Big Beaver Creek - Craigsville to Gauley River


Big Beaver Creek, West Virginia, US

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Craigsville to Gauley River

Usual Difficulty IV-V+ (for normal flows)
Length 4.5 Miles
Avg. Gradient 75 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
GAULEY RIVER NEAR CRAIGSVILLE, WV
usgs-03189100 12.90 - 13.90 ft IV-V+ 01h23m 13.21 ft (running)


River Description

This is a very small streambed with many hydraulics. One and possibly two portages.

Putin: Bridge on CR-5 west of Craigsville

Takeout: Confluence with the Gauley. Take CR-5 west from Craigsville and look for a 4wd dirt road on the left. It's about 1/2-3/4 mile down to the river. I wouldn't drive my 4wd truck down there.


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2004-08-04 22:51:59

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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February 27 2008 (3914 days ago)
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this creek is ok. Lots of flatwater, both on the creek and alot more on the Gauley. The drops are
BIG in the middle section. Several BAD seives in between the first hard one(ten footer) and the
falls(sliding drop). SCOUT THIS WHOLE SECTION! its not an easy scout, but you need to know where
the sieves are. SET SAFETY ON THE RIGHT! enjoy the long paddle out, not far after this. mostly
class III to IV, BUT the hard section is good class V creeking. Brandon Reynolds !
June 4 2006 (4546 days ago)
Robert FarmerDetails
When I ran it a few years ago (2002), there was no wood, but this probably changes every so often.
The "mandatory piton" drop is not really a mandatory piton, although it's tight. However, beware of
the falls immediately downstream---quite exciting when you're not expecting it! Scout left. This is
an excellent, great run, with enough water and no logs. At the time, I ran every drop, with no
undue stress, other than the surprise falls. When driving the shuttle from the put-in, turn left at
the first intersection. The next left occurs where the road turns @130 degrees to the right; it
looks kind of like the driveway of the house on the left. The road was great (perfect--I'd drive my
Mercedes down there) when I was there. This leads to a popular fishing spot (well-below the
confluence) on the Gauley. When I put on, the water was @ 6 inches below the top of the big rock
upstream of the put-in bridge. This was probably too low for most people, but it did work. Use your
own judgment.
June 9 2003 (5638 days ago)
Charles and Nancy BrabecDetails
According to a friend there is a lot of wood in the creek. His group took off because of it.


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