Buckhannon - 2. Tenmile to Sago


Buckhannon, West Virginia, US

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2. Tenmile to Sago

Usual Difficulty III-IV (for normal flows)
Length 4.8 Miles
Avg. Gradient 53 fpm
Max Gradient 75 fpm

S-turn Rapid, entering Middle route


S-turn Rapid, entering Middle route
Photo of Paul Lange (MI) by Karen Frank taken 05/07/04 @ 8.8

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
BUCKHANNON R AT BUCKHANNON, WV
usgs-03052450 7.00 - 11.00 ft III-IV 00h59m 7.2 ft (running)


River Description

Joseph Greiner wrote:

We ran this on 5/4/2002 at 8.4 and falling slowly on the Buckhannon gauge. Cannot believe this stretch does not get more traffic. It's delightful and interesting and scenic and remote.

SHUTTLE. easier than the book says. It is easy to find Sago. We parked upstream of the bridge in Sago about a mile where the road widened and there was a clear place to park. From there we continued upstream and the paved road turned away from the river and went through a coal mine and breaking operation. Continue on this paved road up and up until you come to Big Bend Church on your left. At this point you can turn to the right down a very good looking gravel road (WRONG!!) or you can go straight ahead down what looks like a little traveled dirt road (CORRECTO MUNDO!!). This road starts downhill almost immediately and after about 2-3 miles...you're in Tenmile. The road is fine to travel and unless there is a washout or something, any vehicle can travel it. (We had a Ford Van and later a Plymouth Reliant.) Total time about 15 minutes or less. As of 5/4/2002 we were told by a local to park and put in on River Right upstream of the bridge. According to a resident, this property has been purchased by the state of WV. This property is "Kamp Rippling Waters." (The owners, Neil & Barb, say "Kamp Rippling Waters is privately owned as a 'get-away' cabin but we still allow access to the river. We just ask that the property and river be treated with respect. And if we are there, stop in long enough to say Hi.")

THE RIVER: guidebook has it about right. At the level we ran it at (using Nantahala Falls as reference rapid at class III-), we four thought that about 4-5 rapids deserved a rating (depending on the rapid) from about a class III- to a III+ or maybe IV- ratings. All scoutable and walkable, although none of us walked any. None of them surprised us. The river is approximately pool and drop in character. Don't let the gradient in the guide book of 53 fpm fool you. If one takes out the flat last mile then the gradient goes to about 70-75 fpm and that is about what it felt like. If you like the Upper Meadow at about 6 feet or the Middle Fork at 3.5-4.5, try this one at 7.0-9.0 some day. I predict a pleasant surprise.
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Last Updated: 2006-01-03 19:51:40

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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April 20 2016 (766 days ago)
peril12 (154195)
Warning! There is a branch-less tree 12" diameter trunk (a bole) dangerously blocking the left,
normally run stairstep chute (with a small obstructing boulder midway down) of a cascade with a 6'
drop maybe a mile (?) downriver from the TenMile bridge. The bole could not be seen from downriver
of it, nor when scouting from upriver, only from a wood pile above atop 10' (?) boulders on the
left shore, looking down! Luckily, I found the driftwood pile convenient to walk out onto! At
around 8.5' (don't remember exactly) on the gauge, the bole was just below the surface, just past
the second (?) 1' ledge drop hole, where a kayaker would see it just before it hit his chest after
his boat had dived! The rest of the river there didn't look run-able to me. I and my kayaker buddy
walked around, of course. I suppose a much higher level of water would safely submerge the bole.
April 14, 2016
March 17 2007 (4088 days ago)
Robert FarmerDetails
The first drop below Ten Mile has bad sieves to the center and right (i.e. no passable channel,
river goes under rocks). Stay left!!! Scout to be sure. This is a very pleasant run, but keep an
eye out for logs. The shuttle is easy.
May 9 2002 (5860 days ago)
Joseph GreinerDetails
We ran this on 5/4/2002 at 8.4 and falling slowly on the Buckhannon gauge. Cannot believe this
stretch does not get more traffic. It's delightful and interesting and scenic and remote.
SHUTTLE. easier than the book says. It is easy to find Sago. We parked upstream of the bridge in
Sago about a mile where the road widened and there was a clear place to park. From there we
continued upstream and the paved road turned away from the river and went through a coal mine and
breaking operation. Continue on this paved road up and up until you come to Big Bend Church on your
left. At this point you can turn to the right down a very good looking gravel road (WRONG!!) or you
can go straight ahead down what looks like a little traveled dirt road (CORRECTO MUNDO!!). This
road starts downhill almost immediately and after about 2-3 miles...you're in Tenmile. The road is
fine to travel and unless there is a washout or something, any vehicle can travel it. (We had a
Ford Van and later a Plymouth Reliant.) Total time about 15 minutes or less. As of 5/4/2002 we were
told by a local to park and put in on river right upstream of the bridge. According to a resident,
this property has been purchased by the state of WV. On 5/4/2002 the property still had a sign on
it proclaiming it to be "Kamp Rippling Waters".
THE RIVER: guidebook has it about right. At the level we ran it at (using Nantahala Falls as
reference rapid at class III-), we four thought that about 4-5 rapids deserved a rating (depending
on the rapid) from about a class III- to a III+ or maybe IV- ratings. All scoutable and walkable,
although none of us walked any. None of them surprised us. The river is approximately pool and drop
in character. Don't let the gradient in the guide book of 53 fpm fool you. If one takes out the
flat last mile then the gradient goes to about 70-75 fpm and that is about what it felt like. If
you like the Upper Meadow at about 6 feet or the Middle Fork at 3.5-4.5, try this one at 7.0-9.0
some day. I predict a pleasant surprise.


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