of-a-kind system of protecting outstanding
rivers. In keeping with the theme that the best defense is a good offense, American Whitewater is
currently working to designate new rivers for protection under the Act. We are the co-architect
of several Wild and Scenic River bills that are moving through Congress or in the works that
would protect some of our nation’s most spectacular headwaters.
For paddlers of the Gauley River, the rangers of the Gauley River National Recreation Area have
shared an open
with the boating community outlining what to expect on the Gauley this season.
There are still booth spaces available for those last minute planners. Sign up for space is