Buckhannon - 1. Alexander to Tenmile

Buckhannon, West Virginia, US


1. Alexander to Tenmile

Usual Difficulty I-III (for normal flows)
Length 9.3 Miles
Avg. Gradient 20 fpm
Max Gradient 40 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-03052450 7.00 - 12.00 ft I-III 00h21m 7.5 ft (running)

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.
StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2005-07-05 22:21:21

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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September 13 2016 (555 days ago)
tonydaniel (158575)
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.
March 11 2012 (2202 days ago)
Joe TagDetails
At normal levels, Alexander to Beans Mill is quite a nice beginner grade run. Few hazards,
stretches of flatwater,and minimal difficulty. The most difficult section is below Beans Mill to
Tenmile, and provides a little more challenge.With nice drops and some tight turns,this is a
prelude to what is coming up in the Tenmile to Sago section. I am always looking for someone to do
either run with.
June 16 2008 (3566 days ago)
john dukeDetails
see link for a video of this run............ http://youtube.com/watch?v=WwYEHI9bXT8
June 9 2008 (3573 days ago)
Charles and Nancy BrabecDetails
Posting for a friend --- 3 of us paddled from Aexander to Alton Sunday. About mid-way through the
trip there is a massive river wide strainer that must be portaged. I'm sure you will see it before
you get too close so you can get stopped, but we did it at aroud 6.2 ft which is a least 1ft below
min. It might be harder at a high level.
April 21 2008 (3621 days ago)
x (1)
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.
June 4 2006 (4308 days ago)
Robert FarmerDetails
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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