Check Steve Marchi's Gooney site for up-to-date info on Gooney.
Quotes from Steve's site, used with permission:
If Gooney comes up and you decide to run it, bring a bow saw for any strainers that you may encounter.
The rain gauges for Gooney's watershed are located on Hogback Mountain and at Browntown. Follow the link: Rain Gauges for Hog Back Mountain and Browntown.
Also see Corbett, Roger, Virginia Whitewater.
Next photo: Bob Walsh clearing a strainer at "Chain Saw Rapid," also courtesy of Steve. Click on the picture for a bunch more excellent pics in Steve's site.
Ed Evangelidi testifies:
When lower Gooney Run is up, the upper stretch through the Browntown valley area is usually canoeable too. This seldom paddled stretch of fast water through mild rapids has only a few problems. One section braids a lot and it may be difficult to find deep water and one bridge has a strong series of barbed wire strands not only across the creek, but also up the sides of the portage route. But this section is a suggestion to lengthen an otherwise short Gooney Run trip.
This is the last hurrah and often comes up as a, um, surprise. Eddies are available at the top left, which is where you'll want to run. Go through a bouldery s-turn channel and look for another left side eddy. From here you can set up for the final chute-drop with a left to right peelout to straight down the middle.
Here's a recent video of the run, at about 3 inches on the painted gauge: https://youtu.be/m2DGkabVzE8
We had 2 mandatory portages, and a few other spots where portages could definitely be considered, and high water would have probably been 5 portages.
FYI The waypoints on the map, showing the put in and takeout are wrong.
Ran it after the big rains we got Tuesday, and Gooney was good to go. Levels were between 9" and 12". There were two pieces of wood in road-side part, but both were passable to the left and easy to see. First Falls has some wood in the scouting eddy, and a log across the left channel that would be hard to see over 12". There was also a river-wide must portage log about 5-6 rapids down from that, but, it was pretty easy to spot as the river bent to the right. Other than that, all clear.
I'd say Sandy did minimal damage to the run, this just looked like standard Gooney trees. Didn't see a lot of snapped branches or trees hanging in from the shore like I see a lot in WV now.
Got the follow from the usgs per its non reported gauge reading for Gooney....are there any local folk..boater or otherwise...who could help with acessing real-time levels here???
Thanx Steve Taylor firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello Mr. Taylor,
Real-time stream flow data collection at station 01630700 - Gooney Run near Glen Echo, VA was discontinued Oct. 28, 2009. This site, along with several others in the area were deactivated as a result of cooperative funding reductions. We apologize for the inconvenience. Historical data for this gage can still be accessed at:
Thanks for contacting the USGS.
Joel R. Guyer (email@example.com)
USGS Virginia Water Science Center
1730 East Parham Road
Richmond, VA 23228
Most of the wood was cleared out at the end of last spring. We ran it a month ago at 6" and there was only one portage. All of the blind drops were clear at that level. MK
This is not from Philippe Damiano, whoever he is. As of 9/05/06, all drops are runnable, although there is one tree in a trivial rapid that most people portage, and is sneakable only at the minimum level. Also, for you first-timers, there is one rapid down there, almost half-way down, that has a bad sieve on the right side---stay left or portage, please.--Robert Farmer
12 years ago
by Chris Moyles
A 2.56 ft. online gauge reading equals zero on the putin bridge gauge. The creek is low but runnable to at least -2 inches on the bridge gauge.
3 ft. online = 6 inches.
4 ft. online = 18 inches (beefy).
The gauge at the take-out under the 340 bridge is not accurate, due to water backing up from the Shenandoah and streambed changes.
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Low Water drop - 2nd Falls on the Gooney
Sieve at First Falls
Strainer on Gooney Run Virginia
Gooney - perfect day II
Suprise Rapid -Perfect Day
Running far left at 2nd Falls
Strainer on Gooney run
Bobby Miller in the middle of 1st Falls, Gooney Run
Joanna enjoying her first run of Gooney
Dr. Nick runs left at 2nd Falls, Gooney Run
Gooney Run, pulling through the hole at 2nd Falls
Gooney Run, eddy above 2nd Falls
Laura Links the Left
Boof at Second Falls
First Falls from above
Why do they call it "Chain Saw?"
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