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Difficulty I-III
Length 9.3 Miles
Gauge BUCKHANNON R AT BUCKHANNON, WV
Flow Range 7 - 12 FT
Flow Rate as of: 41 minutes ago 11.91 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 07/05/2005 10:21 pm

River Description


The 3.3 mile section from Alexander to Alton has minimal gradient and this section may be skipped by using Alton as an alternate put-in. This is recommended especially if the stage is under nine feet. At stages above ten feet big river conditions start developing. The steepest mile is below Beans Mill. The take-out is at the bridge in Tenmile.<br />
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Lat/longitude coords are approximate, from TopoZone.

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Robert Farmer
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12 years ago

The best put-in is at Bean's Mill, I've been told (and I was happy with it) but this is just an unmarked pull-off near a bridge. Bring an atlas. Combining this with the run downstream is nice; also, this run is much easier (Class 2-3) than is the next one downstream (up to Class 4+ or so). This is a quite-nice run.

Put-in at Bean's Mill from Sago: Drive upstream to fork at Big Bend Church. Left goes to Tenmile; right goes to Bean's Mill. Go straight past another left (back to Tenmile). Stay left at a fork; go up a slight hill. Stay left/turn left 90 degrees downhill at another intersection. The last turn is a 90-degree right turn, where there's a house with a very big yard up the hill to the right. There are two bridges at Bean's Mill. I've heard that this cuts out all of the flat water, leaving the best section. All that I can say for sure is that this section is enjoyable and moves steadily, never personally having been upstream.

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John Duke
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10 years ago

see link for a video of this run............ http://youtube.com/watch?v=WwYEHI9bXT8

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10 years ago

This is a bueatiful stretch of river. At lower levels it is deceptively difficult. I put in at Beans Mill and took out at the rail road trussell below old Imperial (imperial is whare the steel cables still span the river) This is a very remote and awesome stretch of river. There are a couple of niice drops and a lot of twists and turns. I had to portage around one lodged tree about 1 mile below beams.A lot of drops come up suddenly and arent in sight untill your on top of them. this run merrits a 2-3 rating but its remoteness is a 10.

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Anthony Daniel
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2 years ago

I found one of the shuttle's roadways had a section that had reverted back to private ownership and was gated. Other sections were slow and very rough. So while it is the long way around we used route 20 and passed the french creek game park and utilized alexander-helvetia road rather than drive near the river. Leave plenty of shuttle time for this run.

Summary of Gauge Readings

NWS sets flood stage at 23 feet.
The gauge is located 15 miles downstream of the take-out.

Gauge NameReadingTimeComment
BUCKHANNON R AT BUCKHANNON, WV
AW Gauge Info
11.91 ft 00h41m n/a
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Gauley Fest - September 13-16, 2018 - Summersville, WV

2018-09-04 07:58:00-04
Mark Singleton

Get your groove on baby! This year Gauley Fest is a 60’s themed event 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 throwdown. 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.

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2018 Letter To Gauley Boaters From The NPS (WV)

2018-08-21 10:07:00-04
Mark Singleton

American Whitewater received the following open letter to boaters from the rangers and staff of the Gauley River National Recreation Area. This letter will keep you up to date on important management actions of the National Park Service on the Gauley River. Enjoy your paddling season on this classic whitewater river. As in past years, American Whitewater has leased the field above Masons Branch, also known as the Legg field, for overflow parking.

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Cheat Canyon Settlement Reached; Land Set Aside for Endangered Species

2007-02-13 00:00:00-05
Charles Walbridge

After two years of intense negotiations an agreement reached to protect endangered species in the Cheat River Canyon. Allegheny Wood Products acquired roughly 5,000 acres in the Cheat Canyon below Albright, WV in 2003 for $9.75 million. When they began building roads and cutting trees the following year the government took no steps to enforce the Endangered Species Act. A lawsuit was filed in 2005 by Friends of Blackwater Canyon, the WV Chapter of the Sierra Club, and the Cheat Lake Environmental and Recreational Association. Although American Whitewater was not a party to the litigation we are gratified that an agreement was reached and commend both parties for their efforts.
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